Protein supplements

I’ve been studying protein for the last couple of days and wanted to share what I have learned. Here are my top 10 things to know about protein supplementation: 1) the essential amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine make up the BCAAs found in many protein supplements 2) leucine is the amino acid most used […]

Just hangin’ around

It’s great living so near to a park, especially one with bootcamp! Spring is here (ish) so let’s get outside, things are always better with daffodils. Inverleith Park has a duck pond, bowling green, tennis courts and most importantly monkey bars – something for everyone. We had a wee run yesterday and got stuck in […]

Hydration and sport performance

Today I’m studying hydration and I thought I’d share a few of the most important and interesting things: Sweating is good – it means that your body is thermoregulating properly, so the more sweat the better, all you need to do it make sure you replace the fluid lost afterwards When you are dehydrated, concentrate […]

Basic sports nutrition for young athletes

It’s been a couple of weeks since I did a presentation for the young sprinters at Edinburgh athletic club so I thought I’d share some of the main points. It was actually quite tricky deciding what to say as I had no idea what kind of basic knowledge they had, but I took them some […]

Public health messages from a sports nutritionist

Yesterday I was lucky enough to attend a seminar from a leading researcher in Sports Nutrition. Dr Yannis Pitsiladis is a well published sports nutritionist specialising in the diets of African athletes. We were let into the secrets of the success of African athletes and learned a huge amount about their diets and training regimes. […]

Thoughts from the lead nutritionist of Scotland rugby

Last week I attended a workshop on an overview and current trends in sports nutrition and I thought I’d share a few take-home messages. “a good diet will not turn a mediocre athlete into a champion, but a poor diet can turn a champion into a mediocre athlete” I think the most interesting thing that […]

2014

Happy new year everybody! I’m sure you have all been inundated with the “new year, new you” talk so I’m not going to do the same, but I do always believe start as you mean to go on. Just aim to get the basics right to start with. Fad diets don’t work, what works is […]

Bread matters

  Anybody looking for a baking course must head to Bread Matters, it’s just fantastic! Only 17 miles from Edinburgh you can find Macbiehill Farmhouse, kitted out with a baking studio and wonderful wood-fired oven and two of the most lovely people! Andrew Whitley, the man behind the venture, has his own book, Bread Matters, […]

This is me!

  This is me! Public health nutritionist, athletics coach, and Sweaty Betty. I love to cook, eat and workout, aiming to keep the right balance of the three to keep my body in shape and fuel my exercise effectively. My words of the moment from a lead sports nutritionist are “carbohydrates, use them or earn […]