Introducing our new Meridian ambassador... Sonia Samuels

The lovely Sonia Samuels, GB athlete has joined our team of Meridian nutters. In this blog post she gives us an insight into her life!

Over to you Sonia!

In 2011 I decided to take time out of my full time teaching job as a languages teacher to pursue my dream in athletics. It was a huge risk but one I was willing to take. Since I was 13 years old I’ve had a dream that one day I would become an Olympian. At times it has felt like I was reaching too far, yet I still continue to believe that through hard work I will one day achieve my goal. It is a continuous rollercoaster of highs and lows but a journey I wouldn’t want to miss. Sometimes we have a habit of focussing solely on the goal of reaching our summit rather than enjoying the experience getting there!

So I’ve decided to fully embrace my journey and dedicate my lifestyle to getting there. This means keeping things simple, ditching the unnecessary and making an essentials list.  I love running but I also love food. To perform at my best I have to fuel with the right food. In my spare time between resting and training I have started growing my own herbs and veggies and researching the best nutrition.

It started with a taste and now it is a daily must have.  I have a bit of an obsession with nut and seed butters and I’m always trying to find a new way of incorporating them into my food but sometimes there is nothing like a spoon of almond butter to perk you up. Aside from being very tasty there is also the nutritional benefit of good fats and protein.

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When I’m marathon training I have an insatiable hunger especially if I’m at altitude. I always start the day with bowl of porridge, a great helping of slow release carbs.  Adding almond butter gives me the protein I need. I also include nut butter in my post recovery drinks as well as snacking on it.  I’ve also discovered several uses for tahini. Apart from being one of the main ingredients in my hummus, I’ve also started using it as a basis in my creamy dressing for kale and other greens like broccoli. Using a wide range of nut and seed butter in my food ensures that I’m getting a good hit of protein to help my muscles grow and repair after training hard.

As I enter my next marathon training phase I’ll be adding nut and seed butters to the essentials list. Hopefully, I can get that bit closer to the summit.

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