Are you an athlete on the go? Check out this Q & A with great tips from avid runner and traveler Jonathan Levitt.
Q: What is one aspect of your nutrition routine that you have found to directly benefit your training/running?
A: I personalize my nutrition by blood analysis with InsideTracker, so I know exactly what my body needs based on how I’m training and eating. My energy level is way higher and I’m able to tolerate higher volume much better than in the past.
Q: What is your favorite snack and why?
A: A handful of nuts or piece of dark chocolate. Tasty and filling!
Q: Do you eat differently on training days versus rest days? If so, why?
A: Yes! I add some more carbohydrates and calories in general on hard days, and more iron rich foods on rest/easy days to help with iron absorption as a runner.
Q: When you are traveling, what is one tip you can share with on-the-go athletes to stick with their eating routine?
A: BRING SNACKS! I was recently stopped by TSA and had my bags searched ahead of a two week trip to the west coast. “Do they not have food where you’re going?” they asked, because I was carrying so much with me. While the question was definitely a sarcastic one, I always plan as if there won’t be food where I’m going, and bring enough so that if I’m out and about for a few days, I won’t get hangry.
Q: If you could share on thing related to sports nutrition that all athletes should start focusing on today, what would that be?
A: Eat more. While not true for everyone, most of us are under-fueling for the amount of training we’re putting in. Every body is unique. Personalize your nutrition just like you personalize your training. Dietitians (and InsideTracker) are great resources!