Monday, November 8, 2010
Vegan MoFo Day 8: Food as Fuel
Sometimes when I'm creating my pre-run, during-run, and recovery drinks/foods, I have a nagging voice in the back of my mind wondering if I'm blowing through all of the calories I'm burning. Because I want it all: improved performance AND slimmer thighs.
Contemplating the fuel vs. calorie perspective, it occurs to me that when I focus on the "fuel" model, that can reinforce making the best, most nutritious choices throughout my day. The balance I want to strike is, of course, to make nutritious choices that are also delicious and satisfying. This is not to say I'd want to banish treats such as vegan cupcakes and cookies from my life, but that's not going to be my mainstay (not that it typically is, anyway). There are times when I'm so focused on the nutrition AND calorie angles that part of my mind rebels and it's like BREAK GLASS! ADMINISTER VEGAN CHOCOLATE! I think the trick is to satisfy the need for treats in a judicious way so I don't feel the need to rebel. All of which reminds me that my veganning is always a work in progress.