You asked, I answered!
|May 4, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Q+A|
HOWDY friends!! Having a good day? Mine was BUSY- just how I like it! Anyways, today is a Q+A post! I’ve had questions submitted anonymously via my Formspring, so if you have any more Q’s after this, feel free to ask away!!
1. I want to start running but don’t know how to go about it. How did you start?
Yaay!! Okay, well I started in the way quite a few people start: the Couch To 5k program! You can see that here. Basically, it’s the idea of running for a minute or so, then walking for a couple of mins, and repeat that. Then gradually you build up your running time, and decrease your walking time and before you know it you can run for AGES, no problemo! And don’t forget to get fitted for running shoes- very important!! It’s not easy starting out, and it can feel uncomfortable and awkward and HARD, but stick with it!!
2. do you plan your meals and snacks?
Nope! I find that too restrictive for ME- how do I know when I’m going to be hungry, or what I’m gonna be craving? Unless I HAVE to plan meals ahead, like if I know I’m going to be out all day and have to pack food, then I usually don’t. The other exception is pre-and-post workouts, when I have my usual foods (PB+banana sandwich before, chocolate milk and oatmeal or something after, etc.). Other than that, I just roll with how I feel!
3. How will you manage your vegan diet on holiday? Also will you still exercise on holiday?
If you read this post, you can see how I managed for a few days on holiday in Germany. Basically, I take a lot of food with me, buy as much fresh produce there as I can to eat, and just eat whatever is vegan that I can! Definitely bringing your own stuff, especially if you’re going to a place which isn’t so vegan/vegetarian friendly (like many parts of Europe!) is a really good idea! And for my sanity’s sake if nothing else, yes I do try to exercise on holiday! BUT I don’t worry about it, and obviously doing ‘holiday stuff’ and spending time with family/friends is WAY more important, so if I don’t get in exercise, that’s okay too!
4. Have you ever had a history of an ED?
Okay, this one is a REALLY long story. In two months time, I am going away on tour again, so I was thinking of doing a mini series of posts that talks about my history…? It’s not gonna be easy though, since I’ve never properly talked about it before! I definitely couldn’t explain it all in answer to this question, or even in one post, so multiple posts might be needed for this! Is that something that would interest you guys?
5. How do you make sure that you eat enough to not lose weight with the exercise that you do?
Easy! I eat lots, and lots of high-calorie foods. I eat before and after every workout, lots during the day, and big meals. High calorie foods are important, which is good cos I LOVE them!! Nut butters, nuts and dried fruit are just a few of my fave energy-dense foods that I have multiple servings of every day! This works well for me, especially on long-run days when I tend not to be as hungry, but need those cals!
6. Do you struggle with rest days? Do you think that you eat less on them?
I definitely used to struggle with them mentally, exercise guilt-wise! But now not at all usually! Okay, so if it’s a gorgeous sunny day or something, then yes I will want to run out there, but I know my body NEEDS the rest, so I roll with it! And no I don’t think I eat any less on rest days! In fact, usually more cos I use the running/workout time for baking instead, and basically eat a ton of cookie dough every time!
7. Do you think other bloggers eat enough? Do their eating habits affect yours?
Honestly? From what I see on certain blogs (and I know you never see everything!!) I don’t think many other bloggers eat enough, especially in relation to the amount of exercise they do! BUT like I said, you never REALLY know how much others are eating cos no-one posts everything and anyway, how much they eat is their choice, and I shouldn’t judge them for it. Certain blogs did start to have a negative impact on my food choices though (i.e. made me feel like I was eating too much!) so I stopped reading those blogs, simple!
8. you dont have to be exact but Im just wondering how many calories roughly you aim for each day with all your exercise and such!! love your blog so much x
THANKS!! I don’t actually aim for calories, or do anything by calories really! I just eat what I want to be perfectly honest, which tends to be around 2500- 3000 calories a day from what I’ve calculated with a nutritionist on past occasions. That works for me!
9. what are your thoughts on ‘intuitive eating’?
Oooh this is an interesting one!! Personally, I don’t really believe in ‘intuitive eating’. Shoot me now! Sure, when I’m hungry, I eat, and obviously I believe that’s right. HOWEVER, especially as an active person, I’m not always hungry, but I still have to eat! For example, I’m never hungry right when I wake up for early morning spin, but I know I have to eat my First Breakfast to fuel me! Ditto after runs/workouts! I’m never hungry right after, but I know I NEED to refuel! I do listen to my body normally, and feed it when it wants, but sometimes it needs the fuel regardless of whether I feel like it! But hey, I like my food, so I don’t mind!
10. Hi Emma! I love your blog! Your really helping me overcome my ED ways! Just a question on fat…how much are you supposed to have? You seem to have quite a high-fat diet if you don’t mind me saying. Is that the right amount? Fat is a bit of a fear food…
Aww thanks friend!! There isn’t a ‘right’ amount to be honest- I’ve heard all sorts of figures before! How much fat you are ‘supposed’ to have depends on YOU, but I believe in the wisdomness of Paula Radcliffe and in her book she recommends a diet of 35% fat. Sports nutritionists also recommend around that figure, so that’s what I shoot for! Yes, my diet is pretty high-fat, but that works for me! ‘Healthy’ fats like those found in nuts and avocados are GOOD for you, and have great appearance benefits too! LOVE your fats girl, don’t fear them!!
So there are my answers for you! Don’t forget, they’re just my own opinion, and if you have any more Q’s you can ask away here!
Do you struggle with rest days? If not, what are your best tips for people who struggle with them? Mine is to keep busy! My rest day is usually Friday, because that’s my busiest day, and getting in a workout then would be tough anyway!
What is your favourite source of fats? Haha if you’ve been reading my blog for at least a day, I don’t think I really need to answer this! But, NUT BUTTER!!
Random Q: What is one food you are dying to try that you’ve never had? Sunflower seed butter. About 1000 people have told me I’d LOVE it, so I really want to try it!!
…and Happy Eating friends!