6 Reasons Why Chocolate Rocks

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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 …

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

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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 …

5 Ways to Avoid (or Combat) High Blood Pressure

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Hypertension – the medial term for high blood pressure – affects 70 million American adults (per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). That’s 1 in 3 adults in the United States currently suffering from high blood pressure. In Canada (per Hypertension Canada) 7.5 million Canadian adults (1 in 5) suffer from this ‘silent killer’. In Australia (per the Heart Foundation), 4.6 million Australian adults (1 …

Omega-3’s: Why you need them & What to eat

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There are a handful of dietary strategies I implement on daily basis for building a stronger and healthier body which have become so engrained in my habits that sometimes I forget to talk about why they are so important. One of these is ensuring I consume enough omega-3 fatty acids – daily in food form and sometimes in supplement form as …

How to Avoid the “Runners Trots”

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Have you ever had to dash to the nearest washroom or porta-potty mid-run (or worse yet, mid-race)? If so, I um… I understand. Been there done that (and it’s a terrible place to be). But I know I’m not alone in having suffered these inconveniences. In working with so many runners, I see this issue show up about 20% of …

Quick Tips: Fast Breakfast Ideas for Busy Runners

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Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A healthy, balanced breakfast can set you up to have an energetic, productive day, while an unhealthy one can lead to sugar cravings, fatigue, and unproductiveness. Clearly, the healthy, nutritionally packed breakfast is the way to go! Whether you are rushing out the door or spending some quality …

What to Eat on Race Morning

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It’s race morning. What should you eat? Oatmeal? Toast? Bagel? Banana? Eggs and bacon? Nothing? A 2014 review of pre-exercise nutrition studies conducted over that past 50 years concluded that eating carb-rich foods prior to endurance exercise appears to enhance performance (more so than protein-rich or fat-rich foods). Eating a high carbohydrate meal in the hours before your race maximizes glycogen stores, both …

Boosting Performance with Beets

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I’m racing the Steveston 8km Ice Breaker Road Race this Sunday. And I’m going to try something new. Beetroot juice. Although I can’t believe I personally have not yet tried this particular ergogenic aid – it’s entirely true. I have not. However I’ve had a number of clients and workshop participants who have given beetroot juice a go, and tell me it really …