5 MEAL-PREPPING TIPS FOR RUNNERS

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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Why I tried a juice cleanse with Urban Juice Press

Truth be told, I’ve never not eaten something in a day, let alone a juice cleanse. I look back on my many years of yoyo dieting and attempts to stay fit through running {hard to do when your nutrition is out of whack}, and shudder. I do not do well with restriction. In fact, it wasn’t until I started learning of the wonders of nutrition and meal planning did I recognize just how unhealthy my previous behaviours have been. Over the years I’ve made a lot of progress in this area.

Fast forward to present day. I generally have my nutrition in order. Sure, there are always things we can improve, but I now see my body as a performance vehicle and treat it accordingly (how can I expect it to run fast, if I’m not fuelling it right?).

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What I eat in a day

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).

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