Discover Your Food Personality

Every runner has a food personality - find out yours and make the most of it.


Posted: 20 October 2010
by Ashley Gartland, Ruth Emmett

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Let's face it, we all love food. But everyone has different eating patterns: some keep a track of everything; others grab whatever they can on the go. There's no right or wrong way to eat well - what works for one runner might not for the next. Work out your 'eating identity' and learn how to tweak your diet so it meets your nutritional and running needs.

Reactive eater

"Reactive eaters listen to their bodies," says clinical nutritionist Tara Coleman (taracoleman.com). This stops them consuming too much, as they finish when they're full. But when pushed for time, reactive eaters can choose unhealthy convenience foods.
Eat smarter: You'll benefit from some forward thinking. Cook extra portions of a dish that you can eat cold later (try wholegrain pasta with vegetables), and stock your gym bag, desk and car with healthy snacks such apples or trail-mixes.

Restrictive eater

Careful eaters want to stay lean, so they save calories wherever they can and choose low-fat foods. But dieters often cut out too much fat, says sports dietician Becky Stevenson (pro-activate.co.uk). This is a mistake, as fats help reduce the risk of injury.
Eat smarter: Once a week, eat something you crave - then pay attention to how you feel when you go for a run. Foods you avoided might actually energise you. But stick to healthy fats, as they improve vitamin absorption: top porridge with walnuts or add avocado to wraps.

Habitual eater

A Swedish study found that creatures of habit who eat regular meals lower their risk of diabetes and heart disease. But if they don't shake up their diet from time to time, they could develop a nutrient deficiency.
Eat smarter: Make frequent substitutions to your diet, says Monique Ryan, author of Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes (£16, VeloPress). Ditch the corn flakes for porridge mixed with antioxidant-rich berries. In a grilled-chicken rut? Beef flank steak is lean and contains more iron.

Grazing eater

Grazers snack every few hours, which means they're fuelled before a run, and they quickly refuel after. But grazers can eat too many or too few calories if they don't watch portion sizes, and convenient options like cereal bars often lack essential protein.
Eat smarter: Calculate your calorie needs using a website such as nutritiondata.com. Evenly divide those calories throughout the day: for example, if you need 1,800 calories, you could have six 300-calorie snacks per day, such as wholegrain toast with almond nut butter, an apple and two small pieces of cheese, or half a turkey sandwich.

Well-planned eater

Detail-orientated, the organised eater sticks to a meal plan, which can detach them from how their body feels. Planners eat something because their schedule says they have to, not always because they want to, says Coleman.
Eat smarter: Keep that food log, but also note how you feel before and after workouts. You may discover you only need that post-run protein shake after your toughest runs. On the days that you work out in the evening, you may find that you need more calories.

The indulgent eater

"Some think that running means they can eat anything they want to," says Coleman. While it's OK to enjoy high-calorie or high-fat fare every now and then, doing it often will lead to weight gain.
Eat smarter: Keep the sweet-treat portions in check - opt for a single square of dark chocolate rather than a whole stack of custard creams.


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I am an indulgent eater and a grazing eater - Mrs Piggy
Posted: 20/10/2010 at 23:39

Food can be a great comfort
Posted: 20/10/2010 at 23:42

Cadbury's milk chocolates
Posted: 20/10/2010 at 23:49

No more feckin lists please you mad mad woman
Posted: 20/10/2010 at 23:53

M eldy do you work?

Posted: 20/10/2010 at 23:55

Because you must sleep with your computer!
Posted: 20/10/2010 at 23:57

I have a friend who is a Food Paedo - he never waits until the food is properly cooked before munching down.
Posted: 20/10/2010 at 23:57

Moraghan.  What about yourself?


Posted: 21/10/2010 at 00:01

Moraghan .....     



Posted: 21/10/2010 at 00:39

Its necessary to keep me alive and kicking............ thats it.
Posted: 21/10/2010 at 08:30

"A Swedish study found that creatures of habit who eat regular meals lower their risk of diabetes and heart disease."

Cool!

I new my daily fry-up was doing me good. 


Posted: 21/10/2010 at 12:49

Taking the thread off on a tangent;

Picture this; you're in a doctor's surgery and he had the reason why you've been so ill recently is because of XXXX and ou can no longer eat / drinkl XXXXX.  XXXXX is your absolute favourite thing to consume.

So, my questions are: a) what is your absolute favourite thing to consume and b) if you couldn't have it any more, just how miserable would you be?

