I recently received the following question from a reader: “I'm eating healthy food, and a good amount, but lately I haven’t been feeling full or satisfied. Any tips?” This is a really good question and a situation that I can definitely relate to! I’ve experienced this before, especially during marathon training or other periods where I'm exercising more than what my body is typically accustomed to, although it can also happen if you're not active or simply exercising moderately. I've found that it can be for a number of different reasons. Here are some suggestions based on my own experience.
My sister, my dad and me on the Brooklyn Bridge last summer.
Today I'm sharing something unlike anything I've ever shared here on Hungry Runner before.
Today I'm sharing a story, or rather, inviting my dad to share his story, about what I feel is a truly incredible transformation. A journey that shows just how powerful eating well and exercising can really be. And also how healthy living doesn't have to be crazy complicated, the way it's sometimes made out to be.
I'm going on a journey this month and this is an official invite asking you to come along with me. Actually I'm not asking you, but rather challenging you, because it won't necessarily be an easy journey, but I can assure you it will be a worthwhile one. Perhaps you've gauged what this journey will entail from the title of this post? If you guessed it had something to do with eating more veggies, you guessed absolutely right. You clever fox, you.
It took me a pretty long time to truly understand just how important nutrition is when it comes to maintaining a balanced, healthy and strong running routine, and especially when you're intensely training for a long-distance race like a half marathon. Recently I shared my 2016 half marathon training plan (and my NYC Half Marathon Race Recap — the race that I was using the plan to prepare for) which I was extremely pleased with, given it did end up helping me reach my goal! In sharing my training plan, I mentioned that I was also taking my nutrition/eating habits pretty seriously and promised to share my half marathon training nutrition strategy, which I feel had a very positive impact on my training and overall running performance.
Snack Time is one of the most important times of the day. If you disagree with the above statement, then we can't be friends. OK, I'm just kidding... A little. But seriously, for me, eating healthy snacks in between meals is important because if I get too hungry come mealtime, I will get hangry (that's angry as a result of being too hungry, for those unfamiliar with the term) and there's also a good chance that I will overeat by the time I do finally get to lunch or dinner.
How much protein should you eat? As you probably already know, protein and how much of it you should be eating is hot topic in health and fitness world right now. (I mean it always has been and always will be, but right now, it really seems to be a very buzzworthy point of interest.) Everyone loves to tout the weight loss benefits of protein and everyone loves to tell us that we need to be eating more of it—to stay full and satiated so that we won't overeat and to build muscle so that our metabolism will stay boosted!
Let's talk about Thanksgiving. It's my all-time favorite holiday, and yes, it's because I absolutely love food. But what I love even more than food itself is the experience of enjoying and sharing a meal with loved ones. Sure, I talk about food as fuel for fitness and sustenance for a healthy body all of the time. But sometimes it's more than that. Sometimes, like on special occasions like Thanksgiving, it's a means of bringing people together. It provides family and friends with the opportunity to sit down at a table together, converse and just enjoy each others' company.