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Sport Nutrition product review - Base Real Bars

Base Performance Boulder, CO About the Company from the website: Base Performance provides premiere nutritional supplements for endurance athletes. They have developed a unique and simple system with a variety of products for endurance athletes to improve performance, gain lean muscle, increase endurance and enhance recovery. Athletes know the value and importance of base training. The theory behind BASE Performance is no different. Having a strong base nutritionally will allow athletes to maintain a healthy body so that they can train, adapt and get stronger so that they can perform at their best. BASE Performance is nutrition for athletes of all abilities striving to accomplish their goals, live healthy lives, and achieve greatness. Product Reviewed: Base Energy Bars Real Bars (5 flavors) Fudge Brownie -Cocoa / Chia / Dates / Quinoa / Honey Almond Peanut - Peanuts / Almonds / Honey / Oats Peanut Butter / Dates / Quinoa /

The Celiac Athlete - nutritional needs

Picture source For any athlete with Celiac disease, it may feel overwhelming to meet daily and athletic nutritional needs with a gluten-free diet. But just because you have Celiac disease, your diet doesn't have to adversely affect performance or sabotage health IF you plan appropriately. As a Celiac athlete, you should not feel embarrassed or frustrated with your dietary situation. With proper education and guidance, you can stay healthy and optimize performance to meet your athletic goals.  In the May 2018 issue of Triathlete, you can check out my latest case study article. I featured a Celiac triathlete that I worked with and his struggles relating to meeting his nutrition and energy needs while training for long-distance triathlon events and what we changed to help him find athletic success in training and on race day.  Here are a few tips for the Celiac athlete:  Read ingredient labels and avoid cross-contamination. When it doubt, go without.  Stick with your

Are you a durable athlete?

While watching the 2018 Boston marathon, I couldn't help but think about the resiliency and durability of the top athletes - especially the winners, Des Linden and Yuki Kawauchi who remarkably embraced the wind, cold and rain while covering 26.2 miles. For both, this wasn't their fastest marathon attempt but rather, success came from being durable and resilient. For any endurance athlete, there is great risk for injury and fatigue while training for an event lasting 90+ minutes. Certainly, every athlete training for an endurance event hopes to get to the starting line feeling fit, strong and healthy but not always does this happen. Sadly, far too many endurance fail to get to the starting line of their upcoming event due to injury or a health issue and if they do arrive, the body is weak, fragile and broken down. Because endurance sports are addicting, it's common for athletes to continue this cycle of never fully rebuilding or strengthening the body and to constantly

Should you go Keto?

It seems like every week we hear of an endurance athlete thriving on a ketogenic diet. While advocates boast about endless energy, bonk-free training/racing and rapid weight loss, there are several limitations beyond strict dietary compliance, bad breath and digestive issues. What is Ketosis? Under normal physiological conditions, glucose is the primary energy source of the brain. When dietary carbohydrates are restricted and insulin drops, the body becomes stressed and requires an alternative energy source to maintain normal brain cell metabolism. Fatty acids are subsequently mobilized and broken down in the liver to produce ketones. The liver then releases ketone bodies into the bloodstream where they travel to the brain to be used as the new fuel source. Although the ketogenic diet was originally developed as a drug-free way to treat epilepsy, athletes are now voluntarily putting the body into a state of ketosis in order to oxidize fatty acids and use ketones for energy. To

How to bounce back from a long-distance race

In just a few weeks, Karel and I will be traveling to St George to race IM 70.3 St. George for the 2nd year in a row. Unlike IM 70.3 FL, this race will be slower in time as it comes with a lot of terrain and weather challenges. We enjoy challenging and beautiful courses and this one doesn't disappoint.  Although there is no one specific guideline, rule or method to speed the recovery after an endurance triathlon event, I feel it's important to walk you through some of the factors that contribute to your recovery time after an endurance event, some of the mistakes that athletes make when recovering from an endurance event and a few strategies to help you get back to good health after an endurance event. Why is recovery important?  In training for an event, we welcome (and need) intentional and residual training stress for proper peaking and then we need to provide the body with a taper, in order to reduce the psychological and physiological stressors of consistent trai