Todays’s blog prompt… “I don’t know about this, but I’d like to.”
The effects of a high protein-low carb diet on running, exercise and training for a triathlon.
There is A LOT of conflicting information out there in regard to eating a Paleo/Primal diet and how it affects your body during and after high impact exercise. Even some of the most hard core Primal supporters like Mark at Mark’s Daily Apple says its nearly impossible.
So, how does an endurance athlete go as “primal as possible”? Here’s my take. When you go for endurance training, you face (among other physical strains) the necessity of increased carb intake and all its negative results (e.g. inflammation, AGEs, impaired immune function, etc.). Myself, I had a half-gallon of ice cream, loaf of bread and cereal habit going to refuel every day for years. At the time, I didn’t see an obvious impact on my performance, but I later realized I was causing long term damage. A better, more Primal approach to a training diet includes meals full of veggies (universal recommendation, yes) as well as the judicious use of fruits and tubers for added “healthier than grains” carb sources. (Of course, your diet should include a hefty supply of protein and natural fats.)
So his suggestion is to add tubers, lots of veggies and fruits to boost the carb intake during events and training. I’m going to work on that this week.
What health info would you like to know more about? Or what health info would you like featured here? Working on doing research everyday to continue improving my life 🙂
My colleagues went to Bali and all I got was this very cool outfit…
On a side note, I am 3 pounds over my “5 pound window”, which is 143-148. I was 151 this morning… ACK 😦
I totally know what caused this, lol! Halloween and Disney. They should both be banned! Going to do 3 PP (pure protein) days to knock it out. I’ve also not been getting in my flaxseed meal (I use that instead of oat bran) on a daily basis, so need to be more mindful of that! I’m back to running and it feels so good and I’m back to near daily yoga, even if its only 10 minutes!
Wow, you look wonderful! Aisha is going to Bali later this month…wonder if she will get me something like this one too…? (grin) Curious, why not oat bran…what’s the difference?
Aisha will love Bali!
Oat bran sometimes has wheat in it, so it’s not gluten free. Also, I like the taste of the flaxseed meal better. They both have 4g carb per TBS, with zero net carbs because they are fiber!
Guess I didn’t do my homework/research…had no idea oat bran may have wheat in it. I’ll look for Flaxseed meal next time I go out. Thanks Sandi, for info.
You’re welcome 🙂
Nice outfit!! I notice a great mood boost with flax seed…not sure what that is from? I notice I need more carbs when, need to remember that fruit is a carb…
I think the mood boost is from the fiber cleaning out the toxins! Yes, fruit is a carb and I think may be enough to give you the carbs you need.
Good for you to ‘catch’ your self and not be discouraged! The holidays are already starting to worry me….
We had a cotton candy machine at our birth house party! I’ve reigned it in!
love the graphic on the bali wear Sandi 🙂 No worries about those pesky pounds….I’m sure you’ll whup them back from whence they came. Are you working on training for the tri yet? I’m sidelined from running for a bit with the ankle, but wondering more and more about the training. I just don’t feel at all certain of what to do.
I just started back to running and I’m cleared for swimming. Now if I could get rid of my strep throat if be in business!