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Tailwind Nutrition

Tailwind Nutrition

Introduction How often would you say that fueling and nutrition has impacted your race-day performance? 50%? 75%? Do you struggle finding the right things to eat and drink during a race? Like anyone else, I too have spent my fair share of time and money trying to figure out what combination of gels, chews, electrolytes […]

Water…Don’t Gel Without It

Water…Don’t Gel Without It

As trail and ultra trail runners we’ve all used energy gels at one time or another to help fuel our runs. In fact energy gels are the cornerstone for most trail runner’s long training runs and race day nutrition. But if you don’t use them correctly energy gels can cause dehydration and eventually gastric stasis. […]

Fighting Inflammation With Food

Fighting Inflammation With Food

Inflammation happens for a reason, it is actually part of the body’s immune response to certain stressors, designed to protect us from acute physical trauma, stress, allergens, and even fever.  Through remodeling, the body is able to adapt (become stronger and more fit) until too much stress overcomes the inflammation response, inviting injury or illness. […]

Quinoa

Quinoa

My new favorite “old” food! I’ve eaten quinoa on and off over the past few years, mostly off. But lately I’ve started experimenting and have turned quinoa into my go to food of choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Quinoa [KEEN-wah] is a gluten-free source of complete protein, dietary fiber, phosphorus, magnesium and iron. The […]

3 Plant-Based Power Meals for Runners

3 Plant-Based Power Meals for Runners

By Vanessa Runs When you’re physically active, you want to make sure you’re eating meals that are bursting in nutrients, easy to prepare, and taste delicious. As an ultra runner and nutritionist, these are my three secret weapons as far as packing some powerful nutrients into my training. 1. Vegan Pizza Who doesn’t love pizza? […]

Looking for Something a Little Different?

Looking for Something a Little Different?

Ultra-endurance athletes, even those looking for more natural alternatives, often look for something a little different. Over the course of a 6+ hour race flavor fatigue can easily set in. Aside from flavor fatigue, not everyone wants to rely on gels, chomps, sports drink, and beans. Here are a couple alternatives you could test in […]

5 Calcium Sources Better Than Milk

5 Calcium Sources Better Than Milk

By Vanessa Runs Many people associate calcium with strong bones, but for athletes and weekend warriors, calcium is also important for the healthy functioning of nerves and muscles. It fuels our activity. When most of us want to increase our calcium intake, we reach for a glass of milk. But for many people the lactose […]

A Summer Post-Workout Beverage Worth Considering

A Summer Post-Workout Beverage Worth Considering

The weather is warming up and hot weather running is well underway. Sure, we could drink sports drink to rehydrate and replace electrolytes after a workout, but there’s another option worth considering. It’s tomato juice. New research published in the Nutrition Journal points to tomato juice for having the potential to reduce stress related to […]

Electro Mix is an portable, inexpensive electrolyte replacement product.

Electro Mix is an portable, inexpensive electrolyte replacement product.

Endurance athletes are always looking for portable products to carry with them on long rides, runs and during events. It is vital to keep our body in balance and replace any electrolytes lost during exercise. I have found this awesome, portable product by Alacer Corp. called Electro Mix. It comes in individual packets for easy […]

Ever Get in a Vegetable Rut?

Ever Get in a Vegetable Rut?

Do you ever tire of the same old spinach salads and steamed broccoli? It’s easy to get in a vegetable rut. Try to not dismiss the many other vegetables that line the produce section. Parsnips are one of my favorites. They work great sautéed, roasted, mashed, or tossed into soups and stews. Why it works: […]