Top 10 Nutrition Tips for Runners


Even if you don’t consider yourself an athlete, we believe there is an inner athlete in all of us. We all may have to dig a little deeper at times but that athlete is there. So get outside and do something you love! Explore. And do it on a daily basis. Life is too short to not to.

We are advocates of a Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB) diet for many reasons, but one is because it increases your quality of life from the inside out. We believe this lifestyle is best for optimal health and overall wellness and can help you and your loved ones avoid major preventable diseases. The cool thing is that it’s good for the animals and environment too.

  1. Make sure you eat enough.

Many athletes and people in general fail on a WFPB diet because they fail to eat enough total calories. Whole plant foods in general are low in calories (except for things like nuts, seeds, avocados, coconut), but that’s the beauty of it all. We absolutely love food! We would rather be able to fill our stomachs full of lots of good food rather than only a little. People transitioning from a SAD (Standard American Diet) to a WFPB diet may not realize that they need to eat more food to get enough calories for their sport. Food=Fuel.

While we don’t recommend counting calories, we do recommend being mindful of how much (or little) you are eating, where the food came from and if it’s nutritious or not. Make sure to take time while you’re eating to not only fully chew your food, but to also allow yourself to be thankful you have a wonderful meal in front of you. This will not only help you slow down and actually enjoy what you’re eating, but will help your brain access how hungry you truly are.

2. Make sure you eat QUALITY.

I’m talking nutrient density here. Whole foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grain Complex_Carbscomplex carbohydrates (oatmeal, buckwheat, brown or wild rice, quinoa, amaranth, millet, teff, popcorn, sweet potatoes, squash and other tuber vegetables), beans, lentils, chickpeas, peas, nuts (also nut butters) and seeds (chia, hemp, sesame, pumpkin) are all packed full of high quality nutrients that your body craves as an athlete.

These types of foods also give your body natural energy, reduce cravings, keep your immune system running well and help your body to recover faster by reducing inflammation. Do you see a pattern here? Pretty much any food that grows from the ground or a plant is considered quality. You can’t go wrong with whole foods. And that means eliminating anything refined and processed.

3. Eat often and eat the rainbow (and we’re not talking skittles here).

We recommend eating every 3-4 hours to help keep your blood sugar stable and your metabolism running high. This will also curb cravings and help you to not gorge yourself at dinner. Eating consistently throughout the day will leave you a happier, healthier person. We recommend eating bigger meals early on to make sure you’re giving your body the fuel it needs. Also aim to eat a variety of colors each day of fruit and vegetables. This ensures that you’re getting an array of disease fighting phytonutrients and antioxidants to keep your immune system running strong. Mix it up and have some fun. And don’t forget about fresh herbs and spices!

One thing that Damian and I do with some of our favorite meals it to constantly change the recipe and see what new ingredients we can add to a dish. Or just try a new fruit or vegetable each week. This helps keep food from getting boring, but also helps you get those 4-5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day.

4. Always have a plan and extra food on hand.

Stuff happens and you always need to be ready. That’s pretty much the life of an athlete right? We always need to expect things to go wrong and have a backup plan of what to do next in order to succeed. The same rule applies to food. If we’re going somewhere, we always bring lunch, some extra snacks and water in case we end up being there longer than expected. This not only helps you stay on track with healthy eating, but also minimizes excuses…. “well, I was hungry and the donut was right there….” Besides, who knows how long that hike you’re on will last. We always tend to be out in nature longer than expected because the “majesticness” of it all sucks you in.  Check out our recipe for energy bites if you happen to be out longer than expected too.

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Easy, Quick Ways to Improve Your Running

All runners want to get better and for some that means running faster and others it means running farther, injury-free or with more joy. Whatever your goals are, we at Wholistic Running are here to help. Here are two suggestions you can do today that are easy and can have tremendous benefits to your running and health. Continue reading

Want to be a Plant-Based Athlete?

As a plant-based athlete on the prestigious list of ‘Greatest Vegan Athletes‘, I can attest to the power of a plant-based diet. It has allowed me to run 40 ultra marathons (mostly 50 and 100 mile races) without a significant injury for over 12 years. Eating plant-based has helped my performance, reduced injuries and gives me tremendous energy. A plant-based diet has not only helped me but countless other athletes as and this is why Wholistic Running offers Nutritional Consulting and Online Coaching to help you perform and feel your best. –Damian Stoy, founder of Wholistic Running

Damian & Lindsey are both certified in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell. Lindsey has an M.S. in Holistic Nutrition for Athletes and is a top-level runner. If you want to learn from the best, find out more about Lindsey and Damian and how they can help you today!




