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Right Stuff and Food Porn

Since another issue of Nutrition Action Healthletter just arrived in my mail, I had to immediately flip to the back to read my favorite section "Right Stuff. Food Porn" Enjoy the following directly from the magazine (back page). Muesli Marvel "Originally developed in the late 1800s by a Swiss nutritionist, Muesli is a delightful cereal made from a blend of whole grains, dried fruits, nuts and seeds," explains the label of Bob's Red Mill Old Country Style Muesli . Delightful is right, whether you microwave or boil it for 3-5 minutes with milk or water to make a hearty hot cereal, or you just stir it into your milk or yogurt cold. Either ways, you've got a bowl of "whole grain rolled oats, wheat, rye, triticale and barely, along with sweet and chewy dates and raisins, sunflower seeds, almonds and walnuts for a high energy Muesli," according to the label. Okay. Forget that last part. When a label talks about "energy," it means "calorie

A diet to reduce risk for injuries and inflammation

According to the Wall Street Journal (11/1/11), of the 60,000 runners who registered for the NY Marathon, around 45,000 will show up on race day. On the ING NYC marathon website, 47,438 athletes started, 46,795 athletes finished the 26.2 mile event. "An obsession with fulfilling training regimens may prompt some runners to drop out of races they could easily finish" - The Wall Street Journal. As an ...athlete and coach, one thing I have learned over the years is that I receive little gratification of trying to finish a race with an injury. I believe that racing (or participating) in an event should be based on training. Therefore, if you are unable to put your training to good use, what's the point of "getting through it". Is a medal or t-shirt more important than your health? I believe that the body should be respected and if you are injured, do not make the body perform if it is screaming at you to recover. In order to not risk a deeper/more serious injury, re

Feta and pear salad, mushroom pilaf & staying hydrated in the winter

Although the weather is a bit on the warm side for running in November, we welcomed a few chilly days here in Florida last week...which made for great workouts and yummy meals. To warm our insides, I made a colorful and comforting meal to cover all my taste buds. I am to eat 3 servings of whole grains a day, spread out at each meal (or snacks). For dinner, I made a beautiful salad and decided to complement the meal with a side of whole grain brown rice. I made my own pilaf and it came out amazing! Enjoy! Feta and Pear salad Spinach Kale Pear Feta cheese Tomato Onion Carrots Broccoli Hard boiled egg Dressing- balsamic Mushroom Pilaf Brown rice (or your favorite whole grain) Mushrooms Corn Garlic 1. Cook mushrooms on a non stick skillet in a little olive oil on medium heat, until lightly brown. 2. Cook brown rice and serve 1/4 cup into small bowel. 3. Add a few mushrooms and a little cooked corn and top with chopped garlic. 4. Mix well and enjoy! 5. Optional: for a little kick, add a lit

My first WIN and 2 PR's!

This is my "why".... Ellie is the reason why I love, respect, appreciate and honor my body. Ellie is 89 years old and I had the privilege of "racing" with her on Saturday the 12th, 2011 at the Run for Rotary in Holiday, Fl. Ellie participated in the 5K and finished in 1 hour and 6 minutes. Although she placed second to a 75 year old who finished in 47:37, Ellie is my "why". Understanding that it is necessary to exercise for longevity, heart health, weight control and stress relief, I find it fantastic that "triathlons" are my lifestyle. I have a clear intention when it comes to training for a race. I do not "train" for weight loss or burning calories. I do not associate training with being able to "reward" myself for something sweet nor do I feel as if I need to be strict in my diet because I am an athlete. I find beauty in the food that I eat and I am so passionate about moving, using and nourishing my body because I do it al

Monday product review - power meter

Now a day, it is super easy to get the itch to sign up for a race distance, longer than what appears "easy". Perhaps you have done a 5K or 10K or a sprint triathlon and are ready to make the leap to register for a long-distance event. Whether you are seeking an Ironman distance triathlon or marathon, or perhaps even an olympic distance tri or half marathon, it is really easy to get caught up in the "mileage" and loose sight on all of the other areas (nutrition, sleep, sports nutrition, stress management, strength training, mental toughness, support from others, periodized training, etc.) that contribute to consistent training and a great race day performance. It is also important to address the topic of training versus exercise and to not overlook the importance of properly fueling before, during and after training in order to experience optimal performance gains. For once you transition into athlete training for an event (from individual exercising for weight manag