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Feb 18, 2014

Why breakfast matters

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.


Categories Exercise & fitness General Issues Health and Wellbeing Tags breakfast energy protein nutrition wellbeing health healthy habits

May 5, 2013

PART 2: Are you eating right on game day?

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.


Categories Guest Blog - Nutrition Tags hydration electrolytes protein recovery post match performance nutrition energy Jess Rutledge

Apr 29, 2013

Are you eating right on game day? Nutritionist Jess Rutledge shares her expertise!

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.




Categories General Issues Guest Blog - Nutrition Health and Wellbeing Tags nutrition hydration game day energy performance carbohydrates protein sugar electrolytes