The Simple Man’s Marathon Diet
I don’t claim to be a “healthy eater”. I do however manage to work a full-time and part-time job while spending 20-25 hours a week training for an upcoming marathon.
Somehow the energy is there – whether it’s genetics, a blessing from God or diet is anyone’s guess.
My essentials: These are a few of the foods that will prompt an immediate trip to the grocery store, when running low.
- Fruit – I eat usually eat 3-4 bananas a week. They are a great source of potassium and an excellent fuel for long workouts. I have also become a huge fan of smoothies.
- Fish – I also eat a lot of fish (tuna, tilapia, walleye, polluck) they are a great source of low-fat protein and Omega-3s.
- Greens – I am not a huge salad guy, but I have found that I love spinach. Fortunate for me it is a great source of fiber.
- Eggs – Eggs are a high in saturated fat, but a great source of protein and when hard-boiled they are such a handy snack.
- Pickles – They are very high in sodium, but another great source of fiber.
- Peanut Butter – I could care less if it’s good for me or not. I just love it!
- Granola – A healthy snack and a great source of carbohydrate.
- Chicken – My go-to source for protein. Chicken is high in protein and low in saturated fat (when cooked properly).
Of course these foods make up just a fraction of my overall diet and with a busy lifestyle I’m often eating on the run. Maybe I’ll dedicate the next post to my fast food faves.