Whether it’s for the likes of fried chicken and ice cream, or a healthy piece of fruit, we all get hit with sudden food cravings every now and again. It’s easy to put this down to simply being in the mood for a snack you like, but when your body is telling you something, there’s always a reason. Depending on what you crave, your body could be trying to tell you any number of things, and it’s important to listen. Here we’re going to outline some of the main food cravings, and the meanings behind them.
Eating the right amount of protein and carbohydrates immediately after exercise can assist with protein synthesis and carbohydrate replacement. As a general guide, athletes should consume 1-2 of the following snacks after exercise.
Given that most ‘fun-runs’ are conducted in the morning, it doesn't make sense to sacrifice sleep in order to eat and digest a full meal (which would mean you’d have to start eating 2 to 4 hours before the event). Here’s a guide to what you should and shouldn't eat before your runs.
September is Irish Heart Month, which will see a focus across the country on the importance of a healthy diet to support your heart and keep it beating strong for years to come. The key to a heart-healthy diet is knowing your limitations – rather than focusing on the idea of “bad foods” or foods to avoid, the importance is on moderation and being aware of what you’re putting into your body (because it will affect what you get back).
When we eat, the food we consume is broken down by the acids & enzymes in our bodies. The carbohydrates in our food then turns into glucose, which enters our bloodstream and can be used for energy or stored as fat. This is accomplished with the help of insulin, which our bodies essentially track in real time.
You may have heard some talk lately about plant-based diets, but with so many different diets out there, it can be hard to keep track of all of them. You may think the name suggests it is just another way to say vegetarian or vegan, and while that’s not far off, it’s not exactly right.
Healthy eating is important all throughout our lives, but once we hit the big five-o a healthy balanced diet becomes even more important.
Most people know that for a healthy heart you need to have a balanced diet, but most people don't know there's a lot of heart healthy foods out there.