Why is Salt “Bad” For Us?

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We all know that salt provides a lot of flavor in food.  At the same time, this can be detrimental to our health.  Sodium, which is part of table salt, is one of the main electrolytes in the body that needs to be in constant balance to maintain proper health.  Since the amount of sodium has to stay consistent in …

Cholesterol Craze

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Cholesterol is a waxy-like substance necessary in the body for normal functioning such as the production of hormones and cell membranes.  Cholesterol is naturally produced within our system, but is also ingested when we eat animal and animal-derived foods such as milk and cheese. Some individuals have naturally higher levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol based on hereditary factors.  This …

Athletes on a Plant Based Diet Meal Plan

Can Athletes Perform Well on a Plant-Based Diet?

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Most of us have been raised with the understanding that making dairy and meat the mainstay of our diet is necessary for healthy bones and general fitness. You may have been told that, as an athlete, you won’t be able to fully reach your goals on a plant-based diet. In reality, athletes on a plant-based diet can not only thrive …

Facts About Fat

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For many decades, fat became the enemy, and our favorite foods started popping up in the grocery aisle with a “fat-free” version. Little did we know, these fat-free foods are actually worse for us, as they contain higher amounts of fillers like sugar, salt and preservatives to enhance the flavor. What we know now is that fat isn’t as bad …

Proper Nutrition for the Endurance Athlete

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Marathons and triathlons are no longer just for Olympic athletes.  They are becoming increasingly more popular for anyone looking for a fun and competitive hobby.  With this extra activity comes the need for extra calories!  No athlete is the same and each individual will have their own nutritional needs.  Based on the size and activity level of the endurance athlete, …

Sugar – Is It All Bad?

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In the 1950’s, the USDA reported an annual intake of added sugar to be approximately 110 pounds per person. In the year 2000, the average annual intake per capita jumped to a staggering 152 pounds! This means we are eating about six times the World Health Organization’s recommended daily maximum of 6-9 teaspoons of added sugar. How does this affect …

Protein – How Much Do We Really Need?

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There are a lot of misconceptions these days about protein. Whether its protein shakes to protein bars to eating a pure protein and veggie diet, our society has been going crazy for protein lately! In the United States, we generally eat more protein per day than what is required. This is due to the fact that high protein sources such …