Whole Grain versus Refined

sarah cuff Gut Health, Nutrient Timing, Performance 2 Comments

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 …

3 Key Stress Busting Supplements

sarah cuff Ergogenic Aids, Performance, Run Faster, Run Recovery, Run Stronger, Supplements 8 Comments

Yes today I’m talking supplements! I know, I know – I usually talk whole food only. For good reason – supplements are not nearly as effective when we’re not also eating well. So please know I’m trusting you have the intention of (or already are) nourishing yourself with nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory food – and simply wish to support your body under the stress …

5 Reasons You NEED Tart Cherries

sarah cuff Antioxidants, Avoiding Injury, Beverages, Ergogenic Aids, Food for Runners, Fruit, Heart Health, Performance, Run Faster, Run Recovery, Run Stronger, Running Performance, Superfoods for Runners 8 Comments

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 …

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

sarah cuff Nutrient Timing, Performance, Run Recovery, Running Performance, Training 1 Comment

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 …

Practicing Nutrient Timing (Part 1): Before

sarah cuff Macronutrients, Performance, Run Recovery, Running Performance, Training 4 Comments

It pretty much goes without saying that we are best off eating an overall healthy diet rich in fruits and veggies to build a strong, healthy body that will perform well for us. But if you really want to dial in, you might consider implementing solid nutrition routines before, during and after your run that will help to give you the cutting …

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

sarah cuff Ergogenic Aids, Food for Runners, Omega-3s, Performance, Run Recovery Leave a Comment

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 …

Overcoming Iron Deficiency

sarah cuff Performance, Supplements, Training 16 Comments

Nearly 2 months ago I discovered I was clinically iron deficient. Although I’d been struggling with fatigue over the past number of months, many of the strategies I’d implemented to combat fatigue had appeared to help – so I thought I was in the clear. But alas, I was not. However, iron deficiency explained so much – and after quickly and …