Tip of the Month: Fueling Your Body Right
This guest blog post was written by Simone Saleh of Sassool Café in Raleigh, NC. Emma Moyer, an AASDN-Certified Nutrition Specialist and ACE-Certified Personal Trainer contributed. Visit Emma’s blog at BeMomStrong.com!
Training to improve endurance and strength is not the only aspect of having a successful race; proper nutrition is also very important for runners to prepare for a race as well as for refueling their bodies after the race. Whether you’re running a 5k or a full marathon, eating unprocessed, whole-ingredients foods is vital to ensure that your body can properly handle the physical exertion required in running. This includes eating lean proteins, quality carbohydrates (whole grains, complex carbohydrates, beans, and starchy vegetables), and monounsaturated fats (good fats, such as olive oil).
The Mediterranean diet is a lifestyle diet that is centered on these nutrition features and is one way of eating that can be very beneficial to not only enhance athletic performance but also to enhance overall lifestyle. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans are the main feature of most Mediterranean recipes, and adopting this diet over time can help fuel your body with the right nutrients to help you train and race at your best.
There are a few key nutrients in particular that will help runners perform at their best during training and on race day, including calcium, iron and vitamin E. Incorporating foods with these nutrients will better prepare your body for running. Calcium strengthens your bones, iron fights fatigue, and vitamin E aids in muscle and cell repair. These three nutrients are prevalent in Mediterranean diet foods among the dark leafy greens (spinach, kale, and parsley), nuts, lean meats and beans.
At Sassool Mediterranean Café, you can find many fresh salads and grilled specialties that are perfect for a healthy lifestyle, but also for pre- and post-race nutrition. All of the ingredients used at Sassool are unprocessed and contain many of the key nutrients that athletes need to perform at their best. The market section of the café also has many fresh nuts and dried fruits that are also very healthy to keep handy for snacks.
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