We live in a society obsessed with body weight. Too much emphasis is placed on body shape and size. The media has created unrealistic weight expectations. We are constantly bombarded with images of the “perfect body.” I’ll admit that I can easily fall into this trap when scrolling through Instagram. I follow many famous athletes, … Continue reading Is Your Weight Goal Realistic?
If you’ve been following recent sports news, you have probably seen headlines accusing Mo Farah of taking inappropriate amounts of carnitine. Another recent article listed all the supplements taken by Shannon Rowbury before the 2016 Rio Olympics. One of the many supplements listed was Hammer Mito caps, which contain 250 mg of carnitine per tablet. … Continue reading Mo Farah Takes it, Should You?
My genetic DNA test results came back this past week. I’ll admit that although I offer this test to the public, I was hesitant to get my own results. My hesitation came down to 1 of the 45 tested genes, the CYP1A2 gene. This gene influences caffeine metabolism. Anyone who knows me well, knows that … Continue reading Using Caffeine to Improve Sports Performance
Does this sound like a familiar situation? There is a plate of freshly made chocolate chip cookies on the counter, a box of Tim Horton’s donuts in the staff room or a bag of your favourite potato chips in the cupboard. You know these foods aren’t good for you. You tell yourself “I WILL NOT … Continue reading Why You Shouldn’t Cut Out “Bad” Food
Feeling tired and run down? Athletes often attribute these feelings to overtraining, but the real culprit could be iron depletion. Low iron can cause you to feel unusually tired, impacts your ability to keep up in regular workouts or even causes performance plateaus. Low iron is all too often overlooked when trying to identify the cause … Continue reading Feeling Unusually Tired? Low Iron Could be the Cause.
I’ve had an increasing number of people ask me about glutamine supplementation recently. I also noticed that on the protein powder that I use “L-glutamine” is listed. To be honest, I didn’t know much about the research behind glutamine supplementation and athletic performance. During my dietetic internship, glutamine supplements were sometimes given to critically ill … Continue reading Should you take a glutamine supplement?
You may have seen a post a couple weeks back that I am now offering a genetic DNA test called nutrigenomix. I’ve had a lot of people asking me about this test, so I thought I should dedicate this week’s blogs to explaining nutrigenomix and how it could benefit your health and performance. What is … Continue reading How Genetic DNA Testing Could Unleash Your Athletic Potential
In past blogs, I’ve talked about strategies for properly fuelling during and after exercise (part 1 and part 2). I’ve even posted a blog on fasted exercise training. If you read this blog, which I highly recommend you do, then you know that in some circumstances there is a metabolic advantage to training “on empty.” … Continue reading Pre-Exercise Nutrition
I recently led a grocery store tour for a group of local runners. I learned a lot preparing for this event and was reminded of how misleading so-called healthy foods can be. Thanks to clever marketing schemes, foods that really aren’t any better than junk foods are often assumed to be nutritious choices by the … Continue reading Healthy foods that aren’t so healthy
First an injury update- I’m back to running! The rest, ice and, of course, ground flaxseed must have worked. Although I’m resuming running with caution, my extensor tendonitis seems to be completely resolved. If you read my last blog (which I highly recommend), I talked about omega-3 fatty acids and their role in reducing inflammation. … Continue reading Inflammation and food- part 2