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16 oz water
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1 T chia seeds
1 scoop Hammer Vegan Protein
1 banana
1 cup fresh or frozen mixed berries

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Delicious super food ice cream recipe

If you’re not eating this super food daily, we highly suggest it. They are nutritious, full of antioxidants and may help with weight loss. For athletes, they are proven to increase performance while enhancing recovery. Learn about this food we eat daily and be sure to check out our delicious and healthy super food ice cream recipe below. Continue reading

Healthy, delicious ice cream recipe

We here at Wholistic Running hope your holiday season is going well and that your running and health are thriving. You’ll love our amazing banana & blueberry ice cream recipe, give it a try!.

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Free running, nutrition & health info

We love helping people with their health and running goals. Because of this, we wanted to share with you where we post much of our tips and info on running, nutrition and health. There are many ways to follow us and learn. Just click on each link below and be sure to ‘like’ each page to receive updates. It’s totally free!

Damian’s professional athlete Facebook page: Running tips straight from Damian as well as his race and training updates.

Wholistic Running Facebook page: We share running tips including technique, exercises, nutrition and more.

Wholicous Living Facebook page: Lindsey shares nutrition and lifestyle tips for weight loss, increased energy and better health.

Wholicious Living website: Lindsey shares nutrition tips and her very informative blog.

You can always email us any questions as well.

Happy health and running,

Damian & Lindsey

Top foods for performance, recovery and energy

Here are the top foods that Damian and I personally eat:

1. Goji berries are a superfood high in nutrients and one of the world’s highest sources of antioxidants. Goji berries are also an adaptogen that improves stamina and increases energy.

2. Chia seeds are high in omega-3’s which reduce inflammation naturally. Also, just 2 tbsp of chia seeds give you the following RDA’s: 13% calcium, 41% iron, 19% magnesium and 20% selenium.

3. Quinoa is a staple in our diets. Just 1 cup of quinoa provides 39% B6, 22% folate, 75% iron, 47% magnesium and 27% zinc for your RDA and is only 222 calories. That is nutrient dense!

4. Maca is another superfood and adaptogen. We put 1-2 tbsp in our smoothies everyday for added performance, stamina and energy.

5. Sweet potatoes are another staple in our diet. The Okinawan’s, some of the longest living people’s on the planet, diet consisted of about 67% sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are nutrient dense and super tasty.

Damian’s favorite smoothie recipe:

2 bananas

2 T chia seeds

1 cup mixed berries

1 cup mixed greens

12 oz water

handful of goji berries

1 T Maca

-Lindsey Hintz, M.S. in Holistic Nutrition and certified in Plant-based Nutrition from the T. Colin Cambell Center for Nutritional Studies at Cornell, the founder of Wholicious Living and an elite runnerSign up

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My experience eating fruitarian

-Damian Stoy is the founder of Wholistic Running and is a professional ultra endurance athlete.  He received a certification in Nutrition from Cornell and offers Nutritional Coaching as well as Online Running Coaching.

For many years I wanted more energy, greater health and better performance. I have tried a variety of supplements and ‘diets’ including Paleo, cleanses, superfoods and the ‘Clean Diet’ and nothing worked. I then decided to experiment with a raw, fruit-based (fruitarian) diet for just one week. Instead, it turned into a 16 month life changing experience.

Almost immediately after going fruitarian, I felt my energy levels increase.  After a month, I felt like a NEW person.  I now feel vibrant, alive and I am absolutely thriving.  My energy levels are high ALL day long, everyday.  Most of the time, I feel like I am ‘bouncing of the walls’ with energy yet I do not have the energy crashes many people have (I consume no stimulants such as coffee, tea, chocolate).  I’m sleeping better, have much greater mental clarity, am more focused and I’m happier.  My digestion has strengthened (didn’t know mine could get better), my skin is clearer and my eyes are brighter.

I also won the Antelope Island 100k race recently with the second fastest time ever.  My time at this year’s Wasatch 100 was an hour faster than last year. I also recently won the Bighorn 50 miler. Bottom line:  I feel totally ALIVE, I am performing better and I am THRIVING.

My girlfriend Lindsey has experienced similar if not greater benefits. She has unlimited energy and is at her ideal weight, something she has been looking to achieve for many years.DSC_0630

UPDATE⇒ Three years since going fruitarian, Damian has won several ultra marathon races and Lindsey has won 5 consecutive races including the RRCA Montana State 5k Championships. We have modified how we eat because a fruitarian diet has its challenges and we found what works just as well. Our way is easier, tastier, cheaper and has all the same health benefits.This is why Lindsey (she has a M.S. in Holistic Nutrition) and I offer Nutritional Consulting. It’s so others can get just as amazing results including weight lose, increased energy, vibrant health and better performance. If you want similar or better results, our nutritional consulting is the answer. Click HERE to learn more.