In this episode of the MTA Podcast we bring you an in-depth and fascinating conversation with Dr. Mark Cucuzzella on the subject of nutrition for runners. And in the quick tip segment we share a mantra for your first marathon that takes the pressure off your finishing time.
Nutrition Interview with Dr. Mark Cucuzzella
Dr. Mark Cucuzzella is a board-certified physician in Family Medicine and Professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine. He is a two-time winner of the Air Force Marathon and has run a sub-3-hour marathon for 30 consecutive years. Dr. Mark has partnered up with SteadyMD, which provides online primary care doctors for runners, and he owns a running shoe store in Ranson, West Virginia.
This is the longest podcast episode we have ever released and the first episode we’ve recorded on site with our guest. Let us know what you think!
Dr. Mark invited me to visit the store after hearing that we live about 90 miles away. He’s a pretty cool dude who jumps on treadmills to give live demos and answers text messages from patients while wearing haunches sandals, shorts and a backwards hat. He looks like he just came back from a trail run.
It was interesting to see the running culture that has built up in Ranson -which is a town I’d never heard of previously. I got a tour of the store and then we went in to the back office to record. You might hear some background noise, since we were recording during business hours.
Mark is very passionate about nutrition and keeps up with the latest research and the conversation that is going on in the science community so it was fun to pick his brain. Additionally, he works through his local hospital to help patients get off medications and lose weight through diet and lifestyle change.
In this extended conversation you will hear why he changed his mind about diet and the science behind low carb eating along with the difference between insulin resistance versus insulin sensitivity.
You will also hear questions sent in by listeners regarding weight loss, fueling for marathons, when to go the traditional route for medical care, healthy snacks, knowing what diet works for you, and more.
Resources Mentioned in this Interview
- The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance -by Jeff Volek and Steven Phinney
- Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubs
- Undoctored: Why Health Care Has Failed You and How You Can Become Smarter Than Your Doctor -by William Davis
- You Can’t Out Run a Bad Diet -article
- The Green List of Low Carb Foods by Dr. Tim Noakes
- Glucometer -here is a glucometer like the one Angie and I have started using recently to test our blood glucose level. You can pick one up for around $30.
Keep It Simple
It doesn’t have to be complicated! If you want to fix your insulin resistance? Cut out the GPS foods.
- Sugars and starches
The Fat Adapted Eating Plan
The Fat Adapted Eating Plan -recipes and resources for cutting out sugars and grain from your diet.
2 years ago at work I asked for new uniform pants, however when they arrived they were WAY too small!! Today I just happen to try them on and they FIT!! Woo Hoo!! I am so excited!! Eating Fat Adapted has truly opened up a whole new world to me!! Thanks Angie for all the work and information you have put into the Fat Adapted Eating Plan!!! -Anne
Also Mentioned in This Episode
Generation Ucan -low carb fueling source for long distance runners. Use promo code MTAUCAN to save 15% on your next order.
SteadyMD. SteadyMD pairs you with a primary care doctor, online. A doctor who is a runner just like you and who really understands marathon training, proper running form, common running injuries, nutrition for runners, and much much more. Available to you via phone, text, and video chat, anytime. Go to SteadyMD.com/MTA to learn more and reserve your spot.
Thrive Market – Get $20 off your first 3 purchases (that’s $60 of FREE organic groceries + free shipping) when you used the link thrivemarket.com/mta. They are doing a drawing for a free $50 starter kit with lots of goodies. All you got to do is enter your email address when you visit the site.
Virtue Labs -a new haircare brand with a vision: To give everyone the best hair scientifically possible. Use the code MTA to try Virtue at 10% off, plus free shipping.
The MTA Virtual Half Marathon – challenge yourself by running 13.1 miles this November and get a one-of-a-kind medal and hat in the process!