The One Superfood to Avoid on Race Night

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Before I cut to the chase, let me offer an important disclaimer: each runner is different, with a unique digestive system and different ability to handle certain foods before key workouts and races. But in general, I’ve made one startling discovery that may surprise you (especially coming from me): Don’t eat kale the night before your big race. Really, what …

Running Carb-Depleted

sarah cuff Carb-Loading for Runners, Nutrient Timing, Training 6 Comments

In my Eat 2 Run nutrition practice I am constantly stressing the importance eating enough carbohydrates to order to have enough energy to perform well. However, withholding carbohydrates strategically at certain times can actually benefit your performance. By practicing carb-depleted training runs, you might very well take your training and race performances to the next level. Let’s take a look at why anyone would …

Carbs Rock: 5 Carbs You Need (and 2 you don’t)

sarah cuff Carb-Loading for Runners 2 Comments

In my practice and in general I know many people who were, or even still currently are, a bit afraid of carbohydrates. Some… A lot afraid. I totally get it. Once upon a time (8 years ago) I also harboured a severe carb phobia. I counted them incessantly to ensure I didn’t go over my daily quota (which was a gut wrenchingly small number). …

Top 5 Classic Runners Foods

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I’m always game for adding the latest and greatest nutrient-dense superfood into my daily nutritional habits for the exceptional benefits it has to offer. Hemp hearts, chia seeds, coconut water, matcha, tart cherry juice – the list goes on. But there are some foods that have been around for a long time that are nutritional powerhouses and even if they might …

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 …

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 …

How to Fuel Your Big Race (Carb-Loading 101)

sarah cuff Run Faster, Running Performance 4 Comments

One of the most common questions I get is how to eat before a big race. Specifically, should I be ‘carb-loading’ the week before a race (and what does that really even mean)? What to eat the night before? The morning of? Does that mean I can eat more cookies? More oat bars?!! Carb-loading is essentially the practice of eating enough …