All about anthropometry

Last week I attended a level 1 training course in anthropometry to become accredited with the International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry, or ISAK to you and me. Anthropometry is “a simple reliable method for quantifying body size and proportions by measuring body length, width, circumference and skinfold thickness”. It can be used to […]

iQ ‘superfood’ chocolate

I recently tried a bar of the Scottish-made iQ chocolate. This “clever little chocolate bar”, as the creators call it, has a lot of research behind it from the likes of Robert Gordon University and the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health. Raw cacao has long been known to contain high amounts of antioxidants, but […]

Nutrition tips for cycling – the Tour de Lauder

With a break in the Scottish weather and Spring well under way, it is the perfect time to get out on the bike and enjoy the countryside. For the last couple of years I have taken part in the Tour de Lauder, a charity cycle race in the Borders raising money for Chest, Heart & […]

A word on iron

I’m doing another talk for netball juniors this weekend and one of the things I will be talking about is iron. It is one of the most important micronutrients and also one that is often deficient in certain populations. These include adolescent girls, female athletes, the elderly, vegetarians and vegans, but low iron levels can […]

The ISENC 2014

Last week was a very exciting one for me (I don’t mean Christmas) as I attended the international sport and exercise nutrition conference. It was a jam-packed programme of speakers from all over the world covering topics from gut and brain health and exercise to blood lipids to managing type 1 diabetes in athletes. I […]

A week of rugby

With a little break in the Accies rugby season, I thought I would share a few pointers I have been giving the players recently to keep them on form. Most of the players are following (hopefully!) a general meal plan with indications of what to eat and when during a typical training or gym day. […]

Energy-packed foods – dates

These guys have certainly got it right, although I really have to argue that they meant to add “sportswomen” too…. Dates are packed with natural sugars so are the perfect instant energy hit. They are high GI, which means that they cause an almost immediate but short-lived peak in blood glucose – ideal to get […]

Nutrition for runners

Saturday saw me back in the borders and giving a talk to the running club I used to train with as a youngster. The Gala Harriers hold their annual presentation night at this time of year and I was asked to come along to give a little sports nutrition advice. I kicked off with a […]

Netball

This morning I delivered some short sports nutrition talks to netball juniors for the Edinburgh Netball Association. It is great to see coaches focusing on different aspects of the game and giving the kids the opportunity to learn about nutrition for their sport. Netball, like many team sports, is intermittent and high-intensity and care should […]

Going bananas

Where would we be without bananas! They are the perfect pre- and post-workout snack, so often given out at sporting events as the go-to energy boost. Bananas are pretty easy on the stomach, so good for grabbing a mouthful during a race or for having if you’ve left it a little late to eat before […]