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When we see those bitter, dark leafy greens like arugula, swiss chard, and beet greens, we automatically think of them as being good for our health. But did you know these foods can also help boost performance, particularly in endurance and sprint-type activities like running, cycling and swimming? What these foods, in addition to certain vegetables like beets, celery, and fennel, all have in common is they contain high amounts of natural chemicals called nitrates.
If you’re like me, the warm weather has likely got you spending more time outside, whether at the cottage, at the beach or on a patio, in the company of friends and family. And with these activities, it is likely you are enjoying a drink, or a few. While having some drinks in moderation is no biggy, being unaware of our drinking choices can get in the way of our health and fitness goals. This can mean not being conscious of how much we are drinking, the types of drink choices we are making, and what happens before and after we drink.
I always preach that food is essentially our best means of self-care. What you choose to put into your body will influence how you feel both physically and mentally. If you prioritize consuming enough fruits and vegetables and eating regularly throughout the day, you may be amazed by the difference proper nutrition can make for your health and wellbeing.
As a society we continue to get busier and busier, and along with this we are moving away from prepping and making our own meals at home. This means we tend to rely on going out for food more often, not making the best choices when we do, and *needlessly* spending $$$ on food delivery services. But, does our busy schedule NEED to get the best of us and sabotage our eating habits? No, I don’t think so. It might just be as simple as making meal prep and cooking a priority, along with some simple hacks. Of course, it goes without saying there are SO many benefits of making your own meals at home.
Following the basics of how to do it right, and also finding out what works best for you, can help you feel fuelled and energized, rather than bogged down by your food. When we feel good during exercise, we are SO much more likely to go back for more. Eating beforehand also helps prevent the chance of injury by reducing the risk of hunger and low blood sugar during your session (which can negatively impact your focus and concentration).
Are you in the mood for some muffins? Well I have a treat for you. I made this recipe last weekend and it was absolutely DELICIOUS. I don’t often bake with almond flour, but when I do, the product always comes out super moist and naturally sweet. If you are watching your carb intake, these recipes offer a nice low sugar treat when the cravings strike. Most of the sweetness comes from the almonds and the blueberries, and only a modest amount of sugar.
While it is true that a large portion of added sugars in our diet come from hidden sources (like sauces, snacks and other packaged foods), a major contributor of our sugar intake is from the obvious foods like desserts, candies and chocolates. This being said, moderating our intake of these foods can help us to reach that 5% goal. Of course, having the occasional baked good at the coffee shop or a slice of pumpkin pie at a holiday dinner is nothing to concern over (after all, treat yourself sometimes!). But, if you tend to rely on sugary foods for a quick energy fix, you may want to consider breaking the habit to help you achieve your health goals.
In my opinion, sugar has to be one of the most controversial topics in the nutrition and health field today. It has been associated as the cause of several different chronic diseases including diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, and positioned as the root of the so-called “obesity epidemic”. To complicate matters further, there is much confusion about what sugar actually is, and whether different types of sugar are less harmful to our health than others. In today’s blog post, we will discuss the difference between added vs naturally occurring sugars, which types of sugar you need to be mindful of in your diet, and how to know if you might be getting too much “added” sugar.
You’ve heard it over and over again… breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Some of us live hard to this mantra and never skip an AM meal, and for others, just the thought of eating something in the morning is a no-go. If you’re in the latter group, are you missing out on benefits or potentially causing harm to your health?