While I am trying to manage my time between training for Kona, studying for the RD exam (which I plan to take near the end of next month), coaching/nutrition and giving myself a little free time (although, I am not sure I have found that yet), I am slowly developing a routine again and it feels absolutely wonderful. For the past 10 months, I have sacrificed a lot for my education and it was stressful and exciting, all at the same time.
For the past 3 years, however, my life has been consumed by all things "nutrition/dietetics" and I have welcomed so much fascinating and educational material with an open mind. I have developed a great philosophy for eating for fuel as a health-conscious, vegetarian, endurance athlete and I have been able to apply all my dietetic information to real life settings (with real athletes), thanks to my intensive 6 year education in exercise science and physiology. It is funny that in life, things often come full circle when we least expect them. So, as I end this chapter of my life, I welcome new opportunities, adventures and experiences. What an exciting summer this will be!
I always enjoy providing my blog readers with the latest in the world of nutrition and sport. I love knowing what's new before the rest of the world and the ADA TIMES (Spring 2011 issue) never disappoints.
Here are a few research briefs and industry news that may get you thinking...before the media starts telling you about them.
1) Cost of heart drugs leads to patients skipping pills - According to a study in the April issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, the cost of heart medications is one of the main reasons patients fail to take the drugs they're prescribed, putting themselves at greater risk of hospitalization and even death.
2) Dietary Omega-3 Fatty Acids Intake associated with reduced risk of age-related Macular degeneration - regular consumption of fish and omega-3 fatty acids found in fish is associated with a significantly reduced risk of developing age-related macular degeneration in women, according to a report posted online that will appear in the June Archives of Ophthalmology
3) Walnuts are top nut for heart-healthy antioxidants - Walnuts have almost twice as many- and more potent-antioxidants than any other nut, according to an analysis of nine different types of commonly consumed nuts (walnuts, almonds, peanuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, cashews, macadamias and pecans) presented in March at the American Chemical Society's National Meeting and Exposition.
4) Analysis explores levels of cancerous compounds in ready-to-eat meat products - A study published online Dec 23 in Meat Science examined eight types of ready-to-eat meat products to determine levels of heterocyclic amines, or carcinogenic compounds found that in meat that is fried, grilled or cooked at high temperatures. Focusing on beef-only hot dogs, beef/pork/turkey hot dogs, deli roast beef, deli ham, deli turkey, fully cooked bacon, pepperoni and rotisserie chicken, the study showed that pepperoni had the least HCA content, followed by hot dogs and deli meat. While fully cooked bacon and rotisserie chicken meat contained all five types of HCAs tested, the skin on rotisserie chicken had significantly higher HCA levels, perhaps because chicken skin contains more fat and protein and less moisture, and HCA levels tend to increase as moisture decreased, the researchers said.
5) Frito-Lay pledges natural ingredients - pepsiCo says half of Frito-Lay products will be made with "all natural" ingredients - specifying no artificial or synthetic substances, artificial flavors or artificial preservatives, or ingredients such as monosodium glutamate - by the end of 2012, including three of its biggest brands: Lays potato chips, Tostitos tortilla chips and SunChips multigrain snacks.
6) Commutes are most popular times for convenience stores - A.M. and P.M. commutes are a peak time for "super heavy" users of convenience stores, according to NPD Group's Convenience Store Monitor which tracks the purchasing behavior of more than 51,000 convenience store shoppers in the U.S. Super heavy users purchase coffee, carbonated soft drinks and newspapers or magazines in the morning and are more likely to purchase cigarettes or tobacco products, lottery tickets and alcoholic beverages in the evening. "Heavy" users tend to buy sweet snacks in the morning and cigarettes and alcohol in the evening. Dairy products also are popular with heavy shoppers.