How are you doing? No really?
Can you think of one positive thing that’s happened in your life as a result of Covid-19?
For me, it’s meant my husband now works from home pretty much full time. This means that he’s so much more involved in the day-to-day running of our household and our family which has been awesome.
Let me know in the comments below what positive thing has happened in your life?
Today I also helped Chris with meeting his protein, iron and B12 needs after stomach surgery.
And also Nella with a simple strategy to help maintain her weight with a huge reduction in training load post-injury.
Watch the replay to join the conversation. See you same time, same place next week!
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Coffee & Questions
Today we had some great questions that I answered live for you:
Tiredness and what could be the answer?
A calorie deficit that’s not causing weight loss
Foods to boost recovery from being sick with a cold (thanks daycare)
Anti-inflammatory foods for sore joints from an old retired athletes perspective (her words! )
Issues to solve cramping in the legs during 4-6hour long rides
Catch the replay for the goods or read the transcript below...
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Alright! Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Questions! I've got my cycling kit on this morning because I am about to or trying to do...
My Top Tips for how to Lose weight and still maintain energy levels through ironman training - without affecting performance
Good morning everyone! Welcome to Coffee and Question! So I had a couple of weeks break there because my voice failed me, it’s still feeling pretty scratchy. So I'll see how it goes today, see if it holds up for me. But I'm sorry about the delay, a bit late – the internet is not working this morning and a bit of carnage going on in our house as well.
I’m definitely a bit...
Today on coffee & questions I answered Shane & Bec's questions on alcohol and its place in the week when it comes to exercise and performance.
Can I have a drink after my race?
Is there a way to be sensible with alcohol intake?
What effects does alcohol have on exercise performance?
I'm not here to say don't ever drink but from the perspective of a dietitian... Alcohol is a toxin.
We don't store it anywhere - it gets processed in the liver and burnt off in preference to anything else as we try and get rid of it out of the body
It's used as a social lubricant and is a socially acceptable toxin
My advice will differ depending on who you are and what your overall goals are. Find a balance between drinking and exercise performance depending on who you are and what your goals are
Alcohol equals energy - calories or kilojoules
Alcohol = 29kJ/gram
It also depends on what calories you're drinking it with - e.g. soda water or full-fat coke
Today on Coffee & Questions I answered a great question - How do you Carbohydrate Load?
Watch the replay for all of the gold nuggets, or read the quick summary below.
I've been up to my eyeballs in Carb Loading plans recently with everyone doing Cairns 70.3 or Ironman this weekend. A common theme is that nobody has known how to do it properly
Where you load or store more carbohydrate in our muscles - muscle glycogen
Just like you fill up your car with petrol, you can fill up your fuel tank (glycogen)
This process takes time - 24-48hours
So eating a pasta meal the night before is not going to be particularly useful. 1. it's not enough carbohydrate and 2. the timing...
Today on Coffee & Questions I answered your question - Is caffeine good for endurance performance?
Where can you find it?
Is there evidence for the use of caffeine?
What are the effects of caffeine?
How much do you need to take? More is not better
Below is a brief summary but please watch the replay to get all of the gold nuggets on caffeine use!
Caffeine is a widely used, socially acceptable stimulant.
Find it in tea, coffee, cola, energy drinks, chocolate and supplemented sports foods like gels and bloks/chews.
Here are some examples:
There is a solid body of evidence that supports caffeine use to enhance endurance exercise performance, with studies dating back to the 1970s.
It was removed from the WADA doping list back in 2004
In the AIS supplement framework, it is a group A supplement with evidence-based protocols
Major benefits achieved...
With Cairns Ironman just around the corner, I’m deep into writing race nutrition plans for our athletes. This morning on Coffee & Questions I wanted to share with you some strategies to assist with training and racing in the heat.
One of the biggest impacts of heat exposure when exercising is its effects on the gut. This is exacerbated when our core temperature gets >39°C
All of this happens with exercise – the longer and more intense – the worse it is. And it is...
Today on Coffee & Questions I explain what the heck a sports dietitian actually is?
And why I get offended and will always correct you when you call me a nutritionist .
There is so much confusion around the titles so I want to explain what the difference is between a Nutritionist, Dietitian and Sports Dietitian and show you some quick and easy ways to check you're getting your nutrition advice from someone that's qualified to be providing it.
Because you don't go to an Optometrist for a sore foot or your cardiac surgeon for a runny nose...
So it makes sense to get your nutrition advice from a qualified Dietitian right?
Australia currently does not regulate the professional titles ‘nutritionist’ or ‘dietitian’, leaving a wide market for misinformation if you don't do your own research.
The media also tends to use the two terms interchangeably, making distinctions between qualifications increasingly difficult. And only causing more confusion
Today on Coffee & Questions I answered Maggie's question on RED-S
"I Currently have RED-S for the second time while marathon training - is this something I'm prone to?"
The syndrome refers to impaired physiological function including, but not limited to:
caused by relative energy deficiency - either by inadequate energy intake and/or increased energy expenditure
We need energy to support:
Daily function, growth and exercise. The body fuels exercise first - so if you're not eating enough to support training, you don't have enough energy to support daily function and this can have long term impact on our health.
RED-S is a continuous spectrum ranging from the healthy athlete with optimal energy availability, regular menses and healthy bones to the opposite end of the spectrum characterised by amenorrhoea, low EA...
Today on Coffee & Questions I gave a brief overview of the...
It is an EPIC, evidence-based resource from the great minds of Sports Nutrition. As a globally recognised framework, I think it's important to showcase.
You can check it out HERE
Before you reach for your supplements though, I want to share with you my philosophy.
As a Dietitian, my philosophy is always “food first”. Focus on eating unprocessed, real foods as the foundation of a good evidence-based sports nutrition plan. It's not until you've nailed the foundations that you would consider adding supplements. They should be used as a supplement to a great diet. Not the first point of call.
Remember to build your nutrition cake or pyramid in the right direction. I talked about this in more detail last week. If you missed it, check it out HERE
HOWEVER, some supplements and sports foods can play a small (sprinkles) but valuable role...
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