Overcoming Iron Deficiency

sarah cuff Performance, Supplements, Training 17 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 …

Sports Nutrition Products: Opt for the Right Option

kinseygomez Ergogenic Aids, Run Recovery, Supplements

These days, attempting to fuel yourself with healthy food products often feels more challenging than one might expect. How do you know which sports nutrition products are the best fuel for performance and recovery? I know I want to only use products that will enhance my running and help build me up into a stronger runner. It becomes especially challenging when …

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 …

Cacao vs Carob… Tart Cherry vs Açaí… And more!

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In conversations with clients, emails I receive and through talks I give, I am sometimes asked questions where I think, “Wow, I need to write a blog that includes the answer to this!” And then I never do. So – finally – here are only a handful of great questions I’ve received over the months… And their answers: Cacao VS Carob This was the …

Speed Healing and Prevent Injury

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A few weeks ago, I went out for my run only to realize after a kilometre or so that I needed to turn around and go back home. I wasn’t sick or injured. Just tired. Really, really tired. Burning the candle at both ends made me re-realize the importance of sleep. At that moment I actually wished for an injury – …

Pre-Run Nutrition (plus shortcuts)

sarah cuff Food for Runners, Nutrient Timing, Supplements 2 Comments

There are so many pieces that must come together in order to have a great run (and especially a great race) – including following a run training plan that works for you, getting enough sleep and maintaining an overall healthful nutrition plan full of antioxidant rich and anti-inflammatory foods. While you most likely have a training plan and know how much …

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 …

3 Reasons to Consider a Glutamine Supplement

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Glutamine. Have you heard of it? Do you use it? It’s a nutritional supplement – specifically, an amino acid that some athletes use to recover more quickly after workouts and to prevent getting sick. I’ve used it in the past regularly. These days I use it strategically and sparingly. How do you know whether or not to supplement with glutamine?  Let’s look …