An athlete races at peak performance by making sure the body is fueled correctly. This is not just about the morning of the start, but also approaching race day as well. Eat softer foods leading up to race. Eating foods that are high in fiber and protein can make your stomach hurt on race day. Since it takes quite a while for food to move through your system, you should start limiting these items starting about two days out. Look for softer, easier to eat foods and snacks instead, such as pasta. Eggs are a great source of protein that are easy to digest as well. A bad idea would be to eat a kale salad and steak the night before race day.
Nutrition is an enormous part of racing especially when you get to doing longer distances. You can come into half ironman and ironman races in the best shape of your life but if you fail to dial in your nutrition then it will all be for nothing.
This is can be a very complex topic but Ben & Kerry will be breaking it down for you so you can go out and rock with all your nutrition at all races you do. Keep reading to download now!
I wrote “Top 20 Fueling Myths Exposed” for the recreational exerciser to the elite athlete, and it contains a collection of the most common sports nutrition and exercise fueling myths, why they’re wrong, and what you can do about it to maximize your health and performance.
When you read this book, you’ll change the way you think about fueling your body, and you’ll learn the shocking truth about popularly held sports nutritions beliefs, including:
-How everything you know about pre-workout nutrition is probably not true…
-Why you don’t need to eat within 20-60 minutes afer a workout like everybody tells you…
-How the “Glycemic Index” is a fairly useless tool for measuring carbohydrate values….
-Why whole wheat is not as healthy as you may think…
-How not drinking enough water can still lead to water intoxication.
-Why health foods and energy bars are actually making you slower…
-Why “eating too much” is rarely the cause of gas and bloating during your workout…
-And much more!
I was assigned to write this book as the resident sports nutrition expert for Endurance Planet, I am very proud of what I’ve been able to create within the pages, and I guarantee it will re-invent the way you think about fueling your body!
Brendan Brazier on why there is no better health insurance than good nutrition, and why the best companies are doing enlightened things to look after the well-being of their employees.
In the early part of the 20th century, being overweight was a sign of wealth and, as such, a status symbol. Those who were able to afford excessive amounts of food wanted the world to see that they made enough money to overeat. Fortunately, times have changed, though today people showcase their wealth in other, no less health-damaging ways.
Now it is those at the other end of the income spectrum who are most commonly overweight or obese. According to studies conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association, low-income individuals and families are much more likely to be overweight than those earning middle and high incomes. Of course this is a generalization, but that’s how these kinds of studies work. Continue reading
In this video, Ben Greenfield walks you through a fantastic recipe for chocolate pudding that is actually a healthy alternative to chocolate ice cream or Jello brand chocolate pudding – and is also a fantastic source of omega 3 fats and medium chain triglycerides!
Unexpectedly hearing a loud noise when the room is quiet you might feel a sudden rush of energy. This is the most basic form of stimulation, left over from your primal survival mechanism. Your body assumes the loud noise is a threat and so prepares you for action by engaging the adrenal glands to draw more energy. In reaction to the onset of stimulation – a form of stress – we gain energy. We become more alert, our strength can increase and we have the ability to process information and to react more quickly.
Summoning its hormonal resources to momentarily improve strength and reaction time, the body would have likely improved its odds of getting out of a prehistoric bind. Early man would have of course benefited from greater strength and quicker reaction time if confronted by a predatory animal; his odds of survival would have dramatically increased.
Of course, we aren’t confronted with those types of threats today. But we face a host of modern-day ones that evoke the same hormonal response. Continue reading
It was once thought that only animal protein was complete and superior to plant-based options. Complete protein is composed of all 10 essential amino acids. By definition, essential amino acids cannot be made by the body; they must be obtained through dietary sources.
Fortunately, there are several complete plant protein sources. However, to obtain all 10 amino acids, in high quantities, it’s advantageous to consume several complementary sources of protein on a regular basis. For example, hemp (yes, hemp), yellow pea and brown rice protein offer a superior amino acid profile that rivals any in the animal kingdom. Continue reading