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Nutrition Tip – November 6 2010

November 6, 2010
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So, how exactly should you eat for energy? Eat breakfast!  This will get you going.  Studies show better brain function and healthier weights among breakfast eaters.  If you’re not hungry for breakfast, you may be eating too much at night.  Start the day with some lean protein (ex: 2 eggs), high-fiber foods (ex: veggies...
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Nutrition Tip October 30 2010

October 30, 2010
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Go Fresh In today’s fast paced world, it’s so easy to opt for frozen or pre-packaged meals.  I don’t blame you….I’ve got a busy family myself and know exactly how rushed dinner time can be.  But I also know how much more incredible it is to use fresh foods for your meals. Choosing fresh...
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Nutrition Tip October 23 2010

October 23, 2010
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Chronic Inflammation is an enemy of your body.  It is correlated to cell damage, cholesterol plague, hardening arteries, and chronic disease. To reduce inflammation (as an athlete and for overall health), try to eat foods that are: Whole-food rather than processed. If a grain product, choose 100% whole grain rather than refined (for example:...
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Nutrition Tip October 16 2010

October 16, 2010
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When is Water more than Water? In reality, not very often. Bottled waters are not regulated and could be filled right out of someone else’s tap. And what about “enhanced water” with promises of energy, vitamins, minerals, and health benefits? There is no evidence that the amounts and types of nutrients added to these water products provide any benefit to our bodies....
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Nutrition Tip October 9 2010

October 9, 2010
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Cramping?…There May Be Something to These Folk Remedies The following tips are considered folk remedies, but I wanted to include them as they may be worth giving a shot. Mustard:  For years coaches have given mustard to their athletes with leg cramps. Cramps are sometimes caused by a deficiency in acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter that...
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Nutrition Tip October 2 2010

October 2, 2010
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Ten Things to Consider When Eating Out 1) If possible, check out the restaurant’s nutritional guide online prior to going out. 2) Avoid most appetizers – they are usually refined grains (bread bowls, chips & salsa) or fried. If others in your party are ordering an appetizer, consider getting a salad or broth soup for...
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Nutrition Tip September 18 2010

September 18, 2010
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Three simple tips to decrease saturated fat, sugar, refined starch, and trans-fat intake: • Shop the exterior of the grocery store where most foods are unprocessed. • Avoid boxed and bagged (processed) products – snack on nuts, fruits, and veggies rather than potato chips. Eat a homemade dinner rather than one out of a box...
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Nutrition Tip September 11 2010

September 11, 2010
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With the colder weather now creeping in to certain areas, it is important to remember to continue to drink while you ride or perform any other exercises. Many people forget to drink enough since they may not sweat as much, which is a trigger for us to drink. Dehydration can occur just as quickly...
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Nutrition Tip September 4 2010

September 4, 2010
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Sodium The amount of sodium in a given food can be found on the Nutrition Label. As you begin looking at foods you commonly eat and their levels, you may be surprised to find 1 serving of canned soup (often only half the can) may have 600-800 mg Sodium.  Whoa. When Labeling a product, food manufacturers must adhere to the...
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Nutrition Tip August 28 2010

August 28, 2010
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Fiber It’s best to add fiber slowly (to reduce gas and bloating) if you are not used to eating very much. Add only about 5 grams of fiber per day for an entire week. Then, if comfortable, add another 5 grams the following week until you have reached 30+ grams of fiber per day (for example:...
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Nutrition Tip August 21 2010

August 21, 2010
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Reading Labels Within the “Total Carbohydrate” section of a nutrition label, you’ll find Total Carbohydrates, Dietary Fiber (sometimes further defined as soluble & insoluble), and Sugars. Pay attention to the total fiber per serving (no need to log soluble vs. insoluble) – your goal is 30+ per day. Of note, when you subtract the total fiber and sugar from the...
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Nutrition Tip August 14 2010

August 14, 2010
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Pita Chips Do you sometimes crave chips or pita chips?  It seems like buying a bag of pita chips is a healthy alternative to regular potato chips……they are a better choice, but with many of them being made from enriched flour why not avoid them and make your own. They are so easy to...
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Question: I am using the homebrew sugar formulations (sometimes added to green tea).  I am also trying to wean myself off 1/2 dose adrenalean “lip tonic delivery system” (biorhythm brand- caffeine, hoodia g, synephrine, yohimbe) capsule for energy.

My question is other than juice, can you suggest modifications in lieu of table sugar for energy and hydration.

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Both raw/organic honey or agave can work great in the homebrew (substitute in the same quantities for the sugar, or to taste), but you do have to shake well in order to make sure they don’t settle out.  Have you tried either of these?  Also, make sure to use at least the minimum amount of salt recommended in the homebrew as the temps rise, you need the sodium replacement if you’re sweating.

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