Helloooooo, amazing, tasty, nutrient-dense smoothie that happens to contain a beet.
I think the most common two questions I’ve been asked during my training for the Leadville 100 trail run are: how long do you expect this race to take you? and what are you going to eat?
I bet you secretly want to read that my high-fat, low-carb diet is making me feel:
Well.. nope. None of that. Since I started my nutrition experiment in November 2012, here's what I feel:
(and although I don't weigh myself often, I know my weight is stable from how my clothes fit.)
My weekly training has started to increase (I'll share what I'm training for soon, I promise) but I've averaged between 9-13 hours per week in the past month. I haven't yet re-tested my Metabolic Efficiency and labs since December, but I plan to do this in the next month to see how things are changing with my body's ability to utilize fat and preserve carbohydrate at different intensities on the bike.
In the meantime, I can gauge my metabolic efficiency throughout my every day by my steady energy levels, absence of sugar cravings, and observation that I stay full for a good 3-4 hours (sometimes more) after a meal. A bonus benefit is a great mood, right from the get go each day!
Additional good news is that my training nutrition is right where I need it to be. Meaning, I haven't needed to consume excess carbohydrate calories to fuel my workouts. An example was yesterday:
- 7:00am wake
- 7:15am tea with half and half
- 8:15am egg scramble (egg/egg whites, turkey sausage, feta, bell peppers, tomatoes, onions (all cooked in EVOO), avocado)
- 10:30a FoodieFuel + nut butter
- 11:15a indoor bike trainer for 2 hours 15 minutes, followed by 4 mile aerobic run (drank only water during the workout)
- 2:45p leftover coconut cashew chicken veggie dish with almond milk protein shake
- 6:30p ground buffalo + veggie "bowl" with salsa, cheese
My pre-workout nutrition (breakfast + snack) came to about 25 grams of carbohydrate, far less than what standard sport nutrition recommendations are these days. I had great energy during both the bike and the run with no hunger pangs whatsoever, nor did I feel I had to raid the refrigerator when I was done.
I am feeling great with this pattern of nutrition and am excited to see how my body responds as I begin to increase my training volume in the upcoming months. Here's to continued experimentation with Metabolic Efficiency Training!