By way of explanation (rather than apology!) I haven’t been in a crazy angry funk. I haven’t been sitting in a hole eating tubs of ice cream. I haven’t been rocking in the corner. I’ve just been working. A lot. And with the time off running, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to build the business, and take on some extra work.
I went in hopeful, but not expecting a magic bullet.
This woman was awesome. She got it. Without me having to go into detail on much, she knew exactly where I was coming from, and just accepted (and appreciated) that I:
a) run crazy long distances for fun and train 8-10 hours a week.
b) have two sides of my brain that clash between ‘eat cake’ and ‘carbs are evil’
c) understand the fundamentals of food and training
d) am insanely structured in everything I do.
So here’s why I have a major nutritionist crush:
- She had scales that were separated from the reading – she knew my weight but I didn’t have to know
- She was totally pro my yogurt addiction (and she likes Chobani too!)
- She was an iron-man triathlete and still cycles
- She liked my diet and simply helped me re-order it
- She referred me to a new GP who understands running
- She introduced me to the concept of periodisation
There was no bullshit, no lists or elimination diets, so back to basics explanations and no shock when it came to marathon running. She took everything in her stride, suggested I keep some lacteeze tablets in my handbag for impromptu mudcake situations, and based everything around my training schedule – including light and heavy sessions. I have a guide to quantities and types of foods, but the freedom to eat whatever I choose.
Most of all, she gave me structure. Sweet structure. For me, some of her most basic tips – like the number of fistfuls of carbs to eat at lunch-time (as opposed to skipping the carbs and picking chocolate instead) – were an incredible relief. Someone else took charge of my diet, and I gladly relinquished it.
What’s one food you cannot get enough of in your diet?
Are you a neurotic structured runner chick like me, or do you go with the flow a little more?
How important do you think the relationship between food and training is?