I've been inspired to ask after standing next to a girl in Waitrose today who claimed she "couldn't" eat most of their sandwiches, because they contained too many calories. I think she's a bit confused by the difference between 'couldn't' and 'wouldn't'


Posted: 21/10/2010 at 13:55

Karen Samuel wrote (see)
Cadbury's milk chocolates

Ferrero Rachia Choclates


Posted: 22/10/2010 at 11:09

AllNewTB wrote (see)Taking the thread off on a tangent; Picture this; you're in a doctor's surgery and he had the reason why you've been so ill recently is because of XXXX and ou can no longer eat / drinkl XXXXX.  XXXXX is your absolute favourite thing to consume. So, my questions are: a) what is your absolute favourite thing to consume and b) if you couldn't have it any more, just how miserable would you be?I've been inspired to ask after standing next to a girl in Waitrose today who claimed she "couldn't" eat most of their sandwiches, because they contained too many calories. I think she's a bit confused by the difference between 'couldn't' and 'wouldn't'
Good point.  AllNewTB

Thank goodness for other food alternatives.  Diabetics have been  told to cut down on their sugar intake so they use artificial sweetners, one can get-low fat butter, flavoured water, low-calorie fizzy drinks.

 Now Diabetics are told to eat healthier such as eating five fruit and vegetablesd daily, aiming to drink 6-8 pint fluids daily and do regular exercise.   People may argue that eating five fruit and vegetables a day could be very expensive, there are people who can't stand their vegetables.    Some Diabetics state that their blood sugar goes up  when they  eat certain fruits!   Not every one can drink 6-8 pint (500mls) daily!!!!

It's a sad fact that Diabetics are common in Asian and Black people.

Folks, also it you have a big stomach or over weight  you MAYBE at risk.   One can go to their Doctor  for a blood test.   

Sorry to scare anyone I read all this on Diabetic UK web-site. 
Posted: 22/10/2010 at 11:16

You frighten people full stop!
Posted: 22/10/2010 at 11:27

and WTF is a Ferrero Rachia !
Posted: 22/10/2010 at 11:27

Karen Samuel wrote (see)
M eldy do you work?

Clearly Not!
Posted: 22/10/2010 at 11:36

I can confirm she does work, she's the all mighty spam controller, haven't you noticed she always know when spam is posted on here - Why because she controls the spam posters.

Conspiracy threory?!??


Posted: 22/10/2010 at 18:54

I don't like spam and can not eat it.

AllnewTB - my fav food... hmm - hard one, apples I guess. If I couldn't eat apples, well thats half my garden gone to waste.  

There's no food that I can't live without, though quite a few foods I'd miss.


Posted: 22/10/2010 at 20:37

Yummy, yummy Spam
Posted: 22/10/2010 at 20:47

Hi I gave up smoking in Feb this year (2010) and put on two stone going from 13 to 15 I am a man and as I look in the mirror hate my fat stomach.

I joined a running club in Aug 2010 and started running I feel better running and have done a couple of races I have tried to chage my diet but seem to always come across diets that want me to eat things I don't like for starts I hate FISH it actually makes me feel sick just to see it in the supermarket, I want to start losing weight and get down to 11 ish stone.

 I have started to run 6 miles a day in under an hour and find it hard as I work nights. seven nights at work and seven off. during my seven off I can run but during my seven on I can't and feel I am going backwards.

 Help, Please


Posted: 26/10/2010 at 08:04

mmm food personality....... why save for tomorrow what you can eat today!!

 BM3 'they say' (diets)  allot of things, but why force yourself to follow an eating plan that you just wont stick to? i work nights & it works for me to have my 3 meals in reverse starting with my main meal 1st then lunch then breakfast i use my break at work to go for a run which is sometimes as late as 12a.m but I'm in  safe surroundings, I'm no saint but portion control is key & I'm no expert but if you look up a GI eating plan it is a sensible way to eat less but stay fuller for longer which is a bonus when  exercising.  Could you run at work?  or run less mileage on your week of nights  say every other day going out for 3 or 4 miles so its building up your base miles & at least your getting out every other day & on your week off introduce one long run that increases every wk by a 1/2m?  Don't lose hope if you want to run you'll find a way good luck


Posted: 27/10/2010 at 21:09

Curry, Lasagnes, Fajitas, Chocolate, Cakes, Puddings, Biscuits, Chessecake...mmmm

 I used to indulge everyday, which started at Uni. But find now Im back in to racing I run better when allowing a few treats at the weekend and keeping to a strict healthy regime during the week in the lead up to races.

 (In Theory...!!!)


Posted: 28/10/2010 at 12:36

stew - feck offf

reported


Posted: 29/10/2010 at 22:14

I had a friend at school who was allergic to chocolate.  Now THAT would depress the f### outta me!

Spam


Posted: 05/11/2010 at 14:26

A, state the bleeding obvious article.
Posted: 15/12/2010 at 19:00

I mix homemade frozen coffees at home I have two every morning with stevia as the primary sweetener and 2 teaspoons of sugar for the rest. I can't live without my coffee!! Nevah!


Posted: 12/01/2011 at 10:34

i myself would be the grazing eaterhi
Posted: 13/02/2011 at 13:51

I'm a grazer and love chocolate and full-fat coke. Sadly, I was diagnosed as diabetic in January last year and had to quit both! How did I feel? Depressed!!! I've had diet coke since then but when I'm depressed, I can't resist the chocolate!!! Bad I know!!
Posted: 01/11/2011 at 20:35

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