FOOD Plan FOR.....Winter Running - She Runs Eats Performs

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13th Jan 2022

FOOD Plan FOR.....Winter Running

Our winter health aims as a runner, are to protect against winter infections, support the immune function and promote circulation and blood flow in the cold weather.

In this episode we focus on 4 seasonal fruits and vegetables to support health and running performance during the winter months.

We outline the nutritional properties of each and consider how they can form part of your meal plan with some menu ideas.

Finally, we share an example 1-day meal plan using these 4 winter foods.

The 4 foods we discuss are; Butternut Squash, Cranberries, Pears and Beetroot

Nutritional Properties of Butternut Squash – a great source of carbohydrate, Vitamin C, and B vitamins – supportive of immune system, energy production and soft tissue support.

Nutritional Properties of Cranberries – packed full of phytonutrients, in particular proanthocyanidin (PAC) helpful to prevent and treat infections. Many studies highlight positive effect on urinary tract infections. The key mechanism being that PACs inhibit the adhesion of bacteria to the wall of the urinary tract.

Nutritional Properties of Pears – contain the phytonutrient epicatechin, a compound thought to be involved in the contraction and relaxation of arteries, so supportive of our cardiac cardiac health.

Nutritional Properties of Beetroot – contain nitrates which help promote blood flow and they have been shown to help dilate blood vessels. This helps to enable an increase and efficient flow of oxygen through the blood vessels, which clearly is going to provide us with more energy and for our running. Beet greens are also nutrient dense providing calcium, iron and vitamin C.

KEY TAKE AWAYS:

  1. Butternut Squash for carbohydrate, vitamin C, and B vitamins for fuel, energy and supporting your immune system
  2. Cranberries for Proanthocyanidin (PAC) to support immune system, protect against infections, especially urinary tract infections
  3. Pears for Epicatechin to support blood flow and contraction and relaxation of arteries
  4. Beetroot for nitrates to support dilation of blood vessels and efficient flow of oxygen via blood vessels


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She Runs Eats Performs
for female runners of all abilities
Are you confused about the science around nutrition for runners? Listen in to learn about the WHY, HOW, WHAT, and WHEN of eating to fuel your running performance.

We are here to help you translate sports nutritional science, into easy to apply tips and plans, helping you enjoy peak running performance. We focus on the FEMALE FACTORS every woman needs to know to be a healthy runner.

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Aileen Smith & Karen Campbell

Nutritionists, Educators, Podcasters, Runners and Friends

We have a love of running and a passion for nutrition, delicious food and healthy living. She Runs Eats Performs for female runners of all abilities who are looking for simple ways to improve their running performance and their health with nutrition and lifestyle.
We enjoy sharing our nutritional expertise, reviewing the latest sports science and most of all helping you to take easy action so you can enjoy your running life to the full.
We are here to help you achieve great health and good shape whilst staying injury-free with easy-to-understand sports nutritional concepts and easy-to-implement tips and plans.

Aileen and Karen are BANT and CNHC Registered Nutritional Therapists.