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• Beets, as well as rhubarb and arugula, are rich sources of dietary nitrates, a compound that gets converted into nitric oxide (NO). Nitric oxide dilates blood vessels, lowers blood pressure, and allows a person to exercise using less oxygen. In a study, cyclists consumed pre-ride beets and then three hours later (when NO peaks), they rode in a time trial. Every cyclist improved (on average, 2.8%) as compared to the time trial with no beets.…

Lean vs. Mean: Emphasize Nutrition to Fuel Optimal Fitness

Although determining a healthy target weight, as well as a reasonable path to losing it, is part of what we do as coaches, our primary objective for each of our clients is a healthy path to fitness – the real focus is on training fueled by quality foods.…

Chocolate and Your Sports Diet

Chocolate—Is it a bad food for athletes, an addictive drug, and the instigator of dietary disasters? Or is it a health food, dieter's weight loss aid, and effective recovery food for tired, hungry athletes?…

Handling It: Group Riding & Racing Awareness

cycling is an activity that binds us inextricably as joint participants, since we’re either “riding together” at the same pace side by side or benefitting from fellow riders’ slipstreams. Even in competitive events where the ultimate goal is to break free of the group, whether in a breakaway or a final sprint, staying with other riders is an inherent part of a sound strategy…

2011 Sports Nutrition News from the American College of Sports Medicine

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is the world's largest organization of sports medicine and exercise science professionals. At ACSM's annual meeting in Denver, May 31-June 4, 2011, over 6,000 exercise scientists, sports dietitians, physicians and other health professionals gathered to share their research. Here are a few of the nutrition highlights.…

Time to Train Equals Time to Eat (right!)

Do you have goals and results that you’re striving for? This takes a lot of time and effort with planning and training. Your effort in scheduling your day with your workouts should include equal effort into planning your food for the day. What you put in your mouth is just as important as your physical training.…

Body Image and Athletes

As a sports dietitian, I spend too many hours helping my clients find peace with their bodies. Most of these active people take the outside-in approach. They think if they change their body from the outside by losing undesired body fat or by adding some muscular bulk, they will be happier on the inside. Unfortunately, not true!…

Nuts & Athletes: Love ‘em or leave ‘em?

Nuts & Athletes: Love ‘em or leave ‘em? Athletes commonly have a love-hate relationship with nuts. They love them, but try to stay away from them. “I don't dare keep a jar of cashews in my house. I'd end up eating them all and gaining weight,” complained one rower. Although she knows nuts are healthful and good for her, the over-ruling perception is nuts are “sooooo fattening.”…