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Halloween is almost here, Mudder Nation! The holidays are about to kick into high gear and Halloween is the first to usher in the season of good eats. But the rush of sugar, carbs, and pumpkin-spiced everything doesn’t have to derail your nutrition plan. As the saying goes, “Everything in moderation—including moderation."

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With so many “new” food rules #trending, it’s easy for Mudders-in-training to get overwhelmed by what they should be doing to fuel their bodies. Three of the most popular eating plans, Keto, Paleo, and Whole30®, all have shown promise for people looking for long-term weight loss, but if you’re living an active and healthy lifestyle and just want to eat right, are they right for you? 

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You’ve made it through the toughest, hottest months of training and racing—congratulations! But don’t toss your water bottle just yet. The fitness you’ve worked so hard to build goes hand-in-hand with hydration for optimal performance. Follow these tips to run strong into the autumn.

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Every Mudder has their own pre-event routine, and fueling up is an important part. Here’s what 10 Tough Mudder Ambassadors eat before they hit the course.

1. “Bananas, peanut butter, aminos, and maaaaaaaybe some caffeine.” —Brian Heffernan

2. “Overnight oats! Greek yogurt mixed with Nutella, almond milk, and the oats, and then I put granola and strawberries on it.” —Michele Fisher

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Energy gels are definitely a great way to give your stamina a big kick in the pants when you start to bonk during training or on course. But sometimes, well, you’d just rather not suck down goo. So, what’s a Mudder to do?

Check out these options for a mid-event energy boost that, honestly, are tasty enough to eat (or drink!) anytime you need a little more pep in your step.

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LauraPiehl's picture

Wir müssen alle essen, und hangry sein macht ja auch keinen Spaß. Aber oft kommt es leider doch dazu, denn wer plant schon akribisch jede Mahlzeit vor und hält dies dann auch ein? Wir glauben sogar daran, dass wenn du diesen Artikel liest, du spätestens in zwei Stunden wieder Hunger haben wirst – oder? Außer du hast dich gerade durch ein riesiges Mittagessen in das berühmt-berüchtigt dämmrige Nachmittagstief katapultiert.

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Sorry, Mudder Nation: Even if you’re training hard for a 5K, Classic, or Toughest Mudder and expending loads of energy on the regular, you probably still can't eat anything you want. But because there are more eating plans than there are ways to get over Everest (read: lots), it can be hard to figure out which eating plan is best for you.

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Bei Tough Mudder geht es um Kraft, Ausdauer und vor allem um Teamwork und Spaß. Die perfekte Ergänzung hierfür: der neue Power Corner von Müller

 

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Protein is a crucial part of any Mudder’s nutrition, and most people think “meat” when they think of protein. But there are plenty of plant-forward ways to work protein into your diet. These meals and snacks are the perfect options for meat-free Tough Mudders to get the vegetarian protein they need to crush it on course.

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From smoothies to plant-based burgers and pizza, getting your vegetarian protein fix has never been easier or more delicious. After completing a Tough Mudder, your body needs to refuel with a protein-packed meal, and these eight vegetarian protein options offer the perfect combination of flavor and nutrition. 

Wild Friends Oatmeal 

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