Category Archives: Nutrition

Is Stevia Safe?

Pick up any health magazine, and you’ll likely see an article about sugar in one form or another. From glucose and evaporated cane juice to pure maple syrup and honey, good ol’ added sugar goes by lots of fancy names these days! One of the newer players in the sugar game is stevia, a zero-calorie “natural” sweetener. There’s no debating that stevia has stolen the spotlight from its artificial cousins, Splenda (sucralose) and Sweet’N Low (saccharin). It may taste like sugar, but is it more natural? Better yet, is it healthier? The answer may surprise you. What is stevia? Stevia Continue reading

What Should I Eat on Race Day!?

The week of your next race.. the big question is always, “What should I eat on race day?” This question should not just apply on race day though. If you want to really optimize your performance a well balanced diet should be consistent throughout your training. The best thing you can do for your training (and racing) schedule is to get into a routine. Know which food and supplements your body is comfortable ingesting. We’ll save supplement talk for another time, that is a topic in itself. For now lets stick with real food. For anyone training, for any sport, Continue reading

Recover, Recover, Recover! – With Protein Brownies!

As distance runners, we live in a constant cycle of destruction and adaptation. Getting your recovery right is vital for staving off muscle soreness and improving your performance. I love to come up with great new ways to recover after a long run or a hard workout. Ideally you want to refuel within 30 minutes after running as your body needs essential nutrients to kick start the growth and repair process after a hard training session. Both carbohydrates and protein are critical for full recovery after training. Carbohydrates are the body’s main fuel source, and are stored as glycogen in Continue reading

Does Beer Affect Your Training?

Whether grabbing a drink with a friend, recovering from a long week at work, or celebrating a recent accomplishment, it seems like the beer glass can always be filled and raised for a toast. You might think that this doesn’t make sense for runners. Why would health-conscious individuals indulge in something considered so unhealthy? Is it the carbs? The cool refreshment? What does it do to our bodies and how can it affect our performance? Here are a few things to consider before cracking that beer. Before The Race Since beer has carbs, it has to be beneficial for carbo Continue reading

Juicing Your Way Through the Holidays

The average American gains between 5 and 10 pounds in the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. So how do you balance the endless holiday treats and party platters with nutrients that support your offseason training? Juicing! The beauty of juicing is that you can decide exactly what type of juice you are going to make. Some days you’ll feel like fresh apple, ginger and cranberry. On other days, something moves you to combine kale, garlic, and beet; a tequila-like cocktail that you won’t soon forget! Either way, you’ll quickly find that juicing provides a bit of a boost, which Continue reading