This might be bold for me to say, but I consider myself a master meal prepper. I’ve been meal prepping on and off for the past seven years. I started in 2009, after finishing grad school when I realized that living on garbage for the past few years had taken a toll on my health. To fix my predicament, I started running and then I stumbled upon fellow Canadian and fitness enthusiast Tosca Reno and her Eat-Clean Diet books. The books appealed to me because they weren’t just about losing weight, but viewed the diet as part of overall fitness. Important for us, her plans emphasized the importance of meal prepping. Being the Type-A that I am, I loved the ideal of planning meals and being ready for the week.
Seven years later, and here I am running far more than ever and meal prep has become essential to balancing my running goals with the demands of daily life. Over the years I’ve refined my prep, and offer these five tips to meal prepping like a champ.
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So you’ve just completed a marathon, when suddenly you have a sore throat, or a cold. You may think that all that running makes you healthy, but did you know that your immune system is at its weakest in the two weeks following a big run or a race? According to Runners World, while 30 to 45 minutes of moderate daily exercise does stimulate the immune system, the rigors of running longer distances temporarily weakens it.
Now, I don’t want to jinx myself, but I have done a pretty good job at staying healthy through the past two marathon training cycles. Multi-Vitamins, immune-boosting foods, you name it, I’ve probably tried it. That is why I was bummed this past week when I came down with a horrible sore throat. With many people around me being sick, I guess it should come as no surprise that my weakened immune system left me susceptible to a bug.
Marathon training requires much more than just running. Powering my body with top-notch fuel is a huge component in successfully getting to race day. Here is a glimpse into what a typical weekday looks like for me.
4:45 am. Wake up. Coffee with almond milk.
5:50 am. Head out the door on my morning run. Anywhere from 10-20 km.
7:20 am. Get back from my run. Drink water, 1 table spoon of Apple Cider Vinegar and 1 tsp Sweedish bitters.
7:30 am. Feed the cat. Jump in shower.
7:45 am. Pack lunch for the day. Make breakfast shake (meal 1).
I rarely make a recipe twice. I try lots, but only on rare occasions do I find myself remaking something multiple times. These Powerbombs would be one of those times.
I’ve been focusing on cutting the junk from my diet. That means any processed garbage (e.g., maltitol, aspartame, sucralose), including the protein bars I used to inhale are OUT. I’m pleased to report I’ve been making lots of progress in this area.