P.K’s Marathon Journey: Healthy Carb Loading

Spaghetti_CropIt’s been quite some time since I’ve provided a post over here, alas: occasionally life gets in the way of work, as I’m sure many of you know. In this case, all of my “free” time is going into marathon training. It’s getting close now, with less than six weeks until the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15. I’ve had two 20-milers already and I have one final, extra-long run coming up before the taper blessedly begins. I’m running to raise money for cancer research this year, and I’m pretty excited to be combining my fitness goals with a much larger goal than my own health: raising critical funds to support scientific research to help conquer cancer. My official page is here, in case you are interested in supporting this very worthy cause. (And, for more about this year’s marathon journey, here’s my first post on that topic [“Game On”] and, more recently, my Valentine’s Day post on chocolate, love, and running.)

Now, whether you are a runner like me or into some other sport or physical training, you are no doubt interested in optimizing your diet for overall good health and peak physical performance. A plant-based, nutrient-rich diet filled with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats is definitely the way to go. (The big picture view of science-based dietary advice is here.) Dietary needs do shift a bit when fueling the body for a long race, however. Pasta and tomato sauce is the classic meal marathoners consume before their long runs, and it is indeed a good choice to boost your glycogen stores.

But is your pasta and sauce really as nutritious as it could be? Click here for the full article on healthy carb loading with my easy recipe for chunky, veggie-filled tomato sauce and whole grain pasta.

And, just to be clear, this is one of my favorite go-to dinners, even when I’m not training.

Dr. P. K. Newby is guest blogger and fellow fitness enthusiast who is currently training to run the Boston Marathon, her thirdShe is a nutrition scientist and educator with expertise in the prevention of obesity and chronic diseases through diet and the relations between agriculture, food production, and public health. She brings together her passions for food, cooking, science, and sustainability through her writing and videos to help people eat their way towards better health, one delectable bite at a time. To learn more, subscribe to her blog The Nutrition Doctor is In the Kitchen, become a fan on Facebook, follow her on Twitter, check out her food porn on Pinterest, or peruse her recipe page for fabulous soups, salads, seafood, sweets, and more. 


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