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I am now the mom of a
3-month-old beautiful little girl, who has consumed much of my former running
“me” time. And while some runners are ready to jump right back into their
routines, I have had a more trying time adjusting to running post-baby. Plus,
I’m still figuring out how to balance fueling my runs and nursing with shedding
those last pregnancy pounds.
So, I was very interested in a recent study released in the Journal of
Nutrition, which found that people
who consumed a high-fiber, low glycemic-index breakfast burned more fat during
their daily workouts.
Not only that, but fiber can help get my body using the rest of its food more
effectively. Registered Dietician Monique Ryan notes, “Fiber plays many
important functions in the body, including keeping the GI tract regular and
functioning. This would be true for any level runner, beginner to elite.”
However, loading up too soon before a workout may not be for everyone, she
cautions. “One important consideration for any runner would be if they have a
sensitive GI tract and need to be cautious in their fiber intake around a
running workout,” Ryan says.
One of my new favorites for easy, on-the-go fueling is The Bear Naked Fit
Granola. It provides 3 grams of dietary fiber without the extra sugar or fat
that can be found in some breakfast cereals. Plus, the fiber leaves me feeling
fuller, which comes in handy whether I’m squeezing in a run or changing that