Thursday, February 27, 2014

Marathon Eating

There is no denying that running longer distances will make you hungry.  Several nights of running over an hour, and I come in the house ready to eat the entire jar of almond butter.  However, what I think has been happening this week, is pre race "screw its!"  No, I'm not drinking, and I'm not eating tons of unhealthy food, but I have been letting my portions get large just because I have a race this weekend.  My brain has the bad habit of thinking, "we'll tighten up the portions on Monday."  Yesterday was the first time that I felt the effects of over eating, and I felt like I did so often in the past.  All day, I was in pain from over eating, and it made me lethargic and unhappy.

I started the day off well enough, but because I had eaten crazy huge portions the night before, I was still sluggish in the morning.

Breakfast Smoothie:  2 scoops vanilla protein powder, 1/2 cup blueberries, mixed greens, 1 cup coconut milk, 1 tbs chia seeds.

At lunch, I had to run out and get healthy snacks, and my urge to eat so much, coupled with the cold temps, made me crave soup.  So, I kept my smoothie in the fridge and went for the salad/soup bar.  I got a kale posole, which was actually really good, some broccoli and quinoa salad.

It was fine, but when you usually have a smoothie for lunch, your stomach tends to wonder what the hell is going on.  Apparently, this wasn't enough for my raging appetite, because I had my packed quinoa salad for lunch.  So, by the time I got to hot yoga, I was feeling pretty crappy.

I know a lot of you are following along and are engaged in your own struggle with your weight, so don't let this get you discouraged.  We all have days where we eat too much, and we all have weeks where we struggle with motivation.  The key is to understand why and keep moving in a positive direction.

Because my lunch was so huge, when I got home from yoga, I whipped up a blueberry and vanilla smoothie (with tons of greens) and called that dinner.

I know that just because I'm running a race this weekend, I don't have to keep eating like a beast.  I am working on an amazing "pasta party" menu for this weekend, but instead of gorging on tons of carbs and sugar, I am working a menu that will be full of plant based awesome-ness to fuel all my friends and myself through the race.

It's going to be a super busy couple of days, because we have many friends coming in from out of town for the race.  I may not be able to post again until after, but I will try!  I will also be back with a review of Solfood Catering's Carnival Vegan Dinner!


  1. Two books you should read asap:

    1. Brain Over Binge

    2. Thin Side Out

    I was binge eating all the time and I think I am finally cured. I am reading the second one on kindle. Get Kathryn Hansen's book asap. It is spreading like wild fire in the blogosphere and people are recovering remarkably.

    Good luck. I know that feeling you are describing. Honestly when I feel like that I just feel like overeating into eternity. Good for you for sticking to a smoothie for dinner.

    1. Thanks for the recommendations! I will look those up! :)

  2. You go get'em girl! Hit the pavement hard this weekend. So impressed by you, my internet pal!

  3. Good luck this weekend! I'm pretty jealous! Before I realized my body would take six months (and counting) to heal my fractured foot, that LR half-marathon was going to be the race I signed up for....but I'm still recovering (although I'm gonna try to run again next week and see what happens). Have a great time! I know you'll kill it!

    1. Thanks! You will heal up and crush your next race!! I have always wanted to run the Memphis one. Hope your run goes grea

  4. Good luck with your race!

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