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25-May-15

Runner Beans

Do you eat meat? Does the thought of going meat free bring you out in the proverbial ‘meat’ sweats? Contrary to what you may be thinking, you don’t need to be vegetarian to choose meat free options so this week’s food for thought is how opting for the occasional meat free meal can not only be delicious and nutritious but benefit your health, bank balance and even the planet too.

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08-May-15

The latest H2O flooding our shelves…

Left to fend for yourself on a desert island, your first priority is to find water, although going by the latest series of The Island with Bear Grylls perhaps not. Needless to say, you’ll die from thirst well before wasting away so I think we can all agree, meeting your fluid needs is essential for life.

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24-Apr-15

What’s so Super about “Superfoods”?

What do you think about kale smoothies, should I use cacao over cocoa and what exactly is maca powder? Answering nutrition queries is part and parcel of my daily dietician duties but increasingly these foodie requests are about specific self proclaimed “superfoods”.

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07-Apr-15

Running from the runs

If you’ve ever found yourself out on a run, seeking out the nearest toilet rather than the next checkpoint, you’re not alone. Gastrointestinal (GI) issues affect a significant number of runners, which is not only distressing but can put an end to a race before it’s even begun. So why are some affected more than others and what can you do about it?

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18-Mar-15

Food to go

Food, whatever your relationship, is one thing we all have in common. In the world of ultra running, food can take on a whole new meaning with some ultras more infamous for their catering than for their route and race set up itself. I’ve even heard runners describe ultras as food fests, so how important is eating on the go and what should your running menu look like?

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23-Feb-15

Ancestral Alimentation

No longer a thing of the past, eating as our Palaeolithic ancestors once ate is the latest diet fad to hit our shelves. Its popularity is evident; go into any bookshop and you’ll find an array of Paleo diet books on sale, perhaps preferable to wading through the 2,617 downloads available for your Kindle. So what is a Paleo diet and what does it mean for runners?

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10-Feb-15

Going against the Grain

Once a staple part of our diets, our daily bread is increasingly being vetoed, all because it contains gluten. Gluten free diets at one time were purely reserved for those with diagnosed Coeliac disease and no-one in their right mind would have chosen to follow such a diet back in the day. Skip forward 10 years and you can now find a whole aisle dedicated to gluten free products so what exactly is gluten and should you be going gluten free?

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19-Jan-15

Run to the beet

Unlike the usual beats you may be used to running to, many are turning to the purple delights of beetroot juice to help spur them on their way. This may seem quite an obscure dietary practice but it’s the nitrates, which beetroots have an abundance of, that seem to help you run harder for longer.  So what are nitrates and how might they help your running?

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05-Jan-15

Is your immunity larder well stocked?

Warding off those winter colds, flu (self-proclaimed manflu included) or even the dreaded norovirus may seem like a futile effort at this time of year but despite this, many of you will be taking a multitude of nutritional supplements, in belief or hope they’ll keep you lurgy free, whilst debating whether you should run that 40miler at the weekend when you’re full of cold.

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15-Dec-14

Um Bungo: What to eat and drink when humidity is all around

Ultra running is becoming increasingly popular and as such races are cropping up all over the world, each with their own unique challenges. Jungle ultras are no different and with the Costa Rican Coastal Challenge next month, here we explore the nutritional challenges you’ll likely face along the way.

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