Nutrition

Antioxidants for the Athlete

16.06.2015
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Antioxidants for the Athlete

How are antioxidants linked to performance? Physical activity brings on oxidative stress and tissue damage. Too much of this can have a negative impact on performance. Antioxidants can be helpful in reducing tissue damage and aid in post-workout recovery. A diet rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory food is recommended for all athletes, but don’t go overboard. Moderation is key! The form in which you take antioxidants also makes a difference.

It is best to get antioxidants in the form of whole foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and […]

Dessert Anyone? Satisfy your Sweet Tooth

15.06.2015
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My favorite meal of the day: dessert. As soon as nighttime rolls around, I want to curl up on the sofa with a bowl of ice cream and settle in to watch my favorite TV show. My idea of a fun Sunday afternoon is whipping up a new brownie recipe or grabbing Italian ice with my friends. While it’s important to limit my refined sugar intake, there’s no way I’ll be able to completely cut out dessert. Luckily, I’ve discovered ways to satisfy my sweet tooth without all the guilt. Check out the swaps you can […]

5 Tips to Keep You Running toward Weight Loss

10.06.2015
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5 Tips to Keep You Running toward Weight Loss

Are you a runner hoping to lose weight this summer? Check out these tips to get you started and keep you going! Running can be as relaxing or intense as you make it, depending on your exercise goals. Along with running, hydration is important especially in the summer months. Eating a balanced diet and timing meals and snacks with runs are vital for muscle recovery.

Below are 5 tips that have helped runners with weight loss

1. Keep a Food Journal or Logging in a Meal Tracker app

Runners […]

Benefits of Sugar for Performance

2.06.2015
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Disclosure: As part of my ongoing work with the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, this post is sponsored.

Have you seen these hysterical “Sweat It to Get It” Gatorade videos with Peyton Manning and Cam Newton? Not only do they crack me up, I love the messages in this campaign… Gatorade Thirst Quencher is intended for athletes that sweat for at least an hour.

For the past 5 decades, Gatorade has made athletic performance a priority, formulating its products based on research conducted by the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) or supported by a body of published literature.

With all the […]

Eating at the Office: Recipes & Quick Tips

1.06.2015
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The refrigerator at your office is pretty predictable: soggy salads, sloppy peanut butter & jellies, and a few scattered cups of yogurt. There’s probably a box of donuts on the break-room counter, and a bowl of candy at a desk that you find yourself at all too often. But who said eating at the office had to be so boring, not to mention unhealthy? Despite early mornings and busy work days, it is still possible to eat nutritious and tasty meals while at work. These tips and recipes will make your lunch break more exciting than ever!

Fueled by Plants

15.05.2015
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“Aren’t you tired all the time? Is that safe? How do you have enough energy to work out? So like, where do you get your protein?” If I had a nickel for every time somebody asked me the protein question…I could solve world hunger.

Being vegan, a lot of people openly express their concerns about whether I’m getting enough nutrients. Believe it or not, there is not one nutrient that comes from an animal that you can’t get from plants. They provide us with everything we need and more.

In terms of energy, I have tons […]

Top 5 Nutrition Tips for Successful Weight Loss

12.05.2015
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Are you a fitness enthusiast looking to shed a few pounds and tone up for the summer? Or do you find yourself frustrated with all the food temptations that lurk around the office while you’re trying to lose weight? Wherever you are in your health journey, these nutrition tips are tried and true and sure to get you on the right track.

1. Keep Food Log. Knowing what and how much you put in your body is key to successful weight loss. This step is often needed to become mindful and understand your food choices. Whether you […]

National Blood Pressure Month

8.05.2015
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May is National Blood Pressure Month—a topic that I feel should be addressed. According to the American Heart Association, 80 million adults have high blood pressure in the U.S. That is a ridiculously high number! Having high blood pressure should not be a “common” thing we eventually, inevitably get. It’s extremely risky and dangerous—it’s time to get it together people!

Having high blood pressure increases your chances of having overstretched and injured arterial walls, having a heart attack, stroke, heart failure, kidney failure, peripheral vascular disease, and reduces the supply of oxygen-rich blood to […]

5 Reasons to Love Avocados

1.05.2015
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Avocados! Where does one even begin to describe such an amazing fruit? This is definitely a staple in my diet and I am so excited that avocado season is officially here! To celebrate, I’ve narrowed down my love for them into 5 reasons (harder than you think).

Loaded with healthy fats

Avocados are a great source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, both of which improve and regulate cell and hormone function and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Increases nutrient absorption from plant based sources

Many antioxidants and vitamins obtained from fruits and veggies are […]

Mushroom Marvel

16.04.2015
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As obsessed as I am with the texture and taste, there is one thing that trumps them both, my absolute favorite thing about mushrooms: they are the only vegan, plant-based, unfortified source of vitamin D!
There seems to be a national day for just about every food out there, and today happens to be National Mushroom Day! I am personally very excited because mushrooms are one of my favorite plants to eat. I used to hate them…like, absolutely hate them but now I loveee them. I’ve read (and experienced) that transitioning to a clean, plant-based diet […]