• Alex Davis


Why Food Matters with emma ryan

Running requires fuel, which is one reason we are continuing to partner with Emma Ryan, the founder of Veg Fest, a certified integrative nutrition health coach, plant-based sports nutritionist, and a raw food chef that is soon to launch her plant-based restaurant. We have asked her all the questions in regard to preparing for the daily lives of runners.

The question is: How do we prepare for the daily hunger urges? How do we prepare for fueling before and after workouts? How do we prepare to fuel our bodies effectively?

If you are struggling like most, to answer any of these questions, we are here to help you. Continue reading, or reap the loss of not gaining free wisdom!

What should we keep in our kitchen?

  • Seasonal greens

  • Cauliflower

  • Sweet Potatoes

  • Radishes

  • Avocado

  • Brussel Sprouts

  • Broccoli

  • Apples

  • Bananas

  • Cantaloupe

  • Watermelon

  • Honeydew

  • Fresh Berries

  • Almond Butter

  • Medjool Dates

  • Coconut water

  • Almonds

  • Quinoa

  • Frozen Blueberries

  • Chia seeds

  • Flaxseeds

  • Hemp seeds

  • Oats

  • Hummus

Why so many plant-based items? Emma stands on her personal research that, “Endurance athletes should focus on consuming as much real food as possible. Plants have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body, enabling us to recover faster and train harder.”

What can we prepare to bring to work or school?

Chia pudding

Overnight oats

Energy Bites

Raw Vegetables + hummus

Piece(s) of Fruit

Medjool date(s) + nuts/nut or seed butter

What should we prepare to have before a run?

  • Banana

  • Medjool dates

  • Energy Bite(s)

What should we prepare to have after a run? (20-30 minutes prior)

  • Coconut water

  • Medjool dates (before run)

  • Easily digestible fruits: cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew, avocado, bananas

How do we prepare these foods?

Choose to take the time to prepare. Preparation will promote better results for you coming race day, and we couldn't ask for much more, right? Use the list above as your next grocery list, you might be surprised by how you'll feel after a week of plant-based foods! If you have any questions regarding the recipes, research or life-style of a plant based athlete, don't hestiate to reach out to Emma or check out her Facebook page.

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