Is a plant based diet good for runners ?
Are you interested in trying a plant based running diet? There are many reasons why athletes and casual runners turn to a vegetarian diet. While vegetarian diets can vary, there are some great tips you could incorporate into your plant based running diet. Even meat eaters may find some useful nutritional ideas here. Diverse micronutrient profile Eating a plant based diet usually means your intake of fresh fruit and vegetables will increase. As you diversify your range of coloured vegetables, the types of valuable micronutrients you consume will grow. These small and powerful nutrients can aid in faster recovery times and an overall healthier feeling. Plenty of protein Perhaps the chief concern about adopting a plant based running diet is about consuming the right amount of protein to support muscle growth and repair. It is true that proteins found in plants and legumes are not ‘complete proteins’ but it is very simple to combine a few vegetables and lentils together to give your body what it needs. Don’t forget that cheese and eggs are typically included in a vegetarian diet, and both have plenty of complete protein. Finding enough energy Vegetarian meals can be surprisingly calorie-heavy. There is a misconception that plant based diets are extremely low calorie. They don’t have to be. Think about any curry made with coconut milk, an avocado and milk-based smoothie or a cheesy egg scramble with vegetables – all are filling, satisfying and provide the energy you need to power your runs. Tailor your intake Plant based running diets can vary wildly. They can be made up of highly processed faux meats and deep-fried treats, or made from abundant fresh vegetables, legumes and eggs. Don’t fall into the trap of seeking out convenience foods. Like all healthy running diets, the effort should be made to source the healthiest fuel for your body. Add more vegetables Even if you’re not willing to try a completely plant based diet, you could try incorporating an extra vegetable at each meal. Experiment with different protein sources and styles of food preparation. Your body will likely appreciate the additional nutrition. About Enertor Advanced Technology Insoles – Enertor insoles are designed to prevent a number of common running injuries and provide more comfort. Designed by leading podiatrists to reduce your risk of injury, the unique design features support your foot throughout training. Enertor insoles are enhanced by D3O impact protection technology, which means they can provide more shock absorption than any other insole. Our expertise, combined with the patented D3O shock absorption technology, enables Enertor to deliver the most advanced injury prevention insoles on the market today. Enertor insoles are available to buy from our online shop Whilst Enertor has over 18 years Orthotics experience, our blog content is provided for informational purposes only and it is not a substitute for your own doctor’s medical advice. Enertor advises anyone with an injury to seek their own medical advice – and do not make any health or medical related decisions based solely on information found on this site.