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Jon Burdon, Chi Running and Chi Walking instructor based in England and Wales

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The Chi Running book has a whole section on Chi Living and also discusses diet. Diet plays a central role in becoming a better runner. I recently qualified as a Sport and Exercise Nutritional Advisor and am avidly reading through various books around the theme of nutrition for runners. See my previous blog on Finding Ultra, for example. I'm begining to explore more and more what raw and much less processed food can do for us as athletes (and as human beings!)

I'm going to share a few recipes in the next few blogs. Why not post a photo and comment when you've tried one out?

Paul from Paul Poole Mountainreering has let me share this yummy recipe. Make it today!


Coconut and Lime Raw Bites

  • Handful Almonds
  • Handful Cashews
  • Handful and half of dates
  • Zest and juice of 2 limes
  • Desiccated coconut for coating


Blitz almonds and cashews in a processer until they are finely chopped, add dates, lime zest and juice, blitz again
Roll into small balls and coat in coconut.
Keep in fridge and eat soon!

How to eat!

Why not try eating these slowly and mindfully. Can you taste each ingredient? What does it feel like in your mouth? Take a moment to enjoy what you are eating and be grateful!

I've also become a huge fan of the Nutribullet, so if you have any recipes please send them to me as I'd like to feature them on my blog soon. If any readers have any questions on nutrition for runners, please use the comments box below.

Where to find me


I live in the Holme Valley, near Huddersfield and on the very northern edge of the Peak District National Park. Workshops are in venues easily accessible from:

Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford, Liverpool, Huddersfield, Halifax, Wakefield, Barnsley, Cumbria, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and North Wales.


Mountain Training
I am a qualified Mountain Leader, registered with the Mountain Training Association.

Photos of the Holme Valley Landscape are by Andy Leader of Made in Holmfirth

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