{WIAW} Eat Primal + Race Hard

Linking up with Peas and Crayons today because it’s What I Ate Wednesday, a day to share the meals I’ve prepared for myself and eaten, and an opportunity for you to see the day to day meals of a primal eater.

*hint: click on the links for some meal ideas! And check out my Primal Recipes page for more.

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Rather than show you a typical weekday of meals (because the breakfast is always the same), I’m giving you a glimpse into what I eat on a race day. This past weekend, I ran the 25th Anniversary Bennachie Hill Race – an 8 mile trail and hill race through the hills, forests and heather of north east Scotland. Read my race recap here. This post shows how food meets my hunger and taste needs, but also my needs for fueling and recovering from hard runs.

Breakfast

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I made myself a 2-egg omelette of mushrooms, spinach, green onion (spring onion), leftover sweet potato and tomatoes. I used the entire egg because yokes are LOADED with nutrients and cholesterol, vital for all cellular processes. Some call eggs ‘nature’s multivitamin.’ I halved the omelette, and ate half for breakfast; the other half would be my recovery meal post-race. I also had a piece of bacon.

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My breakfast fat consisted of a sliced plum and frozen blueberries, topped with coconut cream and one of my Nutter Bombs, with chia seeds inside! I also had my usual (and most favourite) bulletproof espresso: 2 shots Lavazza espresso, 1 tbsp coconut oil,1 tbsp Kerrygold butter (from grass-fed cows), and 1 heaped teaspoon of xylitol.

*Another great pre-race/pre-long run breakfast idea is Alicia’s Paleo Pancakes:great source of carbs. And I’ve been making them with tahini instead of peanut butter lately, so good!

 Lunch

This meal was had on the go, in the car, on our way up to Bennachie for the race.

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I had a salad made with leftover Nom Nom Paleo Peruvian Chicken (sorry, from her book, not website, so no hyperlink), leftover sweet potatoes, avocado, tomato, cucmber, lettuce and Nom Nom Paleo Aji Verde sauce.

For dessert, a banana – not pictured.

At the 4 mile mark of the race, I had the pack of Honey Stinger pink lemonade energy bites. They were great!

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Post-race, I indulged in the offered spread of some non-primal, full of gluten, full of sugar, full of grains homemade baking at the race. It was delicious…

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… but not worth the headache it caused for the rest of the day, along with hangover-like feelings the following morning 😛

I also had the Honey Stinger Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter bar with whey protein for recovery. I wasn’t a fan of this, and should’ve eaten the other half of my omelette instead.

Dinner

Very simple and not so pretty, but full of protein and omega-3 fats, and totally satisfying: broiled mackerel with steamed broccoli and cauliflower, and a piece of grilled zucchini/courgette.

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And for dessert, a Caveman Keto Fat Bomb with chia seeds on top. Did you know I eat one of these every day? Every. Day.

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Not a typical day of meals for me, but a glimpse into race day eats.

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What’s your race fuel and recovery?

What’s your preferred choice for mid-race fuel?

What’s did you eat today?

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