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Should you snack between your meals?

Snacks often get a bad reputation because most people choose packaged snacks that are packed with sugar, salt and artificial ingredients, adding energy dense and nutrient poor calories to the daily diet. Additionally, it's easy to snack out of boredom and stress. But if you choose your food wisely, snacking can give you energy to survive the day, help stabilize blood sugar, decrease hunger and fill in nutritional (or energy) gaps. While reducing mindless, boredom snacking will reduce unwanted calories, going too long without eating may slow your metabolism – making it difficult to lose weight, particularly if that was your intention by not eating between meals - and may lead to overeating at your next meal.  Snack tips: Change up your snacks based on appetite, energy, mood and meal options.  Keep non-perishable snacks on hand for all situations (ex. meeting, traffic, errands) Snack with reason and purpose - hold you over until the next meal, fill in nutrient gaps or co

Recovery from a long-distance race

Being sore, exhausted and a little run-down after an endurance event is normal. And to be honest, I think many athletes enjoy the feeling that comes with racing in an endurance event as that post-race feeling signifies the effort that was needed to get from the start to the finish. You earned it! Although there is no one specific guideline, rule or method to speed up recovery after an endurance triathlon event, I feel it's important to walk you through some of the factors that contribute to 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 a long-distance triathlon 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 training