Vitamin D news from ISENC 2016

Once again I attended the International Sport and Exercise Nutrition Conference, this time as a PhD student running around with microphones, taking coats and packing bags. As with last year, and the year before, the speakers were brilliant, with experts flying in from Australia, America and elsewhere to talk in Newcastle. My outstanding lecture of […]

Healthy for Sport Q&A

I have been resident sports nutritionist at Meadowlark Healthy for Sport since its inception back in March. MHFS is the perfect ‘one stop shop’ for everything sports related and has the added bonus of being associated with a fantastic yoga studio, Meadowlark. At the healthy for sport clinic you can see a sports doctor, physiotherapist, […]

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 […]

Nutrition workshop, Scottish Swimming youth squad

Last weekend I jumped on the train to Aberdeen to deliver a sports nutrition workshop for the Scottish Swimming youth gold squad. 20 young swimmers from 14 clubs across the country attended the 2-day training camp at the Aberdeen sports village. The camp was centred around the upcoming competition at the Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh in […]

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 […]

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 & […]

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. […]