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Running & Weight Loss: A MUST Read!

runners connectThis is a must read article for all athletes, and especially girls and women. It is courtesy of RunnersConnect.net, a team of expert coaches and fellow runners dedicated to improving one’s training and racing through community motivation, social engagement, unparalleled knowledge, and proven training plans. (The founder/creator was a fellow Brown University cross country and track athlete!) Basically this is a BLOG / website that everyone should have in their back pocket…especially runners!!!!

Running and Weight Loss: An In-Depth Look at the

Relationship Between Exercise and Energy Balance

Last week, I introduced metabolism and described how body weight and resting metabolic rate (RMR) are connected. I also mentioned that there are three components to metabolism: resting metabolic rate, the thermic effect of food, and energy expended for physical activity.

In this article, we’ll shift from the metabolic process and focus on the physical activity portion of metabolism and discuss the ways in which exercise can affect energy balance.

Read the rest of the article here: http://runnersconnect.net/running-nutrition-articles/running-and-weight-loss-exercise-and-energy-balance/

Tips From Nutritional Health Coach Pamela Higgins

pam higginsMy friend Pamela Higgins is a health coach and writes a column for the Examiner. She’s had some great tips recently that I wanted to share. Enjoy and feel free to reach out to her directly at http://www.totalhealthcounseling.com.

Top 10 Tips to a Healthier You

Do you want to eat healthier but think it’s too complicated or means only eating salads? There are so many simple steps you can take to enhance your health. It starts by taking action today and jumping in for the challenge! You are worth it and wouldn’t it be wonderful to feel great and look fabulous, and have a healthy?

  1. Add creamy avocado slices to your burgers and sandwiches instead of mayo or fancy aioli (i.e. mayo) spreads.
  2. Skip the deep-fried french fries and order baked sweet potato instead or grilled veggies.
  3. Start the day with a big glass of water and squeeze a whole lemon or lime in the glass, this will hydrate and alkalize your body instantly! You’ll hydrate and get a boost of energy first thing in the morning!

Read on for tips 4 – 10 here: http://www.examiner.com/list/top-10-tips-to-a-healthier-you.

Classic Tasting Chocolate Chip Cookiescookie

Who doesn’t love a good homemade chocolate chip cookie? I <3 cookies but my body is so sensitive that I can’t eat the classic version made with butter and white flour. Good thing there are other ingredients that can make a cookie that’s just as divine without the belly ache. These have a good amount of protein from the chickpeas, I imagine you can use any bean you have on hand. Pinto beans would make a pretty pink shaded cookie. This makes a small batch. This is my version of Donielle’s Gluten Free, Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookie.

Find the recipe here: http://www.totalhealthcounseling.com/2013/classic-tasting-chocolate-chip-cookies/

 

 

Postrun Refreshments – And This Time I’m Not Talking Beer!

In all my years running – after finishing a run, hard workout or race, there were never many options. You could grab a water or an electrolyte-filled drink (i.e. Gatorade, Propel or Powerade). Sometimes I’d think of having a protein shake – if I was doing weights or a really strenuous track workout. So when I learned of athletes on the Spanish River High School Cross Country team running over to the local Publix supermarket post workout to grab a half gallon of chocolate milk and heard Coach Rothman approve, I was intrigued.

According to many experts, Chocolate Milk – with its combined protein, fat, and carbohydrates – may be one of the best post-workout refreshments. And apparently runners know! Following is a survey from Runners World of 5,000 respondents, which asked readers to list their favorite drinks to down after a race or hard workout. The responses were:

  • Water 31%
  • Chocolate milk 26%
  • Sports drinks 20%
  • Beer 15%
  • Other 5%
  • Juice 2%
  • Wine 1%

So getting back to choice #2 – Chocolate Milk…here are more reasons why:

For a high-endurance athlete, chocolate milk is described as a catch-all workout recovery drink. Compared to plain milk, water, or most sports drinks, chocolate milk has double the carbohydrate and protein content, perfect for replenishing tired muscles. Its high water content replaces fluids lost as sweat, preventing dehydration. Plus it packs a nutritional bonus of calcium, and includes just a little sodium and sugar — additives that help recovering athletes retain water and regain energy.

