Top 10 Nutrient Dense Foods

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As some of you are already aware, I am a huge fan of using nutrient density as a determining factor in what I choose to eat. In case you’re not totally clear on what nutrient dense foods are, let me clarify… In a nutshell, nutrient density is a measure of how many nutrients are present in a certain food per calorie. Nutrient dense foods …

Pass the Salt Please

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Salt. Apparently, North Americans consume over twice the amount they are “supposed to” despite years of being told to limit salt intake (taking in ~3,400mg daily as opposed to the recommended levels of 1,500mg daily)¹. Of course, we’re runners and we lose salt when we sweat, so we’ve been told we can have a bit more… But overall… Salt… It’s kinda… …

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

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What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. It’s a line from a Kelly Clarkson song. Which is a twist on philosopher Friedrech Nietzsche’s words, “That which does not kill me makes me stronger.” I always take questions at the end of each talk I give and a few weeks ago, received a really great one I want to share with you …

Cacao: Good for Your Heart & Running Performance

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With Valentines Day just around the corner I thought we might talk about something commonly associated with this day — chocolate. Well, raw chocolate that is – raw cacao, which is really just a fancy way of saying cocoa. Or maybe it’s the ‘official’ way of saying it. After all, the small evergreen tree where chocolate comes from is called …

3 Reasons to Love Hemp Hearts

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As a runner, I am constantly looking for ways to improve my nutrition and my training. Training aside (because I’m here to talk food with you), I refuse to believe that I’ve ever reached the point of perfection. There is always room for improvement. That’s why I’m using hemp more, especially as my protein source in my recovery shakes this …

Are You Eating Enough Protein?

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Protein. It’s the stuff that helps us build our muscles and repair the damage from hard workouts, so that we are stronger for our next run. We know we need protein. But how do we know if we are getting enough? Standard recommendations call for between 0.8 grams (for sedentary individuals) and 1.2 grams (for active individuals) of protein per …

Top 5 Seeds You Want to be Eating

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I love my nuts and seeds. As someone who relies on a plant-strong diet, they provide protein and nutrients required for strong running and quick recovery. I realize there are people (I see them on a regular basis) who have allergies and sensitivities to various nuts and seeds. We work around them or find alternatives. But for those of you …

Why Runners Need ACES

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If your first question is “What the heck are ACES???”… Let me just say, good question! No, I’m not referring to the ace of spades, commonly seen as the highest card in a deck of playing cards. ACES is a cute acronym to remember the top antioxidant nutrients required for a strong and healthy immune system: vitamin’s A, C and E …

Why Hippie Dust Benefits Runners

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One ingredient I use frequently is hippie dust. What… You haven’t heard of it? Or maybe you’ve heard of it by another name. How about nooch? Red star yeast? Savoury yeast? Or how about its official name – nutritional yeast? But then again, it’s quite possible you haven’t yet heard of it at all! It appears many people haven’t heard of …

Required for Energy & Endurance

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Tired – as in extremely, consistently fatigued. Run down. Washed out. Pale. Diminished appetite. Performances spiralling downward. Reduced endurance. Cold hands and feet. Headaches. Light-headedness. Irritability. Repeated infections. Any of these sound like you? If so, you may be low on iron. Iron is a trace mineral required for energy and endurance. At any one time, there should be 3-5 grams …