So this year I have tried really hard to be more dedicated to nutrition. I am one of those people, the kind everyone loves to hate, that can eat anything. Training or not I am the same weight. So here is my dilemma. Even though I have tried to avoid junk food, I have found that during my training I am hungry a lot and find myself eating junk. Not as much as last year but still. Girl scout cookies, corn nuts, candy, jelly beans, easter candy, chocolate. What are everyone's thoughts on this and how much does it effect training and performance on race day?
You will be amazed how your life will improve it you take control of what you eat. Sign up for counseling – three or four meetings – with a professional dietitian at a major fitness club. Work with your nutrition coach to design a default program of six meals a day, based only on food that you are happy to eat. Buy a food scale. Measure portions. Prepare a spreadsheet that plans out carbs, protein, and fat. Consume – I can’t remember – I think it’s one gram of protein per pound of body weight per day. Eat adequate fat - good fat. Avoid sugar except in fruit. Read ingredients. Fuel up before workouts. Do a sodium audit, avoid hidden sodium such as cottage cheese, and get your sodium numbers close to 2000 mg per day. Do it, and life will be better. You will never look back.
I do agree with Harvey, but I also find myself enjoying sweets and the occasional pizza with the family. I do try to eat a huge healthy salad 2x a day along with my meal but with busy schedules, picky kids and a busy husband sometimes we eat what we can, when we can.
*confession* I'm in a hotel in Ogden, UT right now...just had a bag of fruit chewies that are for my kids.