Saturday, June 10, 2006

This is a very good article!

This is a very good article on the eating practices of the best endurance athletes in the world!
Check it out!
Happy Feet!
Lisa Smith-Batchen

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Anonymous said...

Very interesting article, especially the fact that the Kenyans get 86% of their calories from vegtable sources. Also interesting was the amount of sugar they take in.
I guess Coach Lisa knew what she was doing when she told me to load up on spinach and pineapple juice last summer (a practice I continue).
I'm not quite running like the Kenyans yet though.

Bill Graney

bizyah said...

Great article! One thing that the author fails to point out in comparing American diets to the Kenyans is the different vitamin and mineral content of the grains and vegetables eaten in the two countries. Between US farming practices that tend to deplete the soil of many vital nutrients and the processing of grains etc make it difficult to obtain the same vitamins and minerals from commercially grown vegetables in the US.

The other element of note is the description of sugar intake. Sugar is good, and has the benefit of providing great energy without being bulky and difficult to digest. Especially with the small sizes of many distance runners, getting in some high energy calories without wasting too much space can be very important! Pineapple juice and natural honey are great sources of simple (non-processed) sugars!

Chris Lundberg