I often get questions about nutrition from athletes. First, I am an athlete–a long distance runner. Currently I am training for the Avenue of the Giants 1/2 marathon on May 5 (join me, anyone?).

I explain it this way…Athletes, just like anyone, need optimal nutrition for the amount of work their bodies are performing. There is not a huge difference in nutritional needs of athletes vs. non-athletes, but rather a difference in caloric needs. In other words, I need to consume more calories than someone who is stagnant because I burn more calories than they do. BUT, the quality of the calories (i.e. see “Heavy Box Foods” in my book) is essential for both of us. Likewise, my bud, Rich Roll, who is training way heavier than I am needs even more calories, but again, still needs the good stuff, dig?

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