I thought starting a discussion about runners, nutrition, and why everyone runs might be an interesting topic. I used to be one of those who could eat whatever I want when I was young and active. As I got older that changed, and running became more important. I've always enjoyed running, but there was a "phase" in my life that I didn't run very much. I then started running to still "be able" to eat whatever I want. Well I then got injured, and whoa, I learned a lesson there, LOL! I then started to eat WAY healthier (and on occasion stray a little). Eating healthy just became part of my lifestyle. I occasionally reward myself with my favorite bad foods like pizza haha ...... but I make myself work for it. I've now become very addicted to nutrition articles, eating real food (not processed) like a lot more veggies and fruit, cut out bread about 98% of my monthly diet, eat very little pasta, grains, etc. (I eat about 80& Paleo now). Would love to hear everyone's story about why you run, and if you are one of those that run to eat, or healthy eater all around and if you have any great articles or experiences about eating and running. We have a few members in Fifty States HALF Marathon Club that started running a lot of half marathons, some losing 50 to 100 pounds! Some amazing stories!
Oh, and eventhough I'm 80% Paleo now, I do eat mashed potatoes race morning, ... my whacky race day breakfast, long slow burning carbs! Got a friend hooked on it now also after they tried it and had a great race!
Do you have a great story of running and food or nutrition, or how running changed your life?
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I imagine there are a few like myself. I eat semi-healthy but run so I can eat without concerns about weight. I just got my physical with blood work and the whole deal, I came in very healthy. Again, most days I eat pretty healthy. But with the amount I run, I can eat about anything I want. On occasion, I do just that.
I love the fact that I can eat what I want as long as I run.
That being said since I started to run in 2008 my way of eating has changed drastically!
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The right answer is: Eat to train not train to eat. It's hard to live by all the time!
i find that the more i run and stay in good shape, my body seems to need less food and wants better nutrition craving things like kale salad and more greens and not having the same cravings for meat. it's amazing how we can adapt. i wonder if it has something to do with the increase in lactate threshold.
I became a whole foods, plant based eater after running for a year, because running made me really FEEL the fuel I was putting into my body. I have noticed a huge difference in how I feel and perform after switching to a diet with no animal products and avoiding processed foods. It's been incredible. The documentary Forks Over Knives was a huge influence, and then reading blogs like NoMeatAthlete.com and ForkstoFeet.com and seeing all the vegan distance runners and performance athletes out there just solidified my decision.
My husband is a regular marathoner, and he's had no complaints switching to our new lifestyle. I guess after he read Born to Run he got really interested in chia seeds and other plant based nutrition, so we've both been loving it!
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I run because I love it and it makes me happy. I eat clean for the same reasons. The whole body works together and I don't believe it makes sense to do one thing correctly, and another poorly. Sure, I have days where I slip up a tad, but for the most part it's a clean lifestyle all day everyday:)
I run because I know the exercise is good for my mind and my body. I eat healthy because it makes me feel good. The thought of eating chemical ladden and heavily processed food scares me. Exercising and eating right is how I take care of myself.
I used to think that exercise was a ticket for me to eat whatever I wanted. Of course, I was 15 when I thought that and I've definitely changed, too. I think most everyone here will agree that what you eat affects your performance.
I only run for fun and fitness (no marathons or anything), so I'm not hyper-focused on getting just the right amount of nutrients, but I try to eat...not so much, and mostly plants. : ). As I get older (I'm 27 now) maybe my diet will change--I guess it depends on what your needs are.
Sure, being a runner, you should be able to cheat a little more on your diet than non-runners but you are a athlete; eat like one.