Oct 6, 2014
We have all heard it before…. ‘you are what you eat’. It’s no new discovery that our diet affects our bodies in many weird and wonderful ways. Our skin is one of the big ones but unfortunately one that a lot of people don’t consider when it comes to nutrition.
I have spoken in previous blogs about foods your skin LOVES (check out that blog HERE). As always there are several foods that can play havoc with your skin and leave you with breakouts, blackheads or dry, tired skin.
One of the worst offenders is DAIRY. Removing (or significantly reducing) dairy from your diet could be the single best thing you can do for your skin. Milk contains high levels of a hormone IGF-1 which is designed to make baby cows grow big and strong BUT in humans this hormone contributes to build up of inflammation in your body. Dairy products also increase the production of oil and mucous which clogs your pores and can eventually lead to acne.
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Sep 3, 2014
You finally did it….. you are a finisher… you can’t get that shiny medal around your neck fast enough…. and yes you will wear it (along with your race bib) around for the rest of the day, just so everyone knows….. that you did it. (that is totally me)
It’s a pretty good feeling crossing the finish line of a fitness challenge you have spent weeks training for. It’s relief, exhaustion and a whole lot of satisfaction all bundled into one.
You catch your breath, find your feet, collect your thoughts. Now what?
Well for me the first thing on my mind always is FOOD. Post-race nutrition is really important when it comes to how well your body will bounce back. Not only do your muscles need nutrients to help with repair and recovery BUT you sure as hell deserve to reward yourself with a little bit of a feast.
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Aug 25, 2014
The skin is our largest organ… yes it is an organ, and a very important one. It protects us from the elements, regulates our body temperature & allows us to feel sensations such as hot, cold, sharp or blunt. Given the huge surface area that our skin covers & what we expose it to its no wonder many of us run into skin related problems…. Acne, rashes, dermatitis, skin fungus, scars or eczema. These are not uncommon problems and may of us will be faced with at least one at some stage.
Can you eat your way to better skin? Simply yes you can. What you feed your insides will be reflected on the outside. The
re are other lifestyle factors that can affect your skin such as smoking, alcohol, makeup & skin care products, hormones, stress & in some cases genetic factors BUT your skin can be a whole lot better if you start being a little more conscious of what you put in your mouth.
Want to get the glow?
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Feb 18, 2014
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day’
We have all heard it, read it, seen it written somewhere; if you’re a parent chances are you preach it to your kids; health professionals advocate it; & fitness magazines write about it ALL THE TIME.
So why it is that 1 in 4 people still skip breakfast during the week? Or worse 1 in 6 adults never even eat breakfast?
I have never quite been able to get my head around it because when I roll out of bed at 5:15am every morning my stomach is growling in desperation for SOMETHING TO EAT; and after an hours workout I’m like an impatient toddler lining up for a slice of birthday cake as I wait for my eggs & bacon to cook.
People skip breakfast for a handful of reasons… lack of time; some claim they ‘can’t stomach food so early’; while other are ‘generally just not hungry’; my personal favorite to limit their daily calorie intake. In my opinion these are all terrible terrible excuses. If you have time to blow dry your hair and make sure your scarf matches your shoes & pants then you have more than enough time to prepare something of nutritional value for breakfast. FYI a triple shot latte does not count as breakfast.
The name says it all for you… BREAK – FAST. Quite literally breakfast is the meal that essentially ‘breaks’ the 7-8 hour fast your body has had while you sleep. So the longer you hold out on getting some fuel into your body the longer you are in the fasted state.
Feb 6, 2014
Coconuts have been around for years and years; however in the last 12 months they have ‘come into vogue’ in the health industry with many health professionals and scientists now beginning to sing their praises. You only have to trace it back to its ‘roots’ to find out there is something pretty special about this nut.. In ancient India coconut trees are known as kalpa vriksha which is sanskrit for “the tree that supplies all that is needed to live’
Is coconut really a superfood? Can it really prevent and cure heart disease? Does coconut actually have health benefits when it comes to weight loss and insulin stabilisation? We don’t have all these answers in black and white BUT what we do know is there are multiple health benefits to be gained from the array of coconut products on the market.
Let’s talk a little about coconut oil. This seems to be the topic that has all the health big wigs talking. Coconut oil is the safest and healthiest oil to cook with. Yes it is exceptionally high in saturated fat BUT they aren’t your ‘run-of-the-mill’ fats like you find in cheese, steak and other foods we readily consume. Coconut oil contains a lot of medium chain triglycerides, which are metabolized differently in the digestive system and have been proven to have therapeutic effects on several brain disorders including Alzheimer’s. I think medical professionals may begin to see the light on this one. SATURATED FAT IS NOT THE ENEMY.
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May 5, 2013
Last week we posted part one of ‘are you eating right on game day?’ a little nutritional insight to ensure you’re fueling your body with the right things to perform at your best! If you missed out last week check out part 1 HERE
This is part two, touching on protein powders, hydration and post match recovery. Yes beers are allowed but there are a few other things to do to make sure you don’t pull up on Sunday too worse for wear!
Protein powders which one and when? whey isolate is the fastest and most complete amino acid pool of all types of proteins,
Hydration: water, water and more water. No sports drinks please! While they can be useful in replenishing and rehydrating they are generally full of sugar and additive.
Apr 29, 2013
I was shocked to recently learn that some sportsmen and women were turning to lollies to keep their energy levels up on game day. So I’ve put together a list of what to eat and drink to boost your energy pre game and keep you going throughout. What you eat throughout the week and in the 24 hours before the game will also aid your recovery post game (and I’m not referring to the celebratory beers!!)
1. Cut the refined sugar. We want to avoid any sugar highs – and the subsequent lows. When your blood glucose levels are spiked suddenly with a sugary food the body works rapidly to use up all the sugar. Glucose is the body’s main source of energy and the body will take what its needs from the food source replenish supplies in the brain, muscles and liver then what is left over is then converted into fat.
2. Choose your carbohydrates wisely. As I mentioned above processed flour/ refined sugar foods lack nutrients and fibre. Without the nutrients and fibre the energy from the food is quickly absorbed into the blood stream, causing a spike in energy and then dropping it quickly. With nutrients and fibre included in a carbohydrate source there is a steadier release of energy and the nutrient rich foods leave us feeling satiated so we don’t need to eat as much.