How I Fuel My Endurance

My wife says I'm part monkey because of all the bananas I eat!
My wife says I’m part monkey because of all the bananas I eat!

I thought I would give a brief snapshot into a typical day for me in terms of what I eat. Like I’ve said in many posts in the past, many endurance athletes (not all) think they can get away with putting garbage in and getting great results out and that if the furnace is hot enough anything will burn. I use to have this mindset because I stayed lean and had decent times. My energy levels were all over, spiking up and (very) down throughout the day and I would always tell myself it’s simply from the training I was doing. While that might have been true some of the time, since cutting out the crap food and making a major shift in a high carb diet to a high fat diet, I’ve been able to train harder, longer and more often! Meal planning and making snacks have saved me too. In the past on days when I’ve come home from a hard 5 hour ride hardly able to think straight and I had no idea what to make for supper, it was usually a trip right out the door again to a crappy fast food joint. Now everyday I know what we are having and making a big batch of snacks on the weekend to last me the week will usually hold me over until I can get a good meal in me and satisfies my sweet tooth, while being a better option than buying a family pack of  chocolate bars. So here is what I eat in a typical day. On this specific day I rode 2 hours, ran 45 minutes and swam for 1 hour.

 

Thursday, May 21

  • Buckwheat porridge
  • Scrambled Eggs (3 eggs)
  • Chocolate Mint Chaga Elixir (great for immunity)
  • Carrots with hummus
  • Apples with peanut butter
  • Green Juice
  • Nuts/Seeds/Goji berry mix
  • Clif Bar
  • Super Chaga Energy Balls
  • Banana
  • Bottle of Recoverite (drink from Hammer Nutrition consumed post ride/run workout)
  • Smoothie with frozen fruit, kale, coconut oil, spirulina and hemp protein.
  • Apple
  • Healthy “Mac N Cheese” from Meghan Telpner’s blog. (there is no mac or cheese, check out the recipe!)
  • Green Juice
  • Kombucha
  • Nut/Seed Mix
  • Coconut Ice Cream
  • Happy Go Lucky Smoothie (so good!)

As you can see, I eat a lot of food! I knew it was a lot but it wasn’t until I wrote everything down during that day that I realized just how much. This was a very busy day but I was still able to eat very healthy and fuel my body with everything it needed. My workouts went great and I was able to recover from them without any problems. Because of meal planning the weekend before I knew I was going to have the buckwheat porridge for breakfast and the Mac N Cheese for supper. Most of everything else I ate was easy to prepare or was already made from earlier. I was lucky enough that my wife made a huge green juice the night before and I was able to have it twice on this day (there is nothing better!).

If you want help meal planning around your busy schedule, let me know, I can help! As a Culinary Nutrition Expert and a triathlete I’ve mastered this. Even though meal planning and prep is so easy, sometimes we need a push in the right direction. If you want more info, send me a message using the contact form below.

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