Fats & Oils: Fat as Running Fuel

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Last week, in part 1 of this 3-part Fats & Oils series, I wrote on why we absolutely need fat in our diets and specifically honed in on the benefits of coconut oil. However coconut oil is certainly not the “only” or “best” fat we should be eating. In fact, while it continues to gain popularity, it is still a processed product …

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 …

Chocolate Milk for Post-Run Recovery?

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I’ve had a number of clients ask me about the benefits of chocolate milk as a recovery drink, a beverage many runners enjoy the convenience of post-run. In fact, it’s a popular choice to be found at the finish line of many races. Does chocolate milk live up to it’s hype? Let’s take a look. But first, what we should …

Need a Detox?

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Three Ways to Kickstart your 2013 Running Performance As we approach a new year and particularly after a few weeks of indulging, we may feel the need to detoxify our bodies in hopes of uncovering a lighter and leaner running body. As runners, we can’t follow a traditional cleanse or detox program because just drinking veggie juice is not going …