home
RSS
Athletes, please, eat the pasta!
July 5th, 2011
02:46 PM ET

Athletes, please, eat the pasta!

Joe Bastianich is a restaurateur, winemaker, author and a judge on the  FOX series "MasterChef." An avid runner, Joe has competed in numerous marathons and triathlons and will be tackling his first full Ironman in Kona this October.  With that experience in these two worlds, he offers  our Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge community his thoughts on having satisfying meals while training.

Photo Credit: Greg Gayne

Whether you are already athletic and looking to up your game with a triathlon, or are just beginning your journey on the road to getting fit, what you put in your body plays a big role in the performance you’ll get out of it.

We’ve been taught to think of food – especially carbs – as our enemy, and that couldn’t be further from the truth. Food is what fuels our bodies, allowing us to physically push ourselves to reach our own potential for fitness and athleticism. But when we think about a diet to match a healthy active lifestyle, too often we mistakenly buy into the old adage that getting in shape means resigning to a bland and unsatisfying diet of meager proportions. For someone who’s spent their entire life in some of the best Italian restaurants in the country, bland, meager, and unsatisfying just isn’t going to cut it.

Food and wine became a passion of mine early on- a passion I was not eager to give up when I first took up running. What I quickly and thankfully learned is that I didn’t have to- and neither do you!

Eating healthy doesn’t mean giving up satisfying and savory meals.

Pasta has always been a staple of my diet-and it is the food I reach for most often before and after working out. The more I run, the more I need. Many classic pasta dishes such as puttanesca (pasta anchovies, capers, tuna, and olives) spaghetti allo scoglio (mussels, shrimp, and scallops) and a pasta a la norma (eggplant and onion) combine workout-friendly complex carbs with the health benefits of antioxidant-chocked veggies and omega 3 rich shellfish and seafood.

Using whole wheat pasta certainly increases your fiber intake and helps to regulate blood sugar, but eating white pasta made with more refined flour is actually easier for the body to digest before any big workout or race.

In fact, carb loading is extremely important for maintaining enough endurance to power you through a big competition. One of my favorite pre-race meals is pasta primavera. This dish is the perfect fuel for your body- complex carbohydrates for sustained energy, olive oil for its anti-inflammatory effect on joints, and the antioxidant-laden veggies to help protect muscles, joints, and tissues from wear and tear that comes with pounding the pavement. And speaking of antioxidants- my all time favorite source is- you guessed it- red wine!

Now I’m certainly not advocating you down a bottle of Barolo the night before a big race, but, red wine in moderation is an excellent source of antioxidants- crucial for athletes to help repair muscles, joints, and tissues damaged by strenuous workouts. A well-deserved treat after a grueling workout!

Eat real food.

Processed foods are harder for the body to break down- this means your body has to waste energy digesting chemicals it doesn’t really know what to do with- processed cheese is one of the worst offenders. And why reach for processed cheese when the real deal is so much better? Many cheeses such as grana padano from Italy pack more protein ounce for ounce than any variety of meat or nuts- not to mention a good source of calcium.

The moral of the story is, you can feel great, look great, and still enjoy a little vino and mozzarella caprese at the end of the day.

Post by:
Filed under: 2011 Triathlon Challenge • Nutrition

soundoff (728 Responses)
  1. RV Repairs Nearby

    Your style is so unique compared to other folks I've read stuff from. Thanks for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this site.

    https://www.proteinaute.com/lib/request/redirect.php?url=www.ocrvcenter.com/rv-repair-shop-lake-forest-california/

    June 19, 2021 at 02:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. RV Repair Around Me

    This site was... how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something which helped me. Appreciate it!

    http://www.portuguese.myoresearch.com/?URL=https://ocrvcenter.com/business-vehicle-repair-near-me

    June 19, 2021 at 02:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Nearby RV Repair

    http://www.meetme.com/apps/redirect/?url=theocrv.com/rv-repair-shop-sherman-oaks-california/

    June 19, 2021 at 10:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. RV Repair Places Near Me

    This website was... how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something which helped me. Thanks!

    https://lolinez.com/?www.ocrv.xyz/national-interstate-rv-collision-repair-shop-near-me

    June 19, 2021 at 12:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Sprinter Repair Shop Near Me

    Good post! We are linking to this particularly great article on our website. Keep up the great writing.

    https://www.bad.org.uk/for-the-public/patient-information-leaflets/androgenetic-alopecia/?showmore=1&returnlink=https://www.ocrv.vip/rv-repair-shop-coronado-california/

