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 […]

Beetroot juice and exercise

My final essay for my Sports Nutrition post-grad was on beetroot and sport performance, which turned out to be such an interesting topic. Everything in this field is relatively new and more and more research is being carried out all the time. Beetroot has long been a remedy for high blood pressure, with the elderly […]

The Scottish breakfast

Last week I was asked to contribute a little bit of nutritional information about the Scottish breakfast for an article in the Scottish Sun. It was a follow-up feature on the breakfast that the athletes at the Commonwealth Games are tucking in to (apparently!) and whether or not it will be doing any good. The […]

World Cup fever

The latest Guardian food article describes the types of foods that teams in the world cup are carting around with them from home. When travelling for competition, it is important that players are comfortable and their menus and food plans aren’t altered in the lead up to matches. The climate of Brazil will dictate food […]

So you wanna be a boxer?

Today I’m givingĀ  a little talk to a group of young, up-and-coming boxers for the Institute of Sport. Boxing nutrition can be a dangerous game but gone are the days of boxers letting their weight shoot up between competitive bouts and paying little attention to their diet. As sports nutrition develops and athletes become more […]

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 […]