A lot of my problems have diminished after a good chocolate chip cookie and a nap. Today I was reminded this by a tweet from Sara Sellers:
“Lacking energy / motivation / happiness in running? You probably just need to incorporate some chocolate chip cookies into your training regimen. Daily.”
YES! How true, I fully agree! It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the idea that healthy running is eating 100% healthy. Previously, I became so wrapped up with hitting my race weight, and being lean for competition that I totally unknowingly sabotage myself. In 2016 I had cut out all desserts and sweets from my diet. But after a spectacular indoor season, finishing 3rd at the USA Indoor Champs, I was running like crap. I was exhausted all of the time. I didn’t know what was wrong with me. In situations like these, so often runners try to control their bodies even more by restricting calories even further. Luckily a little lightbulb went off in my head- I am so lean, but I am so depleted. My muscles lack glycogen, and there is so little energy on board that my body just can’t keep up with the demand I am putting on it! I went home that evening and made a chocolate cake. Steve and I ate half of the cake together that night. What had essentially happened was I was trying to stay at my competitive race weight for 6 months. That is something that is unsustainable and dangerous. I’ll post more on the physiological consequences of restricted energy availability (less calories than you are expending). But for today, here is my go to chocolate chip cookie recipe. I don’t skimp on butter, I don’t cut the sugar… but I do add some ground flaxseed 😉 .
Chocolate Chip Cookies (w/flaxseed):
- 1 stick butter (room temperature)
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1½ cup flour
- 1/3 cup ground flaxseed
- 1½ cups milk chocolate chips (I’m using Guittard)
- preheat oven to 350F.
- cream the butter and sugar together in a medium sized bowl
- beat in an egg and the vanilla.
- add the baking soda and salt in.
- add the flour and flaxseed, mix well.
- stir in chocolate chips.
- place golf ball sized dough balls on a cookie sheet and place sheet in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to chill** important Shalaya step!
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, depending on if your oven is properly calibrated.