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I can eat whatever I want because I will be running xx miles later.
I can eat whatever I want because I ran xx miles this morning.
Have you heard these two statements before or have you been guilty of saying them yourself? I know I've been there. In the past I judged the amount and quality of food I would be eating based solely on my physical activity - I ran for my food. If I wanted a beer or two at 11am, I wouldn't hesitate because I went out and ran 2-4 miles. I mean, I already burned those calories, right?!
This is a completely wrong way of thinking. It's not good for your body, let alone your goals. Let's say you have a running goal for a new PR distance or PR time. None of this will happen with poor fuel. Yep, fueling the body is the only way to achieve physical goals. But please remember, I am not a professional or licensed dietician. The correct way runners should be thinking about food is to feed the run. Load up on healthy foods that will nourish your body.
I am still learning to fuel my body the correct way while still enjoying life. If I want to enjoy some pizza, I will - all in moderation. But to only eat pizza, fried chicken, candy, and beer because I ran xx miles is not a good way of thinking.
Recently I have been grabbing the Balance Bar chocolate mint cookie crunch. The 40/30/30 balance helps keep me on track with my macros, when I actually calculate them, and the protein helps repair my tired, achy muscles.
I highly, highly, highly recommend you give these a try. Not only are they balanced well and provide a substantial amount of protein, but they are delicious. Like I-could-eat-5-of-these-a-day delicious! This has not occurred but might in a day's rage of hunger.
Balance Bar sent me this lovely box to chomp away on and you could receive one too. Just check out the Giveaway Tools' box below to enter. And just for your own sake, I suggest you buy yourself a box because if you win, they will not last long!!
Do you run to eat or eat for running?