nevergiveup1313 asked: I want to start eating a diet more like yours in preparation for my marathon. Do you think you could give me some pointers/meal plans?
First off, congrats on preparing for a marathon! I am currently prepping for a half, and that alone has taken over my life. Meal prep has become extremely important, as it is for most runners.
Most importantly: I make sure to have complex carbohydrates the night before, as well as the morning of, a long run. The night before a run, I usually have quinoa, brown rice, and/or sweet potatoes included in my meal with leafy greens. Oatmeal is my absolute favorite breakfast food, so I usually have it about an hour before my run so that I don’t run out of energy. After every run, make sure to consume natural sugars in combination with protein. The sugars prevent muscle loss, which usually occurs after long workouts in order to maintain blood glucose via muscle protein breakdown. The easiest way to do this is to make fruit smoothies with your choice of protein powder or chia seeds, hemp hearts, avocado, nut butters, etc.
Throughout the day, I eat as many plants as possible. I eat 1-2 bananas per day because the potassium helps to prevent muscle cramping. Also, I eat several times a day—every 2.5-3.5 hours—to maintain my metabolism and control my portions. I find that this makes it easier to make healthy choices since I never allow myself to get to the point of being so hungry that I just eat anything that’s laying around. My favorite snacks or small meals are smoothies, salads, hummus and veggies, bananas/dates with nut butter/tahini, and smashed avocado with tomatoes on toast.
I have found that my plantbased diet has been a major positive contributor to my lifetsyle as a runner. I hope that this helps, and feel free to message me with any more questions or comments!