Six Recovery Supplements for Athletes

Originally published on HVMN by Nate Martins. Why is recovery so often skipped?Athletes know it’s essential to build muscle. It’s crucial to cool down, eat protein, stretch, hydrate, and give your body an opportunity to replenish and repair post-workout.Maybe it’s our busy schedules; we’re off to the next thing so fast, often unable to account for the extra half-hour of recovery after workouts. … [Read more...]

Are the new “natural-cut fries with sea salt” recently unveiled by Wendy’s a healthy choice?

If you know me then you know I am not a fan of fast food at all. Fast food items are generally loaded in calories, contain lots of fat, and have far too little vitamins, minerals, and fiber. But I am one of those realist dietitians and I know people sometimes resort to fast food on those hectic days and want to provide some guidance on whether these new spuds count as a good choice in a sports … [Read more...]

Nutrition for pilates and yoga

Now that I am finished with my PhD I have time to go out and enjoy life more, and to that end I took my first pilates class on Saturday. Since I am getting older and want to continue running and cycling for many years, I thought it would be a good addition to my weekly workout routine. I looked up the benefits of pilates and found them to include: the ability to build strength and endurance by … [Read more...]

Sorting out cereals

With the morning temperatures getting lower, you may be thinking about switching your cold breakfast foods for something warm. While it isn’t easy to figure out which cold cereals are 100% whole grain, with hot cereals whole grains are the norm not the exception. Even Cream of Wheat has a whole-grain version. Do some whole grains beat others? It doesn’t appear so as studies have found a lower risk … [Read more...]

Is going gluten-free a viable weight loss option?

The gluten-free market is experiencing huge growth not only in the US but on a global scale. It is estimated that just 1% of the population has celiac disease yet according to market reports 15 to 25% of consumers want gluten-free foods. So is this demand for gluten-free products the latest weight loss fad or is giving up gluten a viable weight loss technique?Gluten consists of two proteins, … [Read more...]

Corn is in season!

Corn is in season and whether fresh off the cob, frozen, or canned, corn often gets overlooked as a nutritious part of a healthy diet. I have often heard people say they avoid it since it is so “starchy”, but it is this starch, which is actually a complex carbohydrate, that makes corn a great addition to a sports diet. Health benefits of cornCorn is a rich source of phytochemicals and it is the … [Read more...]

Coconut water: Is it really “natures sports drink”?

Coconut water is not something new. The liquid inside young, green coconuts has long been enjoyed in tropical countries due to its availability, cultural traditions and beliefs regarding its health benefits. But now it has gone main stream in the US and can be found in colorful juice-box style packages in a variety of flavors in most supermarkets. Sales of coconut water in the US have jumped in … [Read more...]

Wow is it hot!

It sure is a hot one today in Phoenix with a high of 112! This means that you need to either get outside very early or very late to do your exercise. You also want to make sure that you are hydrating adequately. Physiologically speaking exercising in the heat puts the most stress on your body. You are dealing with the heat gained from physical exertion as well as the hot environment. Dehydration … [Read more...]

KNS adds a blog!

Ok if you haven't noticed from my previous blogs I am new to blogging. I took some downtime yesterday and tried to tackle a giant stack of journals and magazines and came across an article titled "Ten Rules for Better Blogging" in my American Dietetic Association journal. After reading it I came to the conclusion that so far with my posts I have broken all ten rules! So let's try this again. … [Read more...]

Three Cheers for Cherries!

Cherries are one of those delectable fruits of summer that not only taste good, but have so many health benefits that they should be an essential part of any endurance athletes’ nutrition plan. There is a significant body of research suggesting that cherries are one of the most nutritious foods you can eat. Cherries contain anthocyanins 1 and 2 which are powerful antioxidants that not only give … [Read more...]