Whole Grain versus Refined

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I was asked recently if it’s true athletes should limit whole grains during competition and instead choose items such as white rice and white bread. In a nutshell, the answer is yes. But really – it’s more complicated than a simple yes or no. Allow me to explain… Years ago when was finishing up nutrition school at CSNN I remember …

Practicing Nutrient Timing (part 3): After

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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 …

How to Fuel your Run

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As a sports nutritionist who works primarily with runners, one of the most common questions I get asked is what to eat before running. You’d think by now I’d have a short, quick answer because I’ve now worked with so many runners, teach sports nutrition at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition as well as workshops on the subject, continue to read …

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 …

Post-Run Nutrition (plus shortcuts)

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Following up on my Pre-Run Nutrition post, your post-run nutrition practice can make a world of difference in how well and how quickly you recover. In fact, if you neglect taking in nutrition of any sort immediately after a long or hard run, you risk delaying your recovery time by half and suffering greater levels of pain and soreness as well as …

Pre-Run Nutrition (plus shortcuts)

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There are so many pieces that must come together in order to have a great run (and especially a great race) – including following a run training plan that works for you, getting enough sleep and maintaining an overall healthful nutrition plan full of antioxidant rich and anti-inflammatory foods. While you most likely have a training plan and know how much …

Running Carb-Depleted

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In my Eat 2 Run nutrition practice I am constantly stressing the importance eating enough carbohydrates to order to have enough energy to perform well. However, withholding carbohydrates strategically at certain times can actually benefit your performance. By practicing carb-depleted training runs, you might very well take your training and race performances to the next level. Let’s take a look at why anyone would …

3 Tips on Fuelling Your Run

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Have you ever asked yourself if you should be taking energy gels or using electrolyte or energy drinks? Wondered what kind or how often? Figuring out whether or not to fuel while running, what to take and when to take it can be confusing. I’ve run full marathons on Powerade only, or taking nothing until I bonked, and also gel …