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Nutrition

Mar 06 2024

Sodium Bicarb

Athletes will do anything to get an edge. You may have heard of creatine and beta alanine, and believe it or not, that stuff you put in the fridge to absorb smells – baking soda – is also a performance supplement! It’s also used in science fairs to make volcanos explode…   Sodium bicarbonate as it is known in science-talk, improves athletic performance particularly in high-intensity activities lasting 1-10 minutes.  How it works Sodium bicarbonate works as a buffering agent in the body. Remember that “buffering” in science means neutralizing acids. Muscles happen to...

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Feb 06 2024

Beta Alanine: How Does It Work?

Our athletes want to win, and to be honest, we get a thrill from watching them win. They pay us to get a competitive edge. Beta-Alanine can certainly provide an advantage. But what’s with the tingling skin? Let’s get into who should take it, and what it does.   Fact. Beta-alanine helps high-intensity athletes perform better.    If that sounds like creatine, you’re close. They both help stuff like sprinting and Crossfit, but in very different ways. So don’t confuse the two. I will explain how it works and how much to take. Beta-Alanine...

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Oct 19 2016

Do Fitbits Make you Fit?

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="25" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The short answer is probably not. Fitbits, iwatches and other wearable technology have their pros and cons.   The Things I Like About Wearable Tech [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="25" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Sleep Tracking [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="15px" image_repeat="no-repeat"][vc_column_text]This is totally awesome. We can literally wake up a hundred times a night and not remember it. This is called sleep apnea, and it’s exhausting and leads to obesity (due to the hormonal disruptions that occur when we do not sleep).   Devices can show us if we’ve been sleeping or restless. Iphones...

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Jul 13 2016

Pasta Made These People Leaner

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Recently I was asked to comment on a nutrition study where that pasta eaters were leaner than people who avoided pasta.   Everyone in the study basically followed the Mediterranean diet, which includes veggies, healthy fats, meat, fish, legumes, and some starchy carbs. But some folks chose to avoid pasta, and some people ate pasta.   The pasta-eaters were leaner than those who avoided pasta.   That’s weird eh? Doesn’t pasta make you fat?   No it doesn’t. No single thing makes a person fat. Being overweight or obese is caused by multiple factors including:   Genetics ...

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Mar 31 2016

The Food System and Why You Should Care About French’s Ketchup

Recently French's Ketchup made the news for being a Canadian product and being blocked by Loblaws. This article sheds some light on the food system and what I think you should know about it.   Most city folk (which is most of North America) get their food from big stores, like Loblaws. Big stores get most of their food from publicly-traded companies, like General Mills, or large-scale meat or veg farming operations. Publicly-traded companies have to create a profit each quarter. There two ways to create a profit: Raising prices or cutting production costs. I could...

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Feb 01 2016

The Influence of Environment Part 2 of 2: Trigger Foods vs. Treats

As we learned in Part 1, our environment is a major influence on our behaviour. So if you want to change your nutrition, you must change your environment, including who you spend time with.   Part 2 The Food we Keep in our Homes   Skittles vs. Wine Gums   Once in a while, my girlfriend and I will hit up Bulk Barn for some psyllium husk, flax, and turmeric (nerd alert!). Because of the huge amount of candy there, I have a hard time not buying candy. I hesitate to send clients to Bulk Barn for...

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