Today I think I’m going to approach that subject, that beautiful topic. That realm which long ago commandeered the Internet world, its only competition being funny cat videos.I am of course, talking about food, diets and nutrition… I’m aware you’re probably groaning now, but as Corporal Jones would say “don’t panic” there are no selfies of me in awkward gym poses, I won’t Instagram my kale, goji berry and chia seed smoothie of bank balance destruction. You are in safe hands, I’m not here to tell you to eat like a Kardashian, (I don’t want you to do anything like that,) we aren’t going on a journey of diets through the ages, and I definitely am not encourage the drinking of urine!
The topic of nutrition within sport is one where everyone becomes an overnight expert. Whether it’s vouching for that group on Facebook that helped their friend’s, mum’s neighbour’s gardener to lose 5 stone in a week… absolute poppycock, you and I both know it and truth is, I care far too much about you guys to allow you down that road. It won’t only cost you money, but life is for living!One thing I will vouch for is meal preparation; not only does this usually result in a cheaper weekly menu, but it also allows you to cook up those more complex meals that aren’t just more exciting, but healthier that your weekly staple. Meals that you wouldn’t have time for during the week.
Moving on, it is also important that we recognise that we are all unique, and therefore the fuel our bodies require will vary. A plan that works for one person might not necessarily work for another. This comes down to everything from our metabolism, to what our daily routine requires. Always consider what you need, if you’re going to be doing a 50 mile bike ride then is that superfood smoothie and a ryvita really going to cut it? Carbs aren’t evil, it’s just knowing how, and when to use them.
Another thing to remember is smart eating. I’ve been brought up with the old adage that you should eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. This doesn’t mean go to town when you wake up. But think of your carbs at breakfast, have some cereal and fruit, enjoy that morning coffee, it’s a good time of day for caffeine after all. If you’re going to have red meat, then have it at lunch, there’s a reason roast beef is considered a Sunday lunch meal, it takes longer for your body to deal with it. And for dinner, go lighter, and you don’t have to be boring to have a light meal, believe me, I am a big guy and I can get some pretty funky salads on the go, although don’t go to town on dressing, it’ll defeat the whole purpose of having a salad.
All in all, the important thing is balance, I know it’s said all the time, but if you’re an active triathlete, and get plenty of exercise, then are you really in any danger of going the way of the puffer fish if you have a chicken kebab on a Friday night? No… no you’re not, and having a piece of birthday cake in the office won’t ruin your summer photos. Just, well you know what I’m going to say… use moderation. Maybe only have one venti, triple shot, toffee nut latte with oodles of cream. Yes that is my Winter drink if any of you are offering, that’s 20 ounces of heaven and my gym session paid for it!
So remember, live your life to the full. Enjoy your food, eat real meals because it makes your soul happy, hence why you never see a stick of celery in a soul food menu. Keep nutrition bars and gels for race day. And to those of you Instagramming your smoothies whilst avoiding all food of any taste unless it’s “cheat” day. To you, I say you are misguided and foolish. I went to the gym so I am going to eat a pizza and I did see you hiding under those sunglasses behind the kebab van, didn’t Snapchat that meal did you?
Enjoy your weekend friends, get to that Parkrun, start entering our 2017 calendar of awesomeness and try cooking a meal with the whole family or training group, it’s fun and far more exciting than 3 scoops of meal replacement in a shaker.
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