I guess this is my next training challenge: RUNGER. Training has only just begun and I'm already hungry all time. This isn't a new experience and I'm sure the runners out there can relate. So what's the solution? I know that if I add more food to my meal structure, there's a good chance I'll gain weight which I'd like to avoid. And PLEASE do not tell me that if I'm hungry I need to listen to my body and eat more. I have studied nutrition, have spoken to doctors, am at a healthy weight and during training, I track my intake to make sure I'm eating more than enough calories and am getting all of my nutrients. I do not starve myself at all and sometimes, no matter how much I eat, I just can't get full. I also know that in the past, when I've consumed entire boxes of gluten free mac n cheese after a long run, all I did was gain weight during training which made training even more difficult. Imagine carrying a 10 pound dumbell on your next long run. Yeah, exactly.
So again, what's the solution? What can I add to my food intake to help fill me up without packing on extra pounds? Protein perhaps? Since protein is said to help control hunger, I thought I'd give it a try and have begun experimenting with protein powders. I'm still not sure how I feel about this. I've always been one to eat only "real" unprocessed food and know that I already consume more than enough protein through food. But if I wanted to see if I could find a way to make those daily green smoothies even more filling, or if pancakes could keep me satisfied for longer than just the hour after breakfast.
Call it perfect timing but just as all of this was going through my brain, I got this email from Vega:
" I was wondering if you would be interested in reviewing or collaborating on content our newly branded Vega Energizing Smoothie. It’s a great On-the-Go smoothie options with two servings of veggies 10 g of complete, plant-based protein, 5 g of fiber and 1 g of Omega-3. If you haven’t heard of Vega, we are a nutritional company based on using plant-based products for optimal nutrition and health. Check us out online!"
Ok, why not right? I replied with my info and a few days later, I received an assortment of Vega flavors
|Green Smoothie with Kale, Vega, & Almond Milk|
Have you tried Vega? What are your thoughts? Do you use supplements during your training or any other methods to curb your RUNGER? I'd love to hear suggestions!