Heyyyyy!!!!! I’m baaaaack!!!!
Sorry for going AWOL on your all for the past few weeks. The good ol’ laptop took a spill and ended up having to go into the shop, so I was left completely computer-less and blog-less! I just about went insane. My boyfriend an my dog are total champs for putting up with me while I was going through internet withdrawals. It really wasn’t pretty.
Anyway, I am thrilled to be back in the game! Of course, when you aren’t able to blog all the good ideas come to you, so I have a huge list of topics that I can’t wait to talk about with you guys!
One major topic is that this past week I started training for the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon that will be coming up in June! I am completely stoked for it, and it feels amazing to be out running again! But, let me tell you, going from working out maaaaaybe once a week to running 3+ miles almost everyday brings on what I like to call THE HUNGER.
I cannot eat enough.
You know what I’m talking about?? You eat, and you’re hungry again in half an hour, on repeat all day long. It doesn’t seem to matter how much you eat, The Hunger is bound to strike.
You may be tempted to freak out over this, but don’t! Embrace your appetite and satisfy it as best as you possibly can! If you’re working your body hard, you need great nutrition to build it back up again. Replace all those calories you’re burning, but use every calorie to your benefit by eating as many nutritionally dense foods as possible.
If you eat foods that will nourish your body when The Hunger strikes, you may notice that your cravings calm down, because your body is getting what it needs to repair and rejuvenate itself. Five to six small meals of nutrient dense foods, are much more likely to be satisfying, than ten small meals of junk.
Another important element in keeping The Hunger down to a tolerable level is to eat a good, hearty breakfast after working out. Here’s one of my new favorite oatmeal bowls that helps keep me satisfied for at least a couple of hours with a combination of protein, carbs, and healthy fats.
- 1/3 cup uncooked steel-cut oats
- 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 T ground flax seeds
- 2 T coconut flakes
- 1T raw walnuts
1. Combine one part oats with three parts water, or 1/3 cup oats and one cup water, in a pan. Bring to a boil, then turn down to med-low and allow to simmer.
2. About half way through cooking, stir in the blueberries and flax.
3. Once the oats have finished cooking, transfer to a bowl and top with coconut and walnuts.
The blueberries give your oats a fun purple color from all the awesome antioxidants! Not to mention this bowl is loaded with omega-3′s from the flax and walnuts! Those fats, combined with the healthy short-chain saturated fats from the coconut, should easily keep The Hunger at bay until your next meal or snack time. You’re also looking at about 18 grams of pure plant-based protein!
I hope you dig it!