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She looks like me - female athlete role models

Photo: @ingo_kutsche_photo When it comes to women in sport, having relatable role models is extremely important. Seeing is believing. When you see a female athlete achieving a goal and you can identify with her, you can believe that you too can also achieve the same things. You have to see it to be it.  Photo: Grant Halverson, Getty Images Many female athletes struggle with body image issues. In today's society, mainstream media has an unhealthy obsession with the "ideal" body type. Far too many athletes are bombarded with unrealistic images of how an athlete body should look. Thin arms, toned legs, firm butt, defined abs. Constant exposure to an idealized body type can lead to lower self-esteem and eating disorders.  As a sport dietitian, tri coach and accomplished triathlete, I use my platform to empower women of all body shapes, sizes and types to feel comfortable in their bodies. My hope is that commentators, media, coaches and the athletic population as a whole can b
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Our COVID experience - a detailed recap

I started this blog post on September 10th but hesitated to publish it before our trip to Utah. At the time, I was still feeling rundown from COVID. And with a lot of pre-race nerves, emotions, thoughts and feelings, I didn't want to put anything into the universe that I wasn't feeling my normal self. Looking back, I am really surprised that Karel and myself were able to perform like we did despite overcoming COVID just a few weeks from the race. And I feel we were a bit overzealous asking our body to perform (again) just a week later at the Xterra event in Snow Basin. Although we were able to complete two epic events in the span of 7-days, the dry air, altitude, residual covid symptoms and overall fatigue and soreness really caught up to us. We were both absolutely smashed for a few days after returning home from Utah. I have really struggled since my last two races - both physically and mentally.  After three weeks, I am finally feeling more like myself. Karel recovered a lit

Do you have a carbohydrate phobia?

Some people are afraid of heights. Some are afraid of snakes and spiders.  Considering the prevalence of disordered eating in endurance athletes, it wouldn't be surprising to hear that many athletes are afraid of carbohydrates.  Although the presence of a piece of bread may not produce the same physical symptoms as being confined in a tight or crowded space, it's not uncommon for athletes, fitness enthusiasts and chronic dieters to experience similar thoughts, feelings and physical sensations - like guilt, anxiety, panic, fear and worry - when it comes to carbohydrates.  Primarily due to the diet industry and popular media, many athletes have irrationally demonized carbohydrates - despite plenty of good research and evidence that carbohydrates play an important role in optimal health. Not only are carbohydrates essential for athletes but regular consumption of wholesome complex carbohydrates (such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, potatoes, beans and lentils) can help with s

Objectifying the female athlete body

I've had something weighing on my mind for the past few days and I felt like today - International Day of The Girl Child - was the right time to share my thoughts.  I'm very passionate about helping females develop a positive body image - especially female athletes. I've got a long way to go but I refuse to give up. There is no escaping the fact that female athletes are objectified. Female athletes do not deserve to be judged, shamed and sexualized. A female athlete's looks should not override the celebration of her athletic ability.  Far too many girls (and women) feel they can't be happy and accepted because they don't have an "ideal" body. Females have learned to see themselves as a collection of body parts - stomach, butt, breasts, legs, thigh, arms - none of which relates to who they are as a human being or what they have to offer as people. The media has brainwashed our perception of beauty. It's becoming increasingly difficult to raise healt

Happy 14th Birthday Campy!

                                        It's a special day. It's Campy's 14th birthday. I cherish every extra year that we have with him and I never take a day for granted.  We adopted Campy in 2008. We were in no position to become dog owners but a series of events brought Campy into our life. Since day one, Campy has given me unconditional love, support, meaning and joy to my life. Although he can be overly judgmental and mistrustful of strangers, he's incredibly loyal. Even though he is fully dependent on us, I depend on him. On our worst days, he is always there to give support, to lick off falling tears and to cuddle through sadness and heartache.  Campy is not moving as fast as he used to. His golden fur has turned white. He recently lost his hearing and he enjoys sleeping much more than he did during his younger years. But he hasn't lost his spark. He is still overly protective of me, he is always up for a long walk, road trip or adventure and he loves to sho