Nothing gets me more exited than food. I take it to a whole new level while training for a race and more recently, while nursing. Both are time-consuming and both create an insatiable appetite like a bear after a long winter hibernating. I wake up hungry. I think about lunch while eating breakfast, and plan my dinner while eating lunch. I’ve never been interested in counting calories or obsessed with nutrition. In fact, I’ve been known to stash pringles and cheezits in my emergency ironman bag. I once saw a guy eating a slice of pizza on his aerobars at mile 95 and considered bartering. Actually, in my sweaty haze, I just wanted to swipe it. If you are going to get disqualified while racing, that would be an awesome way to do it.
I’m not a nutrition expert, but I know what I like, what makes me happy, and what gets me to the finish line. Although I will rarely turn down a slice of pizza, I do feel best when I have a wholesome and colorful variety of food in my system. Growing up in CA, my parents had an amazing garden. We would go to the backyard to gather fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs for our homecooked meals. I took it for granted then and now realize how I was so fortunate that healthy and fresh foods were the norm.
Since having a baby, I think about food even more (as if that that were possible), but I also take a closer look into the quality of my input. Not only because I’m nursing, but for myself and knowing what keeps me going. I remember hitting the wall during one of my first post-pregnancy runs. I was so hungry and exhausted and it turned into a frustrating walk home. I underestimated what my body needed. Now more than ever, I try to get the most “bang per bite” as I like to call it. I consider what can I eat to keep my energy (and mood) levels up. As much as it is for enjoyment, I see the direct effect that food has on my physical and mental well being and I fuel to keep pace with the lifestyle that I want to live. My daughter recently started eating solid foods and it’s been a joy to prepare her meals and experience food through her eyes. I think she’s catching on…
Food: Fueling my Lifestyle