“I want to eat healthier, but I just don’t have the time” is something I commonly hear, both in clinic and from others too. Time can be a very real hurdle, but the key is to work with this, as opposed to against it – this is where meal prep comes in.
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).
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.
If you do lunch in your office, why not consider some of the healthy, low calorie snacks mentioned in this article.