5 Reasons to Become more Metabolically Efficient

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After a good half-year of struggling with energy, performance and weight gain, I decided to try something – a solution to my woes if you will – that isn’t readily taught in traditional sports nutrition. As a result it helped me to bounce back from months of lacklustre performance and rather extreme fatigue. Plus those extra pounds that had been slowly …

Coconut Oil is Healthy (it’s always been healthy)

sarah cuff Heart Health, Superfoods for Runners 9 Comments

On June 15, 2017 the American Heart Association (AHA) published a presidential advisory entitled “Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease” advising the public to lower intake of saturated fats and replace them with unsaturated fats, particularly polyunsaturated fats. This resulted in an article published the very next day by USA Today entitled “Coconut oil isn’t healthy. It’s never been healthy” and a number of other …

6 Reasons Why Chocolate Rocks

sarah cuff Ergogenic Aids, Food for Runners, Heart Health, Run Faster, Run Stronger, Superfoods for Runners 0 Comments

It’s no secret – I love chocolate! It’s one of the Eat2Run top five “superfoods” and in fact, I’ve written about chocolate before – in this 2014 blogpost I outline the difference between cacao and cocoa, and why we want to reach for dark chocolate. Here today, I want to dive deep into exactly WHY chocolate (dark unprocessed chocolate and …

3 Key Stress Busting Supplements

sarah cuff Ergogenic Aids, Performance, Run Faster, Run Recovery, Run Stronger, Supplements 8 Comments

Yes today I’m talking supplements! I know, I know – I usually talk whole food only. For good reason – supplements are not nearly as effective when we’re not also eating well. So please know I’m trusting you have the intention of (or already are) nourishing yourself with nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory food – and simply wish to support your body under the stress …

How achieving Acid-Alkaline Balance can make you a Stronger Runner

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There are many ways to approach building a healthy well balanced nutrition plan. Over the years I’ve referenced choosing nutrient-dense, whole, real foods and spent much time pointing out anti-inflammatory and antioxidant rich foods we would do well to consume on a regular basis in order to help a build strong and healthy body. However, today I’d like to look …

5 Reasons You NEED Tart Cherries

sarah cuff Antioxidants, Avoiding Injury, Beverages, Ergogenic Aids, Food for Runners, Fruit, Heart Health, Performance, Run Faster, Run Recovery, Run Stronger, Running Performance, Superfoods for Runners 8 Comments

Tart cherry juice is something I drink pretty much every single day – and definitely everyday when in hardcore training mode. Why? For one, because I know it helps me to recover so much faster. I have no doubt its anti-inflammatory effects have allowed me to get back out there running and feeling great the very next day after a …

Practicing Nutrient Timing (part 3): After

sarah cuff Nutrient Timing, Performance, Running Performance, Training 0 Comments

Figuring out what to eat before, during and after workouts (and thus ensuring the proper practice of nutrient timing) can make the world of difference in our energy and recovery. What you eat (or don’t eat!) post-run plays a large role in determining how you’ll feel afterwards and how much energy you’ll have for your next workout – particularly if you’ll be working out again later that same …

Practicing Nutrient Timing (Part 2): During

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In order to build a strong, healthy body it pretty much goes without saying that you must establish overall healthy nutritional habits that include plenty of antioxidant rich and anti-inflammatory foods (read: lots of leafy greens, veggies, fruits, herbs/spices and other nutrient dense real foods!). To really dial into performance nutrition however, a focus on what to eat immediately before, during and after each run becomes …