The big question from new runners is what foods should I a runner eat?
I just read this list of 20 healthy foods for under $1 on New York Times. It reminds us that you don’t need to break the bank to eat healthy.
1. Oats: High in fiber and good for cholesterol.
2. Eggs: Costing about a dollar for a half-dozen, these are one of the cheapest sources of protein.
3. Kale: At about a dollar a bunch, this is one of the cheapest greens you’ll find in the supermarket.
4. Potatoes: Stay away from fries and chips, and eat them skin and all as a good source of vitamin C and potassium.
5. Apples: Tasty, cheap and filling.
Read the rest of the foods HERE
Its hard to get sleep on the eve of a marathon, its either the thought of beating your personal best or not finishing the marathon that denies a runner some descent sleep. I remember the night on the eve of my first marathon, I spent more time checking my watch than sleeping.
Food to beat Insomnia: Tryptopha
An article on Yahoo Health claims Tryptophan is the secret food to help you sleep.
Tryptophan, is an amino acid component of many plant and animal proteins. Its one of the natural sedatives.
According to Joy Bauer the nutritionist who wrote the article,
“Tryptophan is one of the ingredients necessary for the body to make serotonin, the neurotransmitter best known for creating feelings of calm, and for making you sleepy.”
Biggest Cause of Insomnia: Worry And Excitement
When I used to suffer from Insomnia I read so many ideas on how to fall asleep, some were clever others weird. None of the ideas that I tried worked. What worked was when I stopped worrying and being too excited, two causes of Insomnia.
No amount of food or pills can take away your worries and excitement but if you want a quick fix, read Joy’s article on foods to eat that contain tryptophan, to help you sleep.
Am always experimenting with different ideas that can make me a better runner. I have discovered eating a banana just before your run can do more harm than good. This was surprising because I know fruits are rich in sugar which provides energy for muscles.
I ate a banana before my yesterday, regular Sunday morning half marathon training. My thinking was that the sugar from the banana would give me an energy boost.
After 30 minutes of running I started feeling like a stone was inside my stomach. Something heavy was inside my stomach and made me feel uncomfortable. When one is running your whole body is shaking, the stomach and the intestines are moving from one side to another. This shaking makes it impossible for any digestion to take place and the poor banana was stuck inside the stomach.
Since no digestion took place I never got the expected energy boost. I just persevered running with the discomfort until my mind forgot about it.
Other foods I never eat just before running.
Bread, although I know bread is one of the carbon loading food, I have discovered eating it just before your run, leaves’ you feeling like a stone is inside your stomach, just like the banana. Bread is best eaten at least 3 hours before road running.
Fruits, orange, passion fruit, the juice is great but when you start running it leaves your throat irritated, dry and makes you feel thirsty.
If you have a food that you avoid eating before a run, share with me?