SENr showcase, Murrayfield

A couple of Fridays ago I had the pleasure of attending a day of talks hosted by the British Dietetic Association and the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr). Some of the best sports/performance nutritionists, all in one room. We had presentations from key researchers in protein requirements, omega 3s and hydration, the nutrition team […]

Crossfit Murrayfield nutrition talk

A big thank you to Crossfit Murrayfield for having me across to chat about nutrition. I haven’t done a lot of Crossfit, just the odd class here and there, but I really enjoy the workout and sense of community. A lot of online advice about “nutrition for Crossfit” alludes to a strict ‘Zone diet’ or […]

Potassium

Potassium is an electrolyte – those things you lose when you sweat. It’s a really important mineral and is not only found in bananas! There isn’t a recommended daily amount (RDA) for potassium but it has many uses in the body. supports functioning of muscle and nerves helps to balance body fluids helps to prevent […]

Cherry Active – what the research says

There is a flurry of excitement around Montmorency cherries at the moment, with lots of research looking into their benefits to health and recovery after sport. I’ve written a little about free radicals and antioxidants before and it is mostly this area that cherry juice works wonders. Montmorency cherries are one of the richest sources […]

Hitting your protein requirements

For the average (sedentary) person, hitting recommended daily protein intakes is relatively easy and requires little thought. Protein requirements for the average population are around 0.8g per kg body mass, achievable by some chicken in a sandwich at lunch and a meat-based evening meal. For those who train daily, have active jobs, or are looking […]

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 […]

What’s the single biggest thing we can do for our health?

I got to venture into the Scottish Parliament this week, right up to the highest floors with spectacular views of Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood. I went to sit in at the Cross Party Group meeting on sport, heart disease and stroke. The keynote presentation was from Dr Andrew Murray, a Scottish ultra-distance runner and doctor […]

Yoga recommendations – Hot Yin

(picture from indabayoga.com) This week I tried something new at Meadowlark yoga studio – hot yin. After doing the 5×50 challenge, which consisted of 30 minutes of yoga every day for 50 days, I’ve got quite into the habit of doing yoga and I have already noticed positive changes in my flexibility in even the […]

5×50 challenge

Who’s up for a challenge? Everyone says they’ll do yoga every day, or go for a run, or stop eating sugar, but motivating ourselves to do it is a real challenge. I find that I tell myself I’ll do something but unless there is something or someone pushing me to do it, it’s almost a […]

British Military Fitness

I’ve just finished my second session of British Military Fitness and I am thoroughly pooped. It is the one type of exercise that keeps my brain firing at all times and therefore doesn’t let me feel bored, even for a moment. I run a lot but sometimes feel a bit fed up and bored by […]