WHAT IS IT?
What is intuitive eating?
It is listening to your body and what it is trying to tell you.
Does it crave something salty? Or maybe some green veg?
Intuitive eating is also about pausing and thinking if you are hungry or not. How hungry you are.
Getting your nutrition right before exercise is vital in order to make the most of the training session or race. Taking on the right fuel, in the right quantity, has the potential to make or break the session.
But what about nutrition after exercise? How important is it to eat well afterwards, and what are the best foods to fuel your recovery?
Vegan and plant-based diets are big news right now. Everyone seems to be eating less meat and more veg, part of the time at least, thanks to meat free Monday and other projects and hashtags. Several athletes, including the ultra-marathon runner Scott Jurek, have attributed their outstanding performances to their vegan diet. But just because a vegan diet works well for some athletes does that mean we would all be better off going vegan? What evidence is there that a fully plant-based diet improves athletic performance?
I am always prompted to write blog posts based on my own current experiences.
A few days ago I was out for a long training run before the sun was up.
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"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away".
A wonderful quote, very applicable after spending yesterday walking along the South coast from Eastbourne to Seaford, over Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters.
As part of choosing to eat a vegetarian diet throughout January I have taken the opportunity to experiment with cooking with different ingredients and combinations of flavours. In no way can I claim to be a chef or a cook, I am far more comfortable with what I describe as food assembly than actual cooking.
This simple lunch based around lentils and spring greens was something I threw together one day after raiding the fridge. My favourite way of assembling a super speedy and healthy lunch!
As many people undertake dry January after an often very 'wet' December there are many health benefits to be had from even a short time of no alcohol.
This is a lovely savoury soup with a great depth of flavour thanks to the brussels sprouts and parmesan.
Iron insufficiency in runners, especially female runners, is very common. Low levels of iron in the blood can contribute to tiredness, impact adrenal and thyroid hormone health, and result in poor training and race performance. The good news is that there is plenty that can be done through the food we eat.
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Helen Morton, registered Nutritional Therapist. sports nutritionist, runner and food lover, sharing latest nutrition research and recipes.