All posts tagged: diet

Tasty, tangy sauerkraut soup

This is a tasty, tangy soup I enjoy especially after winter fasts – including the 7-day water fast I just finished yesterday. Before global trade overpowered local economies and foods, winter was always the time to eat preserved vegetables such as sauerkraut – especially in areas with a cold winter climate. Through the process of fermentation, sauerkraut gains many healthy nutrients not found in raw cabbage. Boiling the sauerkraut for this soup does unfortunately destroy its natural probiotics, but the organic acids produced by them remain intact. In Eastern Europe and Russia, sauerkraut and grated cabbage (both raw and boiled) have always been used to break fasts. The high Vitamin C content and antioxidants help to revive the liver, and the fibre helps to ‘scrub’ out the intestines before returning to an everyday diet. *Note: this soup is not suitable for those following a zero-sodium protocol. Basic ingredients: 500g / 1 lb. potatoes 500g / 1 lb. sauerkraut 1 medium onion 1 large carrot ½ vegetable stock cube Optional additional ingredients: 100g kidney beans (pre-soaked, …

Diets, fasts and healing injuries for runners

When most people think of diets or fasting, they usually have weight loss in mind.  Even at the best of times this is a dubious practice. Changing the way you eat by reducing calories usually results in the body conserving energy and using calories more efficiently thereafter. Although a more efficient body is generally a healthier body (good!), the problem is that, as a result, many people actually gain weight once they finish their diet or fast (bad!). If you need to lose weight, the healthiest and most sustainable way to achieve this is to move. Get out there and go for a run! If you’re already a runner, this doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for diets or fasting in your life. Far from it! (And this applies both to recreational runners who use movement simply in order to lose weight, as well as to professional athletes.) Besides the fact that a little extra cleansing never hurts :-), diets and fasting provide one of the most effective tools in order to prevent and treat …

Fasting as a means to improve athletic performance in endurance sports

I’m sitting down to write this having had breakfast for the first time in a week… Lately, I’ve been practising “intermittent fasting”, which revolves around lengthening the time between your last meal in the evening and your first meal the following day.  It’s one of several ways I involve fasting to improve my health – as well as my running.  In this case, you’re aiming for about a 16-hour “mini-fast” per day, which for all intensive purposes means skipping breakfast and eating at around lunchtime instead.  This means that all the food you eat on any given day takes place within about an eight-hour window.  There’s plenty of literature on intermittent fasting and its benefits in general, so I’d like to concentrate here instead on how fasting can benefit you as a runner or anyone involved in endurance sports. Quite simply, fasting means taking in no calories for a given duration. How can depriving yourself of breakfast on a regular basis – or even depriving yourself of all food for days on end – possibly …