Fast Fuel – eating for success… and a giveaway

11 Oct

Even if you’ve not been following my blog for long, you’ll know that nutrition is important to me. I’ve successfully managed to lose weight by eating a healthy balanced diet and have only put on 7-8lbs by Week 39 of pregnancy by eating well, so I’m always interested in learning more about nutrition.

Training FoodAs we saw in Rio, the world’s greatest athletes have an entourage of professionals behind them to ensure they’re properly prepared for the games. Elite sports nutritionist and author of Amazon’s #1 best-selling book in the fitness training section, Training Food, Renee McGregor is one of the people who works with Olympic and Paralympic athletes to get them fully fuelled for the big games. Renee is a hugely respected registered dietician and sports nutritionist who works with both amateur athletes and those at the very elite levels of competition. She is a performance and clinical Dietician/Nutritionist, accredited by the Health Professions Council, and The Sports, Exercise and Nutrition Register, and is a member of The British Dietetic Association, and The Sports Nutrition Group. Renee works with individual athletes, and runs workshops for coaches and squads, alongside guest lecturing on sports performance at The University of Bath and appearing at sports conferences.

This month Nourish Books is publishing two new books by Renee to help everyone, from amateur athletes to those standing on the Olympic podium, to properly fuel their fitness:

I’m really excited to have been sent an advance copy of each of the books for review. As you may be aware, I adhere to a vegetarian diet, but I appreciate that this isn’t for everyone (and I think my own life might be easier if I could bring myself to eat meat/fish!)

Food for Running Success

Fast Fuel - Food for Running SuccessThe first half of this book focussing on giving the reader information about how to fuel properly with chapter on the basics, training and fine-tuning; the second half of the book features recipes that are divided into five sections:

  • breakfasts
  • light meals
  • main meals
  • snacks and portables
  • desserts

There is a single recipe on each page and each recipe includes nutrition information per portion as well as information about the number of servings, preparation time and cooking time. This information is essential for any time-pressed athlete. I think my only criticism would be that there are no photos of the food, which is what I like to see in a recipe book!

In the first section of the book, there are sample menus made out of the recipes that have been included, so it is easy for a runner to put together a nutrition plan using the information. The advice that is given is clear and practical, but I was reassured that it was backed up by science. Some of the recipes have clearly been developed by someone with similar tastes to mine, such as the Black Forest Porridge. I also particularly liked the rosemary and paprika vegetable and bean hot pot… so much so that I ate it before thinking about taking a photo – oops!

Food for Triathlon Success

fast Fuel - Food for Triathlon SuccessThis book follows a similar structure to Food for Running Success, so I won’t explain it here. Also, many of the recipes are the same, so it’s probably best to decide whether you are predminantly a runner or a triathlete, rather than investing in both editions. My favourite recipe so far in this book is the Tofu Pad Thai. I have to admit that I modified it slightly (coriander is the food of the devil), but I’m sure most people would love the recipe exactly as it is.

Both books include a detailed bibliography, so if you want to read more about the research behind the recipes, it’s easy to follow it up.

Overall, I’ve really enjoyed reading these books and intend to try out many of the recipes over the next few months. There are sound scientific principles behind all of the recipes, which are explained in an accessible way. Also, although the benefits of specific foods are explained, Renee does not advise faddy eating or cutting out entire food groups.



I have one copy of each of Renee’s new books to giveaway to UK residents.

Fast Fuel giveaway Terms and Conditions

These books are for anyone and everyone with an interest in fitness and in keeping their bodies properly going, so if that sounds like you, why not enter?



The books were won by Michelle Dorrington and Norbert-Daniel Acatrinei. I hope they enjoy them 🙂



11 Responses to “Fast Fuel – eating for success… and a giveaway”

  1. Veeski 11/10/2016 at 8:56 pm #

    This sounds like a really interesting book, thank you 🙂 Fingers crossed for the win

  2. paddlepedalpace 11/10/2016 at 9:40 pm #

    These books sounds great, I’m always looking for new recipes to support my training so I’d love to look through these books

  3. Norbert Acatrinei 11/10/2016 at 9:51 pm #

    Not mixing the meals enough in order to get all the nutrients needed.

  4. Healthy and Psyched 11/10/2016 at 10:11 pm #

    I’d like to win the books for my boyfriend. He is just a regular guy who got into cycling about 2 years ago. He wants to cycle part of the tour de Frace route next year (up those killer hills) and is looking to get fitter and eat better. But he always succumbs to a massive burger when we eat out or has massive bowls of pasta, or he will go cycling for 50km and then not refuel after- even though I tell him ways to eat better! He would be really interested in these books and might listen to them over what I say haha!

  5. Michelle Dorrington 12/10/2016 at 7:55 am #

    The hardest thing I find about fuelling is not eating everything in sight!!

  6. corrieangela 12/10/2016 at 11:12 am #

    My struggle is finding a balance between eating enough to train properly, and not eating so much I still pile on the weight. I love food and have issues stopping eating…

  7. rhosyn2 12/10/2016 at 11:18 am #

    I find the hardest thing is not “rewarding” myself with a little bit extra food or some more fat than I really know I should have!

  8. Shirley 12/10/2016 at 3:36 pm #

    Would love to win the Tri one to help me get back in shape & eat healthily, always up for advice, recipes and making life easier 😁

  9. Rosie Baker 14/10/2016 at 7:03 am #

    Thanks for sharing these books with us – they sound exactly what I’ve been looking for. I only very recently got into triathlon, doing two olympics this summer with my mum! We loved them so have committed to signing up for a half ironman next summer. I’m looking forward to getting into the training but I find consistency hard so some direction from a tri nutrition book like this would really help point me in the right direction to stay on track and avoid any dreaded burn out or injuries!
    Looking forward to exploring your blog

  10. Nicki Taylor 30/10/2016 at 1:17 pm #

    I “think” I have entered, I would love to win a copy as determined to get in my best physical health over the next 10 months, I have already lost 2 stone, another 1 and a half to go but am determined to keep going and be in the best physical shape before my 40th. I have already noticed improvements with my stamina and my times, long may it continue.. 🙂


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