I’m not a shy person.
Really??? I hear those who know me ask, Anne-Marie isn’t shy? Tell us something we don’t know. (This hasn’t always been the case but life and experience has added up to me becoming more confident than I was as a child and young adult).
Pauly and I stayed at the designated hotel for the Cadbury Marathon. The early morning buses left from there and returned there so it was convenient.
Bananas became a bit of a running joke between Pauly and I during our stay at the hotel. Every time we saw someone prerace walking through the hotel with a banana or a bag of bananas we would make an assumption that they were running in a Cadbury event. Of course if we were close enough I would outright ask them (hehe) – we had some lovely chats with runners as a result. AND everyone with a banana(s) WAS in a race! Bananas were the fruit of choice to be scoffing back pre-event.
The Lazy Runner (I mention her a lot, I am a fan) even has a how to carb-load with bananas section in her book. It’s not ideal but she says if a runner is short on time to organise a carb-rich pre-race diet then bananas as the easy go-to. She goes into way more detail than this brief summary.
I read an article during the week about bananas. According to this article bananas are no longer fed to monkeys at a particular zoo because they are too high in sugar. The varieties developed for human consumption are just too high in energy (calories) and sugar to be good for monkeys. Oh my goodness. AND the monkeys are slowly being weaned off these high-in-sugar fruits to a diet based more on leafy green vegetables. They have become hooked on the sugary sweetness; they are addicted.
I find this alarming. Who went and changed bananas so much that they aren’t even good for monkeys anymore???
Here is a link to the article: Taking diet tips from monkeys
Bananas and running?
I love bananas. I eat one almost every day. I have them on my porridge for breakfast and I eat extra ones when carb-loading for a big run. I find them easy to digest, yummy and convenient (they come fully prepared and have their own compostable wrapping – simple). I wholeheartedly embrace bananas as a great way to carb-load pre-race.
And obviously I’m not alone. Judging from all the people eating bananas prior to the Cadbury Marathon many runners must feel the same way about bananas as I do. Perhaps for runners the higher calories are not such a big deal because we carb-load on them and then burn it off when we run. Calories in and calories out. We use bananas as running fuel.
However the above mentioned article has got me thinking.
Big bad sugar
A few years ago I read James Duigan’s book Clean and Lean Diet. The author challenges the reader to see processed sugary foods as toxins. There seems to be more and more information available to us that suggests that sugar is just so wrong for our bodies. It makes us fat, it makes us lethargic and it feeds disease. At least that’s my summary.
At this point in time I feel like I’m going bananas. So much diet information. So many people struggling with weight issues. Now I read that bananas aren’t good for monkeys.
To be honest I like knowing what I’m eating. I like hearing the facts and being able to make informed decisions about my diet and what is best to eat for me and my family. I don’t always believe what I read but throw it in as opinion to be considered. Since reading James Duigan’s book I’m very careful with processed foods and try to stick with foods that are as close to their original form as possible. But sometimes I just want to raise my hands in despair. I thought that bananas were in the clean eating category…what can we actually eat that’s clean?
Yes, I’m definitely going bananas.
Happy running 🙂
PS I’m still going to eat bananas…I enjoy reading articles and hearing opinion, but that’s what it is really, opinion. It is up to all of us to read and research and find out what’s best for us and our families.