How to Heal (from chronic or acute injury)

sarah cuff Avoiding Injury, Heal Injury, Run Recovery 4 Comments

When I first began working with clients years ago, it didn’t take long until I realized one of the most common requests I would forevermore be receiving (along with desire for energy and performance) was help to overcome various injuries. Most runners appear to believe that injury is part of the game – if you run, you will get injured …

Choose the Right Protein Powder (Part 2: Plant-Based)

sarah cuff Macronutrients, Run Recovery, Supplements 6 Comments

I spoke in part 1 about how to choose the right whey protein powder and made it clear there (and would like to reiterate here) that I don’t believe most athletes NEED a protein powder. However protein powder can definitely make life a lot easier when it comes to successfully meeting ones daily protein requirement. That said, integrating the right protein powder …

Choose the Right Protein Powder (Part 1: Whey)

sarah cuff Macronutrients, Run Recovery, Supplements 4 Comments

As a holistic sports nutritionist who first and foremost seeks (both personally and professionally for clients) to get all nutrients required from whole foods, let me be clear in stating I don’t believe most athletes NEED a protein powder. However protein powder can definitely make life a lot easier when it comes to successfully meeting ones daily protein requirement. That said, integrating …

5 Reasons to Become more Metabolically Efficient

sarah cuff Run Faster, Run Recovery, Run Stronger, Running Performance 39 Comments

After a good half-year of struggling with energy, performance and weight gain, I decided to try something – a solution to my woes if you will – that isn’t readily taught in traditional sports nutrition. As a result it helped me to bounce back from months of lacklustre performance and rather extreme fatigue. Plus those extra pounds that had been slowly …

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 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 …