The other day I got a text from a friend asking what kind of a diet I was on for triathlons. I sent back a picture of a can of vegetarian chili and said, “Tonight, it’s this.”
I guess my diet is a bit of a dirty-little-secret in some ways. I’m not afraid of pizza or even fast food a couple times a week, but of course there’s always a price to pay.
It’s funny, too, because I think nutrition is everything. I am nearly 100% convinced that a solid diet (along with exercise and a good spiritual practice) will take care of most modern day ills.
I’m a big believer that inflammation is the root of most of our our problems, including things like depression and anxiety. And the best way to reduce inflammation is to be on a alkaline leaning diet. But I’m not scientist or nutritionist, I go by feel. I also listen to a lot of podcasts, so I guess I like to regurgitate alternative facts.
My overall dietary habits can be summed up like this: I try to eat at least one solid meal a day, and by solid I often mean tuna from a can on bread with butter, steamed broccoli, and . . . that’s about it. It can vary, of course, but I’m pretty simple and did have pizza tonight. I also drink a lot of water and try to mix in a spinach smoothie during the day.
In general, our relationship with food cannot be understated. But, unfortunately I have yet to find a clean handle on my diet, and know just enough to be dangerous.
That’s why we have brought a Registered Dietician onto the podcast today. It was interesting to hear her philosophy, which I will describe as balanced and thoughtful.
We talked about everything from the best way to change your diet, how to keep is simple and steady, along with things like how to better access body fat for energy, ketosis, and challenges with body image. We also get into race-day nutrition.
Thanks for reading and enjoy the podcast on Triathlon’s 4th Discipline, Nutrition, featuring Lizzy Miller.