“Have you ever talked to anyone about your food before?”
Well, no. Not really. Not anyone who was wholly qualified to tell me about my food choices particularly in regard to my athletic activity. Basically, I just read a lot and tried to eat healthy. But some part of me wanted more information. Some part of me felt I haven’t been getting the whole nutrition thing down, not just during races but my nutrition on a daily basis. And so, I sought out the help of a nutritionist who has a reputable history of working with athletes.
Yesterday was my first appointment and she opened our session asking me if I had ever previously talked with anyone about my food. We spent about 45 minutes talking about what I eat, what my day is like, my weight history and my goals. After a bit of personal and family history, we discussed why I was there in the first place. I wanted to be eating well to fuel my training and athletic endeavors. However, I also had the notion of losing some weight. Not too much, just a few pounds. I told her my ideal weight and then it occurred to me: I have no idea where that number came from.
See, in reading endurance athlete literature, all kinds of numbers about weight and body fat percentage are thrown about leaving me confused and fighting against creating false comparisons. Where should I be? What’s ideal? What’s doable? Most importantly, what is best for me? Part of this visit was to help me sort through the information and to help me understand what will ultimately make me a healthy, happy athletic person.
The good news: My eating habits are pretty good. I tend to eat regularly throughout the day and try to get a mix of protein in each meal. I’m making good food choices. Now on to the numbers: My actual weight does not seem to be a concern of the nutritionist. Might I be able to get down to my