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 …

Culinary Exploration: Herbs and Spices for Endurance Athletes

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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 …

Is Alcohol a Superfood for Runners?

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I remember learning in nutrition school about the myriad of benefits fermented foods can offer (such as boosting digestion and supporting intestinal health). As alcohol is a fermented food, should runners be imbibing regularly to reap the benefits? Enjoying a post-hike brew at Whyte Lake (carried out our cans of course…) If we look at the preparation of alcohol, we …

Do Runners Need Probiotics?

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Probiotics are all the rage right now. I see their popularity continue to grow daily as articles and studies hot off the press praise this latest miracle supplement on the market. Recently, a 2012 study looked at probiotics and athletes and concluded that probiotics offer promising benefits. Is it true? Could you, as a runner, benefit from probiotics? Let’s take a look at …

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 …