To eat or not to eat, before exercise?

Why do some people say you should always eat before exercise, yet others say it’s better to train in the fasted state? Both ideas might be right – depending on the context. This post will …

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Antioxidants for athletes: friend or foe?

If you’re a hard-training athlete who is even a bit curious about dietary supplements, it is likely that antioxidants (e.g. vitamin C, vitamin E, polyphenols, etc.) are something you may have wondered about. The logic …

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Building an Iron Gut – Part I. Causes of GI Distress

Imagine your perfect race. You’ve trained hard and went to sleep early for all those months. You have your Roka wetsuit, Zipp wheels, and a bike that is the triathlon-equivalent to the Batmobile. A beautiful …

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I did Ironman to become a better dietitian (and here’s what I found out)

  2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run. While doing a race like this would sound like a terrible idea to 99% of people, as a sports dietitian I work mainly with the …

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Nutrition from Winter to Spring (video)

Nutrition needs for athletes are greatly affected by things like temperature, humidity, altitude, and the length of the workout or race, as well as by the amount of time spent acclimating in a new environment. …

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Here’s why you need a nutrition plan for your next race

  “I’ll just eat when I’m hungry and drink when I’m thirsty.” This is the approach that many endurance athletes, at all levels, take with their fueling. While it may seem sensible at first, there …

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Forward Thinking (part 2)… The next steps in your strategic carb intake

This is the second installment of a series on how strategic manipulation of your carbohydrate intake can lead to better training adaptations, and in turn better performance. If you haven’t seen it yet, I would …

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Forward Thinking… Daily carbohydrate periodization for athletes (part 1)

Among the most interesting, exciting, and perhaps groundbreaking areas of sports nutrition over the past ten years or so has been the research looking at the strategic manipulation of carbohydrate intakes in order to maximize both …

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Female Sports Nutrition – lecture highlights

Many aspects of sports nutrition are the same for both males and females, but there are a few key differences that every athlete, coach, and health practitioner should be aware of. For example, ideal exercise …

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Tennis in the heat? You might be doing it wrong

Spending the day at a college tennis tournament reminded me not only how much of an effect the right choices can have on how we feel (and play) in the heat, but also how many …

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