Why You Should Eat More Turmeric (and How)

sarah cuff Phytonutrients, Run Recovery, Run Stronger 6 Comments

Turmeric is one of the top 5 “eat2run superfoods” in which I’ve long promoted for it’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and circulatory benefits. Of the few foods I really try to ensure I include in my habits on a daily basis, turmeric spice is definitely one of them. However a few months ago I noticed I wasn’t really doing a great job of that… So …

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), …

Culinary Exploration: Herbs and Spices for Endurance Athletes

emmajanecutfield Antioxidants, Phytonutrients, Vitamins & Minerals 3 Comments

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 …

Top 10 Nutrient Dense Foods

sarah cuff Food for Runners, Phytonutrients, Superfoods for Runners 7 Comments

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 …

Cacao: Good for Your Heart & Running Performance

sarah cuff Food for Runners, Phytonutrients, Recipes for Runners 4 Comments

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 …

Recover Faster: Top 5 Anti-Inflammatory Foods

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Inflammation is our bodies response to injury and to intense exercise that causes micro-tears to our muscles. While we strive to avoid injury, the micro-tears we sustain from hard workouts – such as tempo runs, intervals or long runs – ultimately help us to grow stronger. Inflammation therefore is beneficial because it helps to heal these micro-tears quickly. The problem …