Downing a post-workout beverage chock-full of carbohydrates isn’t necessarily for the weekend, casual tennis player. A drink like chocolate milk is most useful to a cyclist, swimmer, or long-distance runner. These sports stress high endurance levels and constant, sustained movement. Competing athletes need high levels of calories, carbs, and protein to sustain that level of performance.

*Note that most of the research I’ve seen mentions Low-Fat or Non-Fat Chocolate Milk…

Benefits of chocolate milk:

Chocolate milk is also a source of other nutrients. For example,

  • Vitamin D and calcium in chocolate milk help build strong and healthy bones.
  • Calcium also helps muscles contract properly; aids in blood pressure management; may be helpful in losing body fat instead of muscle mass.
  • Riboflavin, which is a B vitamin found in milk, releases energy from protein, fats and carbs during metabolism.
  • Potassium helps with muscle contraction and aids in fluid and electrolyte balance.
  • When you exercise, you sweat. And when you sweat, you lose essential nutrients. But, you can replace all of these nutrients easily and for low cost. Drinking 16 ounces of low fat chocolate milk within an hour after working out will give you about 320 calories, 52 grams of carbohydrate, 16 grams of protein, and 5 grams of fat.

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Are You At The Right Racing Weight?

I recently read an advertisement for a new diet program and thought I had to share…

As a runner or athlete, you know that every extra pound you carry costs time, wastes energy, stresses your joints, and affects your performance.

And you know that “dieting” doesn’t help much, either. Diets only leave you feeling weaker by starving your body of vital energy and choking off the nutrients you need for muscle growth and training improvement.

What’s worse: With diets, you run the risk of undernourishing your body and losing muscle along with fat. So what’s the answer?

Burn off excess fat, get lean and finally get to your RACING weight.

The ad happens to be for a new book by a Triathlete selling his nutrition program…It goes on to ask, could 5 or 10 lbs be standing in the way of your personal best?

WELL, the book brings up a good question and something that’s important for all athletes and especially runners. In high school, prior to my junior year, I never thought about weight. As Coach Rothman said, do the workouts, eat well and the weight will be at what it needs to be. It seemed so easy then. Junior year, however, I started packing on the pounds. I was growing up you could say. All of a sudden, I found that I needed to pay attention to what I was eating. No more sharing pints of Ben & Jerry’s with one of my teammates in the local Publix parking lot after every long run. It was during the winter of my junior year – between cross country and track – that I got my eating schedule under control. I was on a nutritional program that told me what and when to eat. It was a perfect balance of carbs, protein, fats, etc. I was eating enough that I felt energetic, yet not too much so I kept my body lean. Later on the in the spring, I ended up winning the Florida 6A Track & Field 1600m and 3200m State Championships. So you could say the program worked.

But was it easy from there? No, I definitely went through phases again through my senior year and through college of eating too much again, and then eating too little. My energy was low and my races suffered; or I was carrying an extra few too many pounds and my races suffered. The balance is tough for a lot of us. I am the first to admit it, and that’s why a program that tells you what and when to eat has always been ideal for me. It ensures that I am not eating too much and that I am most importantly not restricting too much! It also allows me to live my life and not worry about what I am eating and if I had too little or too much. Because who wants to spend their life thinking about what’s next on the menu?

Now, 12 years later since that junior year of high school, I am back on a program and enjoying it once again. I am seeing the results and I am feeling good. If you or someone in your life needs that guidance, I recommend the AdvoCare program. It’s a complete nutritional and eating plan that keeps you on schedule and on target to be strong and lean. More details here.

Still not believing me? See some of the results!