TIPS FOR HUNGRY RUNNER CRAVINGS, PART 2
The human body is incredibly smart and adaptable, but it’s our job to listen to what it actually needs.
I don’t know about you, but I EAT to RUN, and I RUN to EAT. 😉
I fuel my body from whole, REAL foods, usually home cooked from simple ingredients and seasonal produce. That said, I get my fair share of “runger” cravings.
If you’re experiencing actual physical hungry, today’s tip is for you. But, if it’s mental hunger and you feel like you’ve already eaten enough food for the day, then look out for my next posts!
👉🏼TIP # 1: TRY TO UNCOVER THE SOURCE OF YOUR HUNGER
Is your body craving carbs, fats, or protein sources? Can you tell??
Listen to those cues. It’s probably a sign that your body needs more of that macronutrient source. Or maybe you need to shift the balance or increase your daily macros (i.e. the ratio between carbs, fats, and proteins).
If you’re able to pinpoint this, eat the healthiest version you can of that category -without feeling deprived. You can also balance a healthier choice with the ‘unhealthy’ thing you’re really craving so that both your body and mind are happy.
If it’s carb sources you’re craving —> Aim for bananas, sweet potatoes, whole grain sources like oats, quinoa, brown rice, whole grain pasta, squash/pumpkin, fruits.
If it’s fats —> Nuts, seeds, avocado, olive oil (i.e. with salad or roasted/sautéed vegetables).
If it’s protein —> Beans, pumpkin seeds, nuts, lentils, chickpeas, buckwheat, hummus, peanut butter, or protein supplements added to smoothie/shakes.
(Psst! I’m a vegetarian runner, and eat mostly plant-based right now but not 100%, so these recommendations above are based on what I personally eat/recommend.)
If you’re unsure what your body needs or how to manage your runner hunger, send me a DM and let’s figure it out!! - 49 minutes ago