GB Marathon & Ultra Distance Runner and Revvies ambassador, Samantha Amend, offers her top nutrition tips to for Brits to combat lethargy and get to grips with their health
The past year has by far one of the most tiresome and draining in recent memory, with Covid making many of us consider making changes to boost our overall health and wellbeing and kickstart the next year with a health kick.
But, as Brits continue to embrace their new year health kicks, it is more essential than ever that the nation makes the important strides to ensure that the foods they consume also help to combat the exhaustion epidemic that is affecting many of us this lockdown.
New nationally representative research conducted by Revvies, has found that 37% of Brits claim their energy levels are the lowest they have ever been as we enter the new season, with a third of Brits saying that working from home again has made them more lethargic than ever.
Finding the ways to maintain a new healthy lifestyle is now proving more difficult than ever, with the UK under lockdown amid the cold winter months and motivation at an all-time low. Now, Brits throughout the country are looking for ways to re-energise and replenish to start the season off right, and now face the challenge of rebuilding their energy levels, fighting fatigue and combating this epidemic of exhaustion in hopes of maintaining a healthy life in 2021.
As a seasoned professional athlete and committed vegan, Samantha Amend, GB Marathon & Ultra Distance Runner and Revvies ambassador, has offered her top tips to get to grips with your spring-time health kick:
“No diet is perfect, so it is important to look at adding additional supplements to your diet to cater for anything you may now be missing from cutting out meat. Here are some of the key nutrients and vitamins needed for a healthy balanced diet and some that I utilise in mine to boost my energy and overall performance.”
“During the lead-up to a race I will up my carbohydrates and ensure the fluid intake is good. I find that post race I become very dehydrated. The general plan is “eat well” all the time and then increase calories and also make sure during the race every hour you take carbohydrates and fluid, fulfilling a strategy.
“I have taken regular advice and built up knowledge on good sources of food over the years learning from fatigue or signs I am lacking something. It’s especially key if you’re starting to increase your running distance/time/speed which will impact recovery with poor nutrition.
“Some example foods I will take during a race will be FODMAP related (do not aggravate the gut) which wasn’t always the case but recommended through a Revvies nutritionist. Then I would have a mix of bananas (potassium), Huma gels (vegan), and Tailwind for fluid which is also vegan. Not forgetting my regular use of Revvies Energy Strips every 4 hours on a 24hr race.”