Interview with Ben Greenfield

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Ben Greenfield is one of the top nutrition and fitness experts in the country. He competes in multiple triathlons each year, including the Hawaii Iron Man, and is a personal trainer, author, and host of the popular new podcast The Get-Fit Guy.

We had the opportunity to talk with Ben and ask him some key questions about nutrition for marathoners.

Many runners I talk to want to know more about the best foods for fueling the body and providing optimum support for marathon training.

Well . . . you are about to get a nutritional overhaul . . . so hang on tight!

Here are the Questions we asked Ben

  • What got you interested in the study of nutrition?
  • What do you see as the key components of a healthy diet for a long distance runner or endurance athlete?
  • What do you eat before, during, and after a long workout?
  • Many runners find themselves either gaining weight or struggling to lose weight while they are training for a marathon and increasing their miles. Why do you think this occurs and what are some suggestions for someone who wants to run a marathon and still lose weight?
  • What kind of nutritional supplements would you recommend for a long distance runner?
  • What advice to you have for someone who is trying to break poor nutritional dietary habits like sugar, soda, and fast food?

Where to Find More by Ben Greenfield


You can get free articles, videos, and podcasts about nutrition over at

Also Mentioned in this Episode. . .

Angie’s Vacation Reading List

    Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
    The Last Pick by David J. McGillivray
    My Life on the Run by Bart Yasso

Staying Fit While on Vacation

*  Don’t try to maintain the same exercise schedule that you have at home

*  Get up before everyone else and get your run in

*  Research what your vacation area has to offer in terms of fitness and activities

*  Incorporate your family in your fitness

*  Try to do something every day that gets your blood moving through the body

Here’s to your marathon training success!

11 Responses to Interview with Ben Greenfield

  1. Trevor June 12, 2010 at 7:30 pm #

    So . . . what do you think?

  2. Monique@She's Going The Distance June 13, 2010 at 8:58 pm #

    Thanks guys!! I’ve been listening to your podcasts on my iPhone a bit, and kind of neglected the blog.

    It’s such a great resource, I really appreciate all the work you all are doing!! 🙂

    • Trevor June 14, 2010 at 7:06 pm #

      Thanks for the comment Monique. Good luck on your running goals!

  3. Delores Danzer June 14, 2010 at 9:00 am #

    Trevor and Angie, you’ve done it again. Your podcast was so informative and fun to listen to. This is one I want to listen to again. You’re doing a great job with MTA. And, you are changing lives…helping people take responsibility for their own health. I am definitely out here chearing you on. I thought about you while I was running my 3 miles yesterday morning. It makes me smile. Have a great vacation and take good care of those little ones you will soon call “my three sons.” You can be sure I am proud to call them, “my three grandsons.”

    • Trevor June 14, 2010 at 7:09 pm #

      Thanks Delores, I’m glad you liked the interview with Ben. We should definitely need to take good care of our bodies because we only get one.

  4. Nathan Clark June 15, 2010 at 4:19 pm #

    This was a very good episode. Really likes the show guys. Keep it up.

  5. Trevor June 15, 2010 at 9:45 pm #

    Thanks for the comment Nathan, it’s good to have you in our listening audience.

  6. Lindsey June 26, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    The podcast was great! Can you tell me what book Ben recommended about sugar? I wanted to check it out. Thanks and keep up the good work!

    • Trevor June 27, 2010 at 5:42 pm #

      Yes Lindsey, the book is called Suicide by Sugar by Nancy Appleton

  7. John December 9, 2010 at 10:44 pm #

    Thanks Angie and Trevor for all the work you do with MTA. I have always wanted to run a marathon and finally took the training seriously in June of this year. I ran in the CIM last week and finished in 3 hours and 25 minutes. I missed Boston by 5 minutes. I used your intermediate training guide and it worked really well. I was confident that I would finish and hoped to qualify for Boston. I am planning on running another marathon in the spring of 2011 where I expect to qualify for Boston. Running has given me a new energy in my life and exciting goals to achieve. Thanks for the motivation and the tips. Keep up the good work.

  8. Angie December 16, 2010 at 1:43 pm #

    Congratulations on the great marathon finishing time John. Pretty amazing for your first marathon! Keep up the awesome work and Boston will definitely be in your near future.

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