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Fueling your trail running adventures with a plant-based diet

Updated: Feb 1, 2023

"Fueling your trail running adventures with a plant-based diet, for a healthier, happier, and more sustainable you."

11 reasons why a plant-based diet can help benefit trail runners:

  1. Boosts Energy and Endurance: Plant-based diets are rich in carbohydrates, which are the primary source of fuel for intense physical activity like trail running. They also contain essential vitamins and minerals that aid in energy production.

  2. Quick Recovery: Consuming plant-based foods high in protein and antioxidants can help repair and protect muscle tissue, leading to a faster recovery after intense runs.

  3. Supports Weight Management: Plant-based diets are typically low in fat and calories, making it easier to maintain a healthy weight. They also tend to be more filling, reducing the likelihood of overeating.

  4. Promotes Heart Health: Plant-based diets are high in fiber, antioxidants, and healthy fats, which can help lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.

  5. Nutrient-Dense Foods: Plant-based diets are rich in essential vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that are essential for optimal health.

  6. Reduces Inflammation: Plant-based diets have been shown to reduce inflammation in the body, which is associated with a range of chronic health conditions.

  7. Supports Hydration: Many plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, are high in water content, which can help keep the body hydrated during runs.

  8. Low Environmental Impact: Plant-based diets have a lower carbon footprint and use fewer resources compared to animal-based diets, reducing the environmental impact of food production.

  9. Reduces Chronic Pain and Joint Issues: Plant-based diets can help reduce inflammation, which is a common cause of chronic pain and joint issues.

  10. Promotes Gut Health: Plant-based diets are high in fibre, which promotes healthy gut bacteria and regular digestion.

  11. Supports Overall Longevity and Well-being: Plant-based diets have been linked to a reduced risk of chronic diseases and improved overall health, leading to a longer, healthier life.


Being plant-based can benefit trail runners in many ways, including boosting energy and endurance, promoting quick recovery, supporting weight management, reducing inflammation, promoting heart health, providing nutrient-dense foods, supporting hydration, having a low environmental impact, reducing chronic pain and joint issues, promoting gut health, and supporting overall longevity and well-being.

A plant-based diet can help fuel trail running adventures for a healthier, happier, and more sustainable lifestyle. I know it has done for me!

I am Jo Lodder a 52-year-old plant-based trail runner who loves life, I am so lucky to be able to run and enjoy the trails. I am going to run this challenge to help those who are less fortunate than I am. I have been loving the Hong Kong trails for the past 2 years and feel I should give back a little.

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