It’s ok, we can keep eating yogurt



 

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.

Back to work

Back to work

So here we are, on Saturday (and promises that the Fit Nut feature will be back up and running next Thursday!). I am 1 1/2 weeks into my 2 week running break, and yesterday, I met the nutritionist.

I went in hopeful, but not expecting a magic bullet.

SAMSUNG

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’

Chelsea brought me cupcakes!

Now I want cake…

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.

 

Your Turn!

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?

 

 

15 comments

  1. robyn says:

    Hi Kate, welcome back!!! You were missed while you were working so hard and seeing the nutritionist. Sounds like it was absolutely the right thing to do, so nice to have someone tell you what you need to eat for your running. I am a completely neurotic runner/ cyclist chick who freaks out at the thought of a day off. I know the relationship between food and training is very important and end up eating (too well) to make sure I have enough fuel. I can’t get enough of NUTS!

  2. first of all…POWER to da biz-ness! :) u kno i’m always here rooting for u, i kno u’ll get it big enough to franchise, i kno u’ve got the tenacity and drive to make it!! keep up the AWESOME WORK!! :) ummm, shoot for epic, baby. ;)
    i’m also so stoked that u found a nutritionist to work with!! and sounds like she is a person who will work well for YOU…not all nutritionists are created equal, sounds like u picked a good match. :)
    PS-LOVE ur email, epic reply forthcoming as soon as i get time! XOXO

  3. Amy Lauren says:

    Your nutritionist sounds like a dream! I bet if I could see one who was like that, I’d actually go and strive to be a little better with my eating. I went to one once, and although she was an active lady (older lady who did group fitness classes at my gym) and was in great shape, she didn’t understand being an endurance athlete. I mean, she knew from textbooks but not personally… and it makes a difference! Great person, but she mostly gave more general advice. I’m glad you’re on the way to better eating habits and she even recommended a running-friendly MD (I am lucky that mine is, I pretty much told him flat out the first time I saw him, though).

    And hooray for yogurt!

  4. Hollie says:

    Interesting post. It is always great to find a nutritionist that does train because they are more understanding to everything (obviously all nutritionists are but ones with a background in training in my personal opinion are the most relateable).

    I get about work. When I get super busy with work…I get more stressed and it never ends well ha.
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  5. I feel like I just read I post about ME :) I’m sooo structured and can’t live without my fro-yo… especially in the summer! Sounds like a great experience!
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  6. So happy to hear how well your appt went with your Nutritionist! Seems like it was the perfect FIT :)

    I love Oatmeal. I can’t get enough of it! I also love candy..obviously (but,that I have under control now lol)
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  7. jenna says:

    yay!!! ive been waiting and waiting for an update, my love!! so happy that things went well with the nutritionist. i am so proud of you, and i know that this will make you 100xs stronger than what you already are. i admire and look up to you so much. stay strong and congrats that your work is going so well and keeping you so busy! you rock!

  8. Holly KN says:

    This makes me So! Happy! To! Read!! Feeling like you’re understood is an AWESOME feeling. And I really think that no one “gets” athletes like…well, ATHLETES. :)

    I can’t get enough of feta cheese. Especially feta cheese, cukes, tomatoes, lemon juice, and olive oil over quinoa. I eat it practically every day for lunch. Nom nom nom…..

    I’m pretty neurotic, but have dialed it down lately. :)

    Food = Fuel. Do it right. But don’t obsess.
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  9. Yay for Chobani! I’m so glad you can keep eating your yogurt. I know how important it is to have a health care professional that “gets” you. That’s how I feel about my ortho. Anywho..I really want to visit a nutritionist. My diet wavers between awesome and shit. I’ve put on a few pounds since the stress fracture and while I’m not hurting to take them off, I just need help in balancing my nutrition.

  10. She sounds awesome, Kate! I am not a fan of extreme fad diets or drastic changes. I’m glad she’s so balanced and helpful. Busy is good, but has it’s challenges too. Hope you get some rest this weekend. :)
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  11. OMG – you struck nutrtionist gold! Sounds like she has a great approach and how awesome that she gets the quantity and quality of training you are doing… it’s so different when you have to fuel your body for epic exercise sessions (and to RECOVER them).

    Its great that you have been able to use the running -free time to focus on the biz. I often wonder how you are fitting it all in – you are amazing!!!! Seriously. Its such an exciting time and I am so glad you are taking charge of food and training so they can complement your already FULL life without taking over.

    PS how is the Mr Rake????

    As always you are amazing and I love reading your blog – you keep it real!
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  12. I would love to have a nutrition consultation–I respond really well to boundaries like you, with just a little wiggle room every once in awhile. ;)
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  13. That’s amazing Kate! I’m so glad you are so happy with your consult! I would love to have someone just tell me exactly what I need to eat at every meal. I’m good at following a plan so I think that would help me. Because to answer your question…the food I can’t get enough of is…pizza. Yeah. So not healthy for me. :-/
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