Choosing the Right Fluids Post-Exercise

Hydration is critical to athletic performance – dehydration is one of the most common reasons for early fatigue during exercise. It takes as little as losing 2 % of your body weight for the performance to suffer. Fluids such as coconut water, chocolate milk, sports drinks and plain ol water have been featured for recovery post-exercise. What type of fluid should we be drinking and when?

Investigating ‘Immunity Boosting’ Claims

 

“If you want to help support your immune system, crack open this bottle.”
– Vitamin Water Defence (Vitamin C+Zinc)

“The zinc helps to maintain immune system and function.”
-Centrum ProNutrients Immunity

” Vitamin A maintains resistance to infection”
-Swiss Natural Vitamin A Capsules

What Makes You Move? Motivation for Exercising

Yesterday while driving home after working a very long day, I could not think of anything else I’d rather do than blow off some steam at the gym. Yes I was tired, but I felt like going for a hard run would make my day complete.  I started to ponder what my strongest motivators were for wanting to exercise. This then lead to a spiral of thoughts about motivation and physical activity.

The Alkaline Diet – The pH Miracle?

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Hollywood loves this diet. Otherwise known as the alkaline ash diet or alkaline acid diet – it is claimed that it can help you lose weight and avoid conditions like arthritis and cancer. The theory is that some foods, like meat, wheat, refined sugar, and processed foods, cause your body to produce acid, which is bad for you. Is there truth to this?

Sweet Potato Pita Pizza with Kale

sweet potato pizzaThis combination is fantastic! On a whole wheat greek pita, I used a creamy sweet potato base  instead of tomato sauce and topped it off with some caramelized onion, kale and mozzarella cheese! A very inexpensive, quick and healthy vegetarian recipe! If you’re cooking for one person, make four at a time and use it for lunches that week or freeze for later.

Allowing Room for Unhealthy Choices

80-20-principle As an RD, I have received various forms of judgement and pre-conceived notions about my lifestyle and eating habits. “I bet you don’t eat that.” “How do you eat that and stay thin?” “Don’t judge me for eating these chips – I had a craving.” The truth is that I don’t have a perfect diet. I have a sweet tooth, I eat out, and even indulge in ‘junk food’ when I’m out such as pizza. Do I feel guilty about indulging in sweets and junk food? Not one bit. Why? I follow the 80/20 rule.