Depending on the distance of you next event, carb loading may be beneficial.Read More
You can't out train a bad diet! Good nutrition is key to your performance.
There is so much media attention around low carbohydrate diets at the moment; it’s hard to decipher what is fact and what is fiction. Low-carbohydrate diets are not a new dietary concept by any means, yet they have made a popular comeback with claims of rapid weight loss and other health benefits. A quick Google search pulls over 2 million results in 0.3 seconds! Let’s have a look at some of the evidence and find some clarity around the concept…Read More
Caffeine is a widely used, socially acceptable stimulant. It is found naturally in the leaves, beans and fruits of a variety of plants. The most common dietary sources of caffeine include tea, coffee, cola, energy drinks, chocolate and supplemented sports foods like gels and shots.Read More
In the previous article we discussed what Iron is and its role within our body. Our bodies are remarkable and through the activity of the iron-regulatory hormone hepcidin, we are able to regulate our iron stores in order to maintain a ‘healthy balance’. Well I guess this is what our bodies are aiming for most days, but with our rigorous training regimes and other work and daily activities we do make this a bit of a challenge for our bodies to achieve. So we need an action plan we can refer to that can help us minimise the impact that exercise may be having on our iron levels.Read More
The Ironman is probably one of the most well-known triathlon events and considered the ultimate test of one’s endurance capacity. Ironically though, the name ‘Iron’man also identifies one of the key elements in the body, which is used to enhance your endurance capacity.Read More
What the heck is a Sports Dietitian and how can they help you?
In a world where nutrition information is freely accessible online and anyone can call themselves a nutrition expert (*face palm), how do you separate fact from fiction and know who to trust when it comes to nutrition advice? If one more person tells me they have cut out milk because it contains too much “sugar” I’m going to lose it!
It is well established that carbohydrate during exercise can improve performance. But how do you know what sessions to fuel? Well…it depends. It depends on two main factors; the duration and intensity.
So you’re about to tackle your first sprint distance triathlon (yay!)- have you given any thought to what your nutrition plan for the event will be? Developing a personalised race nutrition plan includes what you’ll eat for breakfast that morning, hydration heading into race start and also what nutrition you’ll take on board during the event. Everyone is different, what works for your bestie may not work for you, that’s why it is worth thinking about and practicing during training.Read More