Now here's a topic we all like to talk about!
I guess you could say I've become a bit of a girl. A few years back I would eat and drink with gay abandon, pretty confident in my high metabolism and amount of exercise being able to keep the weight off. I never used to weigh myself, ever- why bother? So why now all these years later do I find myself weighing myself every morning?! Well, mainly because I update my weight every day on Running2Win, but joking aside, I am definitely becoming more and more conscious about what I am eating and also what my family are eating.
I have a pretty boring diet. During the week when I am working I seem to eat pretty much the same stuff every day. At the weekend, not so much. With a race or hard workout every Saturday and the obligatory Sunday long run I can still pretty much get away with eating anything over the weekend!
Anyhow, I know I don't eat optimally for an athlete (by any means!)but I thought I'd share with you all a typical day's diet just to see if I can generate any comments and for you to compare your diets against. One thing I do not do is count calories, although I'm fairly confident I can judge roughly how many calories are in a particular meal/snack. As I said, there's not much science that goes into my diet. I eat things I like and try to eat more 'good' than ' bad'. I weigh myself every day and make sure I'm not putting too much weight on and conversely am not losing weight. My weight typically fluctuates between 149 and 153 lbs (I'm 6"2, lean build) and I think I feel and run my best at 150 lbs.
Here's what I eat on a typical week day (I also drink at least 2 litres of water each day, more when I work out in the heat)
Breakfast- big bowl of whole grain cereal with raisins and skimmed milk, cup of hot tea
Morning snacks- peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole wheat, two apples, can of diet soda
Lunch- leftovers from previous night's evening meal (see below for typical example), something from vending machine depending on whether I'm in a sweet mood (chocolate bar) or savoury (bag of 'healthy' chips/crackers)
Afternoon snack- bowl of oatmeal, cup of hot tea
Dinner- big plate of chicken/beef stir fry of some sort, vegetables, rice or pasta, two slices of wholemeal toast, bowl of wholegrain cereal with raisins and skimmed milk, hot cup of tea
After kids in bed- cup of hot tea, maybe some more toast or some Graham crackers, nothing too heavy
At the weekend there's less structure. I pretty much eat when I feel like it and tend to eat more 'bad' stuff, we'll often eat out at least once over the weekend and I'm quite happy to throw down some beers if the mood takes- although if I'm going to have a drink I try and cut down the calories I'm eating while I'm drinking!
Would be interested in any feedback and also other examples of what fellow runners typically eat....