December 23, 2019 - There are many inspiring and awesome “whys” out there in the triathlon world, and identifying your why is an integral piece to stay connected and focused on your goals.
This is a question that is often discussed amongst triathletes. What is your “why” for the daily training and competitions? The answers range from simply loving the sport to considering an integral part of recovery from addiction. There are many inspiring and awesome “whys” out there in the triathlon world, and identifying your why is an integral piece to stay connected and focused on your goals.
As the end of the year and decade approaches, it is good to reflect on your “nutrition why.” Without judgment, ask yourself if the way that you are eating and fueling your body lines up with your core values and lifestyle. Make sure that your eating style is enjoyable and sustainable and supports your training. Does your current diet leave you with any digestive problems, like acid reflux or bloating? Do you feel like your eating is helping you get the most out of your training and your daily life? Do you get to enjoy meals with family and friends without feeling like you are “off your plan?” Are there foods that you enjoy, but are fearful of including? Maybe there are even a few foods that you feel you include a little too often that might be sabotaging your health or performance goals.
It is not uncommon for athletes to struggle with some of these questions. As a Registered Dietitian, helping athletes find solutions to some nutrition woes is actually one of the most rewarding parts of my job. I hope that 2020 brings you health, happiness and foods that make you feel great from the inside out. If you need any help with your why or your plan, I am always here to help.