Can Medium-Chain Triglycerides Improve Performance?

sarah cuff Ergogenic Aids, Omega-3s, Running Performance, Superfoods for Runners, Supplements, Training 2 Comments

As a dedicated marathon runner always chasing down a new PB / PR, I’m all over ergogenic aids and using food strategically to enhance my performance. For example, using caffeine and beet juice have turned out to be quite advantageous to my race results. So when I began my latest round of fat-loading (also a strategy that’s benefited my performance in the past), where I …

Why You Probably Want to be Eating More Nutrient Dense Foods

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Here on the Eat 2 Run blog I find myself talking a lot about performance nutrition. However in seminars and workshops, I often present on the basic ‘rules’ we might apply to our daily food selection that will help us to build stronger, healthier bodies more resilient to injury. And truth be told, it really is what we eat on a daily basis that …

Fat-Loading for Race Performance (part 2)

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Last year I began to explore the topic of fat-loading, a method used to enhance ones running performance in endurance events lasting longer than 2 hours. The purpose of fat-loading is to teach the body to burn its own fatty acids as fuel (to a greater extent than it already does), thereby conserving glycogen stores. Conserving glycogen stores as much as possible will …

Boost Your Iron Levels Permanently

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Endurance runners are known to have a higher prevalence of iron-deficiency anemia than the general population (other at-risk groups include women and those who restrict calories). Indeed, I encounter many a client who is struggling to improve their iron-levels. In fact, the Journal of Internal Medicine published a study showing systemic iron deficiency was found in 56% of the runners they tested. Why …

STOP Muscle Cramping

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I’ve now worked with quite a number of clients now who came to me with one of their main goals being to not cramp so badly while racing (both half-marathoners and full marathoners). One of my runners, Tomoko, had both calves cramp up on her so badly she actually fell to the ground and had to be wheeled to the medical tent. …

Seasonal Fruits to Boost Your Running Performance

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I’m sitting here in a very sunny Vancouver, British Columbia, and feeling spoiled with all the fresh fruit that is in abundance at the farmers market and in stores these days. I  find these seasonal offerings taste oh-so-good, but could it possibly be true that they also benefit our running performance? While fruits do contain naturally occurring sugars (including fructose), …

Recipe: Bonk Proof Coffee (the runners take on Bulletproof Coffee)

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While acute amounts of cortisol from complimentary stress can be beneficial, elevated or chronically high cortisol is not a runners friend. For support in finding lasting energy, that’s low stress on the body, and entirely plant based, try this recipe for our “Bonk Proof” coffee… This recipe was inspired by my desire to reduce my total caffeine intake, and nourish my …

Culinary Exploration: Herbs and Spices for Endurance Athletes

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One of the easiest ways to transform your kitchen into a playground is to experiment with fresh and dried herbs and spices. Don’t dismiss these flavour additions as merely for taste, they are actually powerful performance aids! Aside from performance benefits, I also advocate the use of fresh and dried spices and herbs to flavour and season meals as a …

Herbs Infused Salad Dressings for Cardiovascular Health

emmajanecutfield Phytonutrients, Recipes for Runners, Vegetables 2 Comments

A meal’s transition from mundane to magic comes from the help of a few noble spices and herbs. Powerful enough to be concentrated and sold as nutritional supplements, spices and herbs not only deliver flavor, but a myriad of health benefits too.  L to R: Cilantro, Basil, Rosemary, Dill Try these following recipes as a powerful addition to your Eat2Run …