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Eat Like a Runner–Habit 1–Eat Less Sugar


Eating more like a runner is all about refining your eating habits. This is the first post in a series that will help you gradually eat more like a runner.


The more we run, the more we eat.

I can’t count how many times I have eaten stacks of pancakes after a really long run with no regrets–loaded with butter and  syrup.

And, I admit I will probably do it again, even though I know it isn’t the best choice.

Many runners have the tendency to eat as much sugar as they want and feel okay with this, as they see no weight gains or adverse affects.


Just because we don’t gain any weight doesn’t mean that the food we eat is good for us or our running.

What we eat can slow us down, and eventually catch up with us.

This is especially true with sugar intake. There are many negatives to eating sugar, such as: sugar increases fat storing and makes us age faster.

Cutting back on sugar only can benefit you as a runner, and help you to be healthier. That is why I suggest to start eating less sugar today.

How to Eat Like a Runner

Eat Less Sugar

  1. Cut out unnecessary sugars: stop putting it in your coffee, tea, oatmeal, cereal, etc.
  2. Stop drinking soda: substitute soda with water.
  3. Understand where hidden sugars are: read the labels of your food and you will find that sugar shows up in most processed foods. Cutting out processed foods will help you cut back on sugar. You will find sugar in sauces, drinks, health bars, cereals, etc.
  4. Don’t keep sweets in the house: If you don’t have them you won’t eat them.

These are some simple steps to eating less sugar. We will discuss this more in a future post.

Try putting one or more of these habits into practice for just one week. See how you feel after a week, even if you don’t notice drastic results, know that your eating healthier.

Further Reading:

Minimalist Guide to Eating like a Runner

Great Runner Foods


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