    June 19, 2021 at 13:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Camper Repair Places Near Me

    Aw, this was an exceptionally nice post. Spending some time and actual effort to create a very good articleÖ but what can I sayÖ I procrastinate a lot and never manage to get anything done.

    http://www.oraung02.iamgold.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.ocrvcenter.com/motorhome-plumbing-repair-near-me/

    June 19, 2021 at 18:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. RV Repair Shops Near Me Now

    https://barrypopik.com/index.php?URL=ocrvcenter.com/rv-repair-shop-national-city-california/

    June 19, 2021 at 19:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. RV Repair California

    http://saco.se/EPiServerMail/Public/CheckLink.aspx?url=https://ocrvcenter.com/rv-camera-repair-near-me/

    June 19, 2021 at 21:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Digital Marketing Experts

    Good post. I learn something new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon everyday. It's always useful to read through content from other authors and practice a little something from their sites.

    https://www.inflationtarget.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 01:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Content Marketing Specialist

    Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Thank you, However I am having issues with your RSS. I donít know why I can't join it. Is there anybody getting the same RSS problems? Anyone that knows the solution can you kindly respond? Thanx!!

    https://paulstanley.biz/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=http://affordableranking.com

    June 20, 2021 at 02:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Digital Marketing Company Near Me

    http://emergencywaittimes.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=https://affordableranking.com

    June 20, 2021 at 08:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Internet Marketing Specialists

    http://www.phonotica.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=https://www.affordableranking.com

    June 20, 2021 at 08:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. pharmaceptica

    icd 10 erectile dysfunction https://www.pharmaceptica.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 09:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Social Media Marketing Specialist

    https://hamilton2.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    June 20, 2021 at 11:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Wilbert Cherpak

    May I just say what a comfort to find somebody that genuinely knows what they are talking about online. You definitely understand how to bring an issue to light and make it important. A lot more people ought to check this out and understand this side of the story. I can't believe you aren't more popular because you certainly have the gift.

    http://umbraco.realeflow.com/108514?url=www.getdentalimplantsnearme.com

    June 20, 2021 at 11:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Jarrett Mapstone

    https://www.etis.ford.com/externalURL.do?url=http://www.hootnholler.net/

    June 20, 2021 at 13:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Lindsay Bakalar

    https://www.bitly.com/a/warning?hash=3nUs1YL&url=http://www.socalforkliftcertification.com

    June 20, 2021 at 19:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Allyson Krupp

    https://clients1.google.dj/url?q=https://meticulousjessmarketing.com

    June 20, 2021 at 20:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. shooting range near me

    I blog frequently and I truly thank you for your content. Your article has truly peaked my interest. I will bookmark your website and keep checking for new information about once a week. I opted in for your Feed as well.

    http://esciences.org/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.quotenearme.com/

    June 21, 2021 at 00:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. RV Repairs Nearby

    http://www.astra32.com/cgi-bin/sws/go.pl?location=https://ocrvcenter.com

    June 21, 2021 at 06:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. suntrust near me

    An intriguing discussion is definitely worth comment. I think that you should write more on this subject, it may not be a taboo subject but typically people don't speak about these topics. To the next! Kind regards!!

    https://avfocus.avclub.pro/bitrix/redirect.php?event1=news_out&event2=http2F2FADnh-sA1ch-bA1n-hA0ng-chung-cB0-vincity-ocean-park-tBBA7-91D0D0D1D184B582B0&goto=http://masternearme.com/

    June 21, 2021 at 10:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Leisure Travel Van Repair Shop

    Hi there! I could have sworn Iíve visited this website before but after going through a few of the posts I realized itís new to me. Nonetheless, Iím certainly happy I stumbled upon it and Iíll be bookmarking it and checking back frequently!

    http://redirect.me/?https://sprinterrepairnearme.com

    June 21, 2021 at 14:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Dodge Sprinter Van Repair

    http://bubblegumkid.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=commercialrepairshop.com/

    June 21, 2021 at 15:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. bicycle shop near me

    This is a topic that is near to my heart... Take care! Where are your contact details though?

    https://www.smappliances.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=earme.a2hosted.com

    June 21, 2021 at 18:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Chevrolet Cargo Van Repair Shop

    http://www.myauto.by/away.php?url=https://sprintervanrepair.com

    June 21, 2021 at 21:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. RV Repair Orange County

    http://travel-worldnet.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrv.info

