Fall Foods for the Athlete

With the miracle of growing techniques available these days, many foods are available all year ‘round. But most foods usually taste better when they are in season and are a great source of vitamin and nutrients that will keep your body in good working order. So take advantage of the Fall season and see what your local farmer’s market or store has in season for you to boost your training. Apples...Read more

Why Should You Make Your Fruit and Vegetable Selection Colourful?

Many people often say that you eat first with your eyes. Selecting a menu full of colour not only makes your meal more appealing to the visual senses, it will benefit your health too. Different colours of foods generally mean that it contains different vitamins and minerals. When you think about it, no one single food can contain all the nutrients that an individual needs, so eating different...Read more

The Diabetic Athlete

More than 382 million people worldwide, and 10 million Canadians, are living with Diabetes Mellitus, more commonly known as diabetes . There are three different types of the chronic disease, but most athletes seem to have either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 is when the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin for the body, and Type 2 is when the cells in the body fail to respond to insulin...Read more

You Are What You Eat- The Importance of Post-Training Nutrition

Many athletes focus on the technical and conditioning aspects of their sporting experience, yet nutrition is an equally important part of athletic success. Post-training nutrition is especially critical, as it helps the body recover and recharge. Timing is also important; studies show that food consumed within 30 minutes of exercising will have a significant effect on glycogen stores and muscle...Read more

Can backing a losing team be hazardous for your health?

Fall is the time to be cheering for your favorite football or soccer team, since the regular seasons in both sports are already underway. For die-hard fans whose self-identities are tied to affiliations with certain teams, fall can be synonymous with an emotional rollercoaster. A recent study titled, From Fan to Fat? Vicarious Losing Increases Unhealthy Eating, but Self-Affirmation Is an...Read more

Veggie Spotlight: Kale

Kale has been on the radar lately, with its high nutritional value and low calorie count - a cup is 36 calories and provides more than 100 percent of the daily value (DV) of vitamins K and A, and 200 percent of the DV for vitamin C - it's easy to see why. Kale is a leafy green vegetable that is part of the Brassica family of cruciferous vegetables which includes broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and...Read more

Recovery Nutrition - Carbs and protein

Recovery nutrition should be an important goal that is placed at the top of any serious athletes training priorities. Immediately after training, muscles are primed to absorb nutrients such as carbohydrate (restores muscle glycogen) and protein (repairs damaged muscle fibres), both of which are essential for rapid recovery from intense exercise. Proper nutrition is an essential part of the...Read more

Fuel your body for winter

This time of year life gets tends to get a little busier and with all the events during the holiday season it's easy to let Omega 3's - For those Canadians that suffer from Seasonal Affected Disorder (SAD), nutrition experts recommend introducing Omega-3 fats in your diet since these have been shown to relieve symptoms of mild depression. Salmon, walnuts and flax seeds are all good sources of...Read more

Avoiding painful side stitches

Side stitches or exercise-related transient abdominal pain (ETAP) is not well studied, but it is thought to be caused by a lack of blood flow to the diaphragm which causes pain in the side or shoulder area. While side stitches occur more frequently in people who are out of shape, most of us have experienced pain in our sides at one point or another. One study found that although many people...Read more

Should we be eating like cavemen?

Diet trends pop up everyday that make crazy claims for your health, weight and even longevity. Paleolithic diet is referred to as the caveman diet, Stone Age diet or hunter–gatherer diet. This diet consists of foods that are assumed to be available to humans prior to modern agriculture. Most of us know to ignore the latest fad, but there is one diet that seems to be gaining some ground. The What...Read more