Nutrition tips

Sally Bee supports Team Barnardo’s!

Sally Bee

Celebrity nutritionist Sally Bee supports Barnardo’s, with tips for the heroes who take part in our long distance running fundraisers for vulnerable children.

Sally’s story is remarkable. She suffered three massive heart attacks at just 35 years of age. At the time, doctors warned her husband that she might not survive the night.

That was 10 years ago, and now the home cook, food writer, campaigner and TV presenter (ITV’s ‘Lorraine’) who counts Michelle Obama as a fan, has dedicated her life to inspiring others. Her expertise includes extensive advice for those preparing the body for gruelling events like a marathon.

We are so grateful that Sally is happy to share her pearls of wisdom with the amazing members of Team Barnardo’s, who help transform the lives of the most vulnerable UK children.

Sally has shared some of her tips here, on our website. If you sign up to Team Barnardo’s, you’ll get regular updates from us by email, including lots more exclusive tips just for you from the wonderful Sally Bee…

1) Snacking:

If you're exercising for longer than 1.5 hours try to eat a high-energy snack before you start. If you can't manage this, you might find it useful to have some diluted fruit juice or squash to help give you energy. You can also try dried fruit, fresh fruit, a cereal bar, or a slice of malt loaf.

2) Drink Up:

Water is the body’s most important nutrient. It makes up between 50 and 60 per cent of your bodyweight and provides the medium in which most of the body processes occur. Aim to drink throughout the day. Have a pint of water (or a sports drink) an hour before you run, and half a pint for every 30 minutes of running.

3) Be carb smart:

Carbohydrate is the most important fuel for energy, so you should eat lots of foods that are rich in starchy carbohydrates. The richest sources are bread, rice, pasta, cereals and potatoes, but other foods also contain useful amounts, such as: fruit, vegetables, beans, pulses, yoghurt and milk.

The more you exercise, the more carbohydrate you need. This becomes so important the closer you get to race day and the more you train on longer runs to build your endurance.