How to approach a food race

(photo: GW Cancer Institute)
(photo: GW Cancer Institute)

Feb 13, 2014 — afilmer — University of California, Davis

Liz Applegate tells what happens when you eat and run – it’s not a good mix.

February 13, 2014
(from Prevention)

While mixing wining and dining with running may sound harmless, fatty foods and booze tax your body’s performance. "You’re just setting yourself up for gastrointestinal distress," says Dr. Liz Applegate, director of sports nutrition at UC Davis, faculty member in the Department of Nutrition, and author of Eat Smart, Play Hard. "You can get gas, bloating, and even diarrhea from simply taking on too many carbohydrates…"

"Cupcakes and doughnuts are more than just sugar," Applegate says. "They have fat in them, which will sit in your stomach for a longer period of time and could lead to a side stitch, nausea, and vomiting."


Liz Applegate, UC Davis.


And beer’s high alcohol content has downsides. It messes with your coordination, busies your liver with alcohol metabolism instead of muscle healing, and tells your central nervous system to relax, meaning you’ll have to fight to the finish.

(Read the full article, by Jessica Chia, Feb. 2014, Prevention magazine.)

Media contact:

  • Liz Applegate, Department of Nutrition, UC Davis, 530-752-6682,

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