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NIKE: Find your greatness

Thank you Nike for this commercial. As a coach, I don't care about numbers on the scale or what size clothes you wear. I don't care about the jiggle and the wiggle and I don't care about what you think others think about you. As a RD, I don't care about what foods you think you shouldn't eat or what foods you think are bad. As a human being, I care about what you can accomplish in life. What I care about is making things happen and not making excuses. I don't care about the list of excuses, but's, if's and can'ts....I care about what you say you can do today to make for a better tomorrow. "Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing." -William Arthur Ward

Food for fuel - creations

This pic was from Tues...another 6:30am workout on the track. I'm absolutely LOVING the track but oh does it hurt-so-good. Even with a mile of warm-up and dynamic stretching, the first interval burns the very few fast-twitch fibers I have in my endurance body. But, the only way to get better is to train smarter...and with faster people. This gives me fitness and confidence for race day because I know when my body is forced to work - the mind is likely my only limiter. Jeff (Karel's boss) is a super strong athlete and we are about the same pace for the run. He is a great person to run with as he is very steady and smooth.  Karel is often in another time zone, so we just let him do his thing. I'm so excited for Saturday! Karel and I will be doing our first triathlon together - Jax Tri Series #3 . This will be Karel's first Olympic distance and my first triathlon since May (last Olympic in March). I am really enjoying this tri-journey together and as a coach,

The media and olympics - RD approved!

Interesting.  When our society has something like the Olympics to direct our attention to, all we hear about are inspiring stories, motivational performances and exciting moments in history. Although many people may be sitting more than normal (or being a little less productive at work and at home), there is no better time than now than to feel the itch to become something greater than you ever thought was possible. Did I mention, I LOVE the Olympics? I love bodies in motion! The interesting part is that there are hardly any commercials on food products, fast food or diets, aside from the notable sponsors like chobani, Coca-cola and subway (and a few alcohol ads which seem to be popping up the most). Right now the media is all about showing commercials involving the many Team USA athletes, who are inspiring spokespersons. The IOC tell us on their website that they aim “to control sponsorship programs to ensure that partnerships are compatible with the Olympic ideals”. But her

Eating "naturally" - it's not a diet fad

NATURAL You read it on a box of food and you hear people telling you to eat "naturally" but in terms of this blog post: Natural - listen and trust your body.  In looking at the performances of the Olympic athletes, it not hard to overlook the machine that powers great performances. Not sure about you, but I see strength. I don't see skinny. This is something that I strive for in my eating style and that I challenge my athletes (both coaching and nutrition) to consider when changing dietary habits. It's not about restriction or the freedom to eat whatever you want but rather, having a "prescription" as to how you eat, what you eat and why you a non-obessive, non-restrictive and balanced way. It's not about eating without limits or eating in a strict manner - it's all about prioritizing the nutrition around workouts (I call that "sport nutrition") and knowing what will make you feel energized and satisfied throughout the day, a

Smart with leftovers and frozen veggies

In case you missed my latest article from LAVA online, I hope you enjoy this article on Zinc and the yummy amaranth custard that I created to help boost your immune system (and recover from training). Plate not pills: ZINC Since I will be at the hospital all day on Monday, I thought I'd leave you with a few good reads that I have discovered via the facebook: Chariots of fries - McDonald's and the Olympics Olympic athletes and high calorie diets to support activity Strength training as a family affair The other day I had an athlete email me for suggestions on quick meals to eat on the go. Stop there, I thought to myself. As busy, active individuals, we often try to make our diet work for our lifestyle. But if you think about it, without proper intake of food and water, we would not be able to function very well in life. Often a disconnect as to how individuals view the diet. Perhaps, instead, we should address the priorities in life and why