I spent a lot of years worrying about food. I still worry about it sometimes. Now my worries are more like thoughts, and my thoughts are about the best way to fuel my body for running, but I also refuse to be restrictive with food in any way. I never want to say no to a social situation again because I won’t eat something, or I don’t want to eat in front of people.
Still – there is just so much information out there. I listened to this really interesting podcast with Tina Muir and Tawnee Prazak. It is about how eating lower carb, higher fat, and carbs from sources like starchy vegetables have helped Tina lose body fat, have better focus, and have less issues with her gut. That really interested me because I would like to be a little leaner and I definitely would love to have less issues with my gut.
I also listened to this equally interesting podcast with Rich Roll and Griff Whalen. Griff is a vegan NFL player. He talked about how being vegan has reduced inflammation and allowed him to recover. He also talked about how much grain goes to feed one animal that is raised to be slaughtered for consumption. That really piqued my interest because I SUCK at recovery haha!! I need all the help I can get to stay healthy and inflammation is the biggest culprit. I also love animals and sometimes struggle with eating beef/chicken/ect.
So I tried eating high fat, low carb for a couple weeks. My tummy did not seem to like it. To do more “paleo” style eating, you also can’t eat bread. Which I really don’t like HAHA. Or rice. No Chipotle. Another concern I had was getting an easy dinner pre-race. If I am in Chicago, I am not about to go to hell and back to find a sweet potato for dinner. Tina actually told a story about trying to find a “jacket potato” (she is so cute with her accent!) the night before her race and going from restaurant to restaurant with her parents. I also noticed my skin broke out and there was a lot shut down in the gut region if you catch my drift. Maybe those things would have gone away if I had been really strict and stuck to it for longer.
So then I started to think, that I wasn’t loving paleo – so I’ll become vegan!! But…then I can’t have pizza with my boyfriend. Or share my favorite sushi with my dad. And no eggs! You can have all the avocado toast you want though!
So what to do? How about…nothing! At least, not anything that is a particular style of eating. I am going to incorporate more plant based meals – hello rice, beans and spinach – I could eat that for dinner every night. I do see how that could help reduce inflammation. I am also going to fear eating fat less. Avocado toast, coconut manna, and eggs with yolks. For now, I don’t want to swear off any foods. I am not going to only eat certain foods. I am not going to say no to foods just because I am afraid they aren’t perfectly healthy foods.
What are you favorite go to meals to nourish your body and soul? (Wine and chips feed your soul, I am sure of it.)
What is your favorite meal for recovery?