    June 21, 2021 at 22:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Sprinter Van Wrap Shop Near Me

    https://www.hcdukla.cz/media_show.asp?type=1&id=128&url_back=http://commercialvanrepairshop.com

    June 22, 2021 at 01:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. adhd group

    http://juiceplusinfo.org/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=menmastermind.com

    June 22, 2021 at 04:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Sprinter Repair Shop Near Me

    I used to be able to find good information from your articles.

    https://relationshiphq.com/french.php?u=https://commercialvanrepairshop.com

    June 22, 2021 at 05:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. RV Repair Mission Viejo

    Wonderful post! We will be linking to this particularly great article on our website. Keep up the great writing.

    http://dz.adj.idv.tw/plugin.php?identifier=applylink&module=applylink&action=gotolink&linkid=11&url=https://ocrv.art/

    June 22, 2021 at 05:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. RV Repair Shop Near Me

    Great article. I am dealing with some of these issues as well..

    http://nxinvestors.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrv.store

    June 22, 2021 at 08:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Sprinter Van Repair Shop Near Me

    The next time I read a blog, Hopefully it does not fail me as much as this particular one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read through, but I actually thought you'd have something interesting to talk about. All I hear is a bunch of complaining about something that you can fix if you were not too busy seeking attention.

    http://www.turbocreditkit.net/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=fleetservicesocrv.com

    June 22, 2021 at 13:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. pharmaceptica.com

    compare sildenafil prices https://pharmaceptica.com/

    June 22, 2021 at 13:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. RV Repair Center Near Me

    Great article! We will be linking to this great post on our website. Keep up the good writing.

    http://87048.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.ocrvcenter.com

    June 22, 2021 at 15:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Body Damage Shop Near Me

    https://www.gamecollections.co.uk/search/redirect.php?retailer=127&deeplink=https://sprinterrepairnearme.com

    June 22, 2021 at 15:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Video Marketing Agency

    http://intersofteurasia.ru/redirect.php?url=https://consciousgrowthmarketing.com

    June 22, 2021 at 18:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Video Marketing Services

    https://unicom.ru/links.php?go=https://consciousgrowthmarketing.com/

    June 22, 2021 at 19:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. RV Repair Centers Near Me

    Can I simply say what a comfort to discover someone that really knows what they are talking about on the net. You definitely know how to bring a problem to light and make it important. More people should look at this and understand this side of your story. I can't believe you are not more popular because you certainly possess the gift.

    http://furusato-kirishima.com/cutlinks/rank.php?url=https://ocrvcenter.com/

    June 22, 2021 at 19:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Digital Marketing Business

    http://www.is.kyusan-u.ac.jp/htmllint/htmllint.cgi?ViewSource=on;URL=http://consciousgrowthmarketing.com

    June 22, 2021 at 21:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. chicks in the office podcast

    http://www.hbjb.net/home/link.php?url=http://backbonehunters.com/

    June 22, 2021 at 23:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. best podcast app for android

    That is a very good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere. Simple but very precise infoÖ Many thanks for sharing this one. A must read article!

    http://www.raybernco.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.backbonehunters.com

    June 23, 2021 at 00:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Internet Marketing Firm Near Me

    http://www.aidenpan.com/home/link.php?url=http://consciousgrowthmarketing.com/

    June 23, 2021 at 01:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. RV Repair Near Me Now

    http://ce-cswg.us/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrvpaintandservice.com/

    June 23, 2021 at 01:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Google Marketing Agency

    https://www.nmblibrary.org/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=consciousgrowthmarketing.com/

    June 23, 2021 at 04:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. RV Camper Repair Near Me

    Excellent blog post. I definitely appreciate this website. Stick with it!

    https://creativa.su/away.php?url=https://rvcollisionrepairpaintshop.com/

    June 23, 2021 at 08:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Video Marketing Company

    https://www.sofel-sts.be/public/index.asp?url=consciousgrowthmarketing.com/

    June 23, 2021 at 08:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. pharmacepticacom

    erectile rings https://www.pharmaceptica.com/

    June 23, 2021 at 09:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. RV Repair Parts Near Me

    http://mgrmtech.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrvcenter.com

    June 23, 2021 at 09:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Google Marketing Specialists

    http://www.dosanddonts.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=consciousgrowthmarketing.com

    June 23, 2021 at 09:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Google Marketing Specialist

    I love it when people get together and share opinions. Great website, continue the good work!

    https://www.pcpitstop.com/offsite.asp?consciousgrowthmarketing.com/

    June 23, 2021 at 10:49 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.