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Happy Earth Day!

  Every Day is Earth Day. Our oceans are in a critical state, wildlife populations are declining and dangerous weather conditions are becoming more frequent and severe. Mother Earth is struggling. Humanity is destroying the planet. With all she gives us every day, she deserves a lot of love, care and respect. There are many simple things we can do each day to save the environment. Even the smallest of things can make a big difference. We all need to fulfill our responsibilities and make the effort to protect mother Earth. Remember - this is the only planet where life is possible. Our well-being depends entirely on this planet. It is our responsibility to take care of it.

Don't settle for the easy route

  There are no shortcuts in life. When I decided to become a Registered Dietitian, I knew it would be a long, costly and demanding endeavor. I could have settled for a nutrition certification but not matter how many certifications I received and no matter how many articles I read, nothing would give me the education, experience and professionalism of becoming a Registered Dietitian. In today's society, there appears to be a shortcut for almost anything. Overnight, you can practically buy, become or be anything you want. But sadly, shortcuts don't get you very far. Rather than moving fast, you get stuck. Even worse, cutting corners gets you off track. In a society that worships speed, we must not forget that the journey (or experience) is what matters. Invest time, money and effort into yourself. If you have a goal or there's something important in your life that you want to achieve/experience, there's no magic formula. The tips are simple. Establish a short and long-ter

Compelling evidence that you are overtraining

Training for an endurance or ultra endurance event is similar to a dose-response assessment.  The goal of this type of scientific test is to determine the required dose to produce a specific outcome (or response). Sadly, when it comes to endurance athletes, far too many athletes are doing work without eliciting a positive or beneficial response.  As it relates to training, the right amount of stress can produce significant fitness gains but too much stress results in high risk of injury, sickness, overtraining and burnout. Not enough stress is simply exercising and doesn't induce favorable change in physiology for race readiness. Training stress shouldn't be associated just with weekly volume as the athlete training 8 hours a week can be as vulnerable to overtraining as the athlete training 20 hours a week.  So why is it that so many endurance and ultra endurance athletes are training so much and so hard but struggling with recovery, body composition, health issues and/or perfo