My Relationship With Ketchup And Twizzlers

Hello GO TRIbal!

I must confess…I am in love with ketchup and Twizzlers.

Today I will be talking about food. Boys come and go, but food always stays. As an athlete, I am constantly searching for new things to eat and new foods to make me feel spectacular. I like to write down the things I eat, but sometimes I forget. So today I have decided to make my food journal public for GO TRIbal to see and scrutinize.

This is what I did today in terms of exercise and food:

5:45 a.m.- Drank 1 mug of coffee (favorite Smokejumper blend from Missoula, MT). Ate a banana with a tablespoon of almond butter on it. YUM.

6:15 a.m.-7:15 a.m.– taught spin class at the university gym.

8:00 a.m.–Drank more coffee. Three eggs scrambled with green pepper, mushrooms, onions, and spinach. One slice Wasa crispbread with peanut butter and honey on it.

9:00 a.m.-10 a.m.–Sat in Deductive Logic class (icky).

10:15 a.m.–Ate one Clif mocha flavored caffeine shot.

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.–Treadmill workout!!! Situps and leg presses afterward.

1 p.m.–Spinach salad with cherry tomatoes, blackberries, avocado, and Strawberry vinaigrette drizzled on top. One Elk brat. Made a yogurt out of Muscle Milk, peanut butter, milk, and Heed Perpetuem.

2:30 p.m.–Walked to the Break Espresso to do homework (note that the Clark Fork River is no longer frozen), read some environmental law cases,  respond to emails, and blog. Ate one small piece of coffee cake and three mugs of black coffee.

And this is as far as I have gotten. I usually don’t eat dinner on days that I have a large lunch. And coffee cake. But I have a huge infatuation for salad. And blackberries; I regularly eat an enire carton of blackberries for breakfast. I also have an infatuation with ketchup…I even eat it plain. You might think I am a huge weirdo. I have also found that while exercising, my body responds particularly well to the ingestion of Twizzlers; I love them and my body metabolizes them amazingly when I am on a long bike ride, a day of climbing in the heat, a day of firefighting, or an ultramarathon event.

But I am quickly realizing that as a hypoglycemic who loves to be active, I need to take in many calories–calories every couple hours–in order to remain fast, strong, and lean. Everyone’s body works differently–and the fact that my body runs best on ketchup and blackberries is strictly personal. The fact that I survive and thrive on oatmeal, peanut butter, salads, black coffee, and elk meat is something that I have discovered through years of diet trial and error.

Every athlete eats different things every day, though a lot of staple foods are the same. Though my diet could improve, I generally feel good about my self image, and I work hard to achieve results and stay lean and mean. Every time I want to eat something like coffee cake, I ask myself whether I worked hard enough that day to deserve it. I know that many females (athletes in particular) are highly concerned about their body image. I am too. But as endurance athletes, we need to eat. And we need to work hard. And if you ingest healthy calories, your energy output will be that much greater. And you WILL be a better athlete. Like I said before, it’s all about trial and error and figuring out what foods make you feel the best.

My grocery list stays consistent, and I always find myself purchasing astounding amounts of produce, Greek yogurt, and coffee.

Speaking of grocery lists, don’t forget to remind me to buy ketchup. We’re out at the house, and I’m planning on making elk burgers and sweet potato fries tomorrow after skiing!

Have a wonderful day!

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