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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

B vitamins

You may or may not have noticed that I missed out vitamin B on my vitamin lowdown this week, I hope I didn’t confuse you. I thought I’d leave B vitamins until the end and give you an overview, as there are many B vitamins that make up what we call a B complex. These […]

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. […]