Are You An Endurance Athlete With Overtraining or Adrenal Fatigue?

Recently, a very “beat up” triathlete showed me the results of his saliva testing for hormones. They were really low. Even cortisol was low. Cortisol is the stress-release hormone we churn out when exercising and living, and when that drops low, it’s a real warning sign that you’re so beat up that your adrenal glands…

What’s the Beet Deal?

Beets have become the “it” vegetable over the past few years as the primary ingredient in Nitric Oxide supplements. Beetroot (BR) juice provides nitrate which converts to nitrite then nitric oxide (NO). …

Raw or Cooked: What’s to Gain or Lose?

There are limitless ways to organize or change your diet depending on your goals: weight loss, performance, improved health, animal welfare, or managing side effects from medications. This is why it can be overwhelming and difficult to know what eating plan is best for you at a specific point in time. Trying to implement too…

TriDiet: Triathlon Nutrition for Peak Performance

As a sports nutritionist I am often asked, “What should I eat to compete at my best?” The answer to this is complicated and depends upon several factors, including: 1. Type of training activity (i.e. endurance vs. power) 2. Duration of activity 3. Stage of training and/or intensity of training (i.e. off or in-season, rest…

5 Tips for Nutrition Renewal

Happy New Year! Its that joyful time of year when we have finally gotten through November and December when the hectic life of the holidays forced us to diverge from our usually well controlled routines of eating and exercise, and now we can refocus to our normal routine. Often clients ask me about revamping their…

Nutrition Plan: Test Drive In The Off-Season

Nutrition is considered the fourth discipline of triathlon or maybe the 5th with recovery as the 4th. Either way you look at it nutrition and specifically nutrition planning is key to a successful training cycle as well as a race result you will be happy with. When I started training and racing triathlon I was…

Conquer the Holiday Food Trap!

Research tells us that most people gain weight during the holiday season. There has been much debate over just how much weight people gain during the holiday season. Most experts will tell you that the average American tends to gain one to ten pounds from Thanksgiving to New Years Day. Triathletes, however, are not the…

Born From Research: Interview with First Endurance

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Robert Kunz, VP of Science & Technology and co-founder of top nutrition company First Endurance. I personally learned a ton from this interview, and I’m excited to share it. In short, I was extremely impressed… my first order is on the way. What’s the history of…

Is a Calorie a Calorie?

In a blog post on my website earlier this week, I taught how to count your calories and log your diet the right way. But it’s important to realize that especially for triathletes, it’s the nutrient density and quality of your food that truly matters – not the calorie content. But wait – a calorie…

Diet: Vegan, Paleo, Fruititarian, Carnivore, Vegetarian: WTF?

Diet is a word that can get a bad rap and yet it is used all the time to defend ones lifestyle. Vegan is a lifestyle not a diet. Paleo is a lifestyle not a diet. Fruititarian is a lifestyle not a diet. Stop me if you have heard all of these saying before and…

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