I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how and what I eat. So here is an example day. I’m not a registered dietitian or nutritionist, and I still have a lot to learn myself. This is just an example of what is normal. It is really important to make sure you are eating enough to support your training – that is what lets you run 🙂
As I mentioned in previous posts, I workout very early in the morning. I’ve always worked out on an empty stomach. I know that isn’t ideal for many people, but so far that is what I like best. Before I leave for the gym, I drink Amino Energy Preworkout and Beet Elite. As soon as I done working out, I drink a scoop of Gold Standard Whey protein mixed with water. Even though I eat breakfast not too long after the Protein powder, it is still necessary to get a quick hit of protein and calories immediately after your workout to help you recover.
6am – Breakfast. I’ve been eating the same breakfast for a lot years. A nutritionist helped me put it together as part of a meal plan when I was in college & I liked to so much, I’ve never deviated. Weird, I know. 6 egg whites with cilantro and/or spices, one piece of ezekiel bread, 1 tbsp nut butter, and 1 banana. Sometimes I throw veggies in the eggs, but not very often.
9:00 am – Snack. Depending on whether I’m in my car, or at the office, I’ll usually have a Quest Bar, Siggi’s yogurt with berries, or a slice of ezekiel bread with nut butter and a banana.
12:00 – Lunch. This is usually some form of veggie, protein and starch. I try to prep my meals the night before and on the weekends. I’m very lucky in that I can sometimes come home for lunch. Depending on how much I’m running, I will add more rice or potatoes (as needed). Protein pancakes are also one of my favorites for lunch or dinner. Pictured below are protein pancakes and chicken with rice and green beans.
3:00 pm Snack again! This is similar to the 9:00 am snack. I also like to drink Nuun once a day to keep my electrolytes and vitamins all good. Plus its tasty and helps me stop from snacking on all the delicious junk in my office.
6:00pm – Dinner. Same concept as lunch. Pictured below: pork chop with zucchini, squash and rice; chicken with sweet potato fries and green beans, and bell peppers stuffed with turkey and mushrooms. If I am doing a long run the next morning, another favorite is spaghetti and chicken meatballs with salad.
If I’m still hungry – and or need more calories based on how heavy my training is. My top two dessert favorites are Beltsander Brownies and my long run recovery cookies.