Happy Wednesday, everyone! I am really excited because today is technically my Thursday since I took a vacation day on Friday… and, I will end up spending my day running a 20 miler. More on the reason why tomorrow. 🙂
But today, talking about how to fuel your run the right way. For long-time readers of CRG, you’ve likely followed my crazy nutrition journey. From going gluten-free, to quitting sugar, to trying The Plan, I’ve been a little all over the place. The one thing that I’ve learned over the years is how important it is to listen to your body and find the fuel that works for YOU.
So, today, I’m sharing how to fuel your run the right way:
Have a plan. Fail to plan, plan to fail, right? It’s amazing how writing out a menu or thinking about your snacks for the day before you leave the house in the morning can make such a huge difference in your success.
In our house, we make menus for about two weeks at a time and it makes the process of cooking dinner so much easier. After a long day, all I have to do is look at the fridge, pull out the ingredients and go. Without that, I know I would inevitably choose something “way easier” or opt for going out to eat.
Never skip breakfast! I cringe when I think back to my high school days when I would skip breakfast nearly every single day. There’s a reason why it’s the most important meal of the day! It can help you maintain a healthy body weight and give you the energy you need to get through your day.
As a morning runner, I find that it’s nearly impossible to find a fuel that keeps me full for more than two hours. For the past few weeks, I’ve switched things up with the Bowflex Body Fitness Shake in Vanilla with some Peanut Butter – Protein+ for an extra boost.
What I like about these:
- They keep me full. I know, shocking, right?! I love that I can drink one of these shakes in the morning and make it to lunch without getting hangry for one second.
- I love the taste! It doesn’t taste or feel chalky when you drink it. In fact, I love that it’s a bit thicker than any shake I’ve had before (I have been mixing it with 8 ounces of unsweetened coconut milk) and actually reminds me of drinking a milkshake.
- I have been adding the Peanut Butter – Protein+ boost to the shake and it’s awesome. I love the added hint of peanut butter and the idea that I’m increasing my protein take so soon after a workout.
- Bowflex focused on bringing the best ingredients into the line, which means that it’s feeding your body what it needs — nutrients, antioxidants and everything in between.
Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate! I always carry a water bottle around with me at work (usually a 32-ounce Nalgene) and make sure that I’m getting in enough water during the day.
I know that in the summer months, it’s really easy to drink a lot… but as we start sweating less (thank goodness) in the fall, it can be a bit more of a challenge. Always make sure that you have water close to you, because you will drink it without even realizing it.
Know your weaknesses. I am admittedly still addicted to soda (seriously, what do they put in Mountain Dew?), but have been focusing on kicking that habit with the Bowflex Daily Energy. Around 2 or 3 p.m. in the afternoon, I just get a craving for something sweet that I can’t seem to get out of my head until I feed myself with it.
Luckily, Daily Energy has been doing the trick! It comes in passion fruit, which isn’t overly sweet and also packs a punch of 50 mg caffeine! Just what I need to power through the work day.
Cut yourself a break. This has taken me the longest to learn. At first, I would get SO upset at myself for grabbing that handful of Skittles or eating that last piece of pizza.
Tomorrow is another day.
Cut yourself a break, do the best that you can do and learn from your experiences to do even better the next day.
Food has become such an emotional part of our lives that it becomes challenging to win the fight for fueling right every single day. All you can do is pat yourself on the back for what you’ve done right, and aim to do better the next day and the day after that.
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What do you eat for breakfast? Do you like to do protein shakes?
What’s your food weakness? What do you do to combat it?
This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Bowflex Body.
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