My job involves managing Riverford organic veg box deliveries in and around Bath and cooking with and for people at Riverford events. I’ve always loved cooking and I especially love helping people to try cooking vegetables in more interesting ways, so they can get more into their diet.
Generally, I eat a pretty healthy diet, with lots of fruit and veg as you might imagine! But like everyone else, I’m partial to a bit (too much) chocolate over Christmas, and now that it’s January it’s time for that to stop!
When you’re training, you want to stay light but you also need enough energy, so I tend to increase the amount of legumes I eat (beans, lentils etc), add grains to my soups and salads, and also increase things like sweet potatoes. I think the important thing is to keep eating real food so that your calories provide nutrition for the demands you’re putting on your body. So if you’re craving a biscuit, have a banana instead!
I’d encourage anyone to give running a go. There’s loads of help available – if you’ve never run before, the NHS Couch to 5K program is a brilliantly structured way to get you running distances you might never have thought possible. And once you’ve done that, you can set your sights on a half marathon.