Your ONE Nutritional Strategy for a Strong & Healthy Heart

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When I was nineteen I worked in a florist shop and in the days leading up to Valentines Day, spent many hours de-thorning roses. Making beautiful red rose bouquets for lovers to present to their loves. That’s what Valentine’s Day was about in my mind at that time, all red roses… And chocolate of course. I know there are still …

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 10 Shakes to Fuel Your Running

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Shakes and smoothies are a runners best friend, for a couple reasons: One – Super Post-Run Awesomeness — Shakes are a fantastic way to deliver nutrients to your body after a long or hard run. They’re more appetizing to most than solid food (we tend to have suppressed appetites immediately following a run even though it’s actually a good time to …

Why Coconut Water Rocks (even if you think you don’t like it)

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You’ve heard the hype about coconut water, right? Your fridge is stocked? After all, it’s another one of my top 10 foods for runners… When I first heard about coconut water I was so on board. I mean, what could be better than a natural sports drink? No sugar added (no glucose-frucose or any other refined sugar), no colourings, no …

Top 8 Pre-Run Snacks

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(updated April 2018) I’ve talked in previous posts what you might want to consider eating for breakfast before you head out for a run… But what if you’re running middle of day or, more commonly, later in the day? Ideally you’re eating a carbohydrate rich snack that contains about 2-2.5 grams of carbohydrates per kg of bodyweight about 2-4 hours …

6 Delicious (Runner Approved) Desserts

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I just ate some chocolate. The reason I feel compelled to make this confession? That would be because I’ve spent the past 5 weeks not eating ANY chocolate or desserts (you’ll recall the beach body article I wrote?). Now, I’m not here to tell you that chocolate and sugar is healthy (well the cacao is… the sugar – not so …

Top 4 Breakfasts to Fuel your Running

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(updated April 2018) In order to have good energy to complete a strong run, you need to eat breakfast 1 to 4 hours before heading out the door for a morning run. And even if you’re not going for a morning run (maybe you’re running later in the day), research shows that people who eat breakfast are leaner and healthier …