Nutrition / fuelling - talk Ultra

Interesting stuff on last podcast?!

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23/04/2012 at 20:31
Just listened to the last talk Ultra and thought the bit on nutrition/fuelling was quite interesting. Basically floating the idea that carb loading / taking on carbs is just training your body to run on carbs meaning that you need to keep fuelling. The idea was before training to eat a diet higher in fat as this encourages the use of fat as fuel. Kind of made sense to me, after all if we are "designed" to run long distances fat must be fuel as we only have a limited store of glycogen/carbs.
So any suggestions for healthy fats in a breakfast? Nuts/seeds - kind of boring.
23/04/2012 at 23:01

Peanut butter?  Still nut-based, but more palatable.  Flapjacks made with sunflower oil?  Muffins made with rapeseed oil/sunflower oil?

23/04/2012 at 23:05

I think most of the ultra nutrionists also recommend that ultra runners take on board fat while they are running, hence the cheese/meat/avocado/peanut butter wraps and sarnies that appear at aid stations. From what I recall, the reason for this is that the brain requires fat to keep functioning and this runs out after 35-odd miles. has some very good podcasts on this subject with the wonderfully named nutritionist Sunny Blende.  They can be downloaded from iTunes. 

Edited: 23/04/2012 at 23:07
23/04/2012 at 23:15
Can't stand peanut butter which is weeird as I like peanuts. Muffins and flapjack sound like a plan
24/04/2012 at 08:25
peanut butter - my snack of choice
27/04/2012 at 08:03
Big Macs
27/04/2012 at 10:13

Jam sandwich,flap jacks,rice pudding

27/04/2012 at 10:36
james r adams  wrote (see)
Big Macs

Ha yes I remember you talk at Pilgrims Challenge - chips are good but don't know I could cope with running after eating a burger. Guess it's just finding what works - good excuse to eat lots (and run lots of course!)
Tried some breakfast bars but too chewy to eat on the run, muffins next. Rice pudding?

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