Hi Everyone - I am in the middle of writing my book, literally, chapter 6.  This is the nutrition chapter and I thought I would post this and see what you might be interested in learning about nutrition.  It is such a simple, yet complex subject and highly personal.

So please list any topics or better yet, specific questions that you may have around nutrition.  Please note that I will not be answering them here....but please feel free to comment with your experiences and knowledge to the posts.

Thanks and I hope this is a way for you to help me help you!


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Some of my questions-

How do nutritional needs of the athlete change as we age?

How to best prevent your digestive system from "shutting down" during a long event?

Are carbs harmful?

How much carbs do I need?

How effective is a high fat/low carb diet?

Can we train our bodies to use one energy source vs another?  If so, how quickly can we make that change?

Does a beginning runner need a different diet than an experienced or an elite runner?

Is nutrition a better way to lose weight than exercise?  What's the right balance?

Do we need to adapt our diet (in general) as our distances increase?

Do we need different fuel in the latter part of a long run?

Does diet contribute to hitting the wall?  If so, how do we fix it.

How much hydration is enough?  How much is too much?  What can we look at (feel) to know which we are at any part of a run?

what kind of carbohydrates are best to consume during ultra's and why. what about long chain amino acids, why are these important, do they really matter in ultras. recovery and need for protein/carbs immediately following ultras what is the consensus or evidence?

The benefits of eating raw food especially bananas for fueling the body. See Brenden Brazier's book. It would be nice to have another book that addresses raw foods since so many of the nutrition info in books for atheletes is the same.


What supplements are ok, (Multivitamins for example)  and a follow up of what are most people taking we shouldn't be and in turn, what arent we taking that we should?

Is "eat like a poor person" still relevant and really nutritionally sound?

Are cheat days ok?  

what is a general protein:carb ratio for a sound diet when training?

what foods (if any) decrease occurance of dehydration or conversely increase water absorption?

should you consume a set amount of calories even if not "hungry"?

how do unnatural preservatives effect digestion?

how cold does my beer need to be after a long run? :)


Very cold and make it a Newcastle!

totally on it!

I've been focusing much less on 'event day' nutrition these days...it seems to just happen...and much more on the day-to-day aspects of a nutritional foundation to best fuel my training and recovery.  There is a ton of varying guidance out there regarding nutrition.

What is a recommended day-to-day balance between carbs, protein and fat for the endurance athlete in training?  And how best to fuel day-to-day to aid recovery?

...and I'm with you on the very cold beer...

Natural food(fuel) vs unnatural food

Which fuel will provide the runner for optimum performance without the bad side effects?

How to eat well, ie, healthy and nutritionally sound for a runner on a budget. I am finding that fresh organic fruits and vegetables can be very pricey.

I think something that comes up for many is where to start when hey want eat better-so many diets always tell you what you can't eat. Really what's the best way to start eating healthily.

I think a lot of people would like info on good recovery foods. i.e. can beer be good for recovery?


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