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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rugby

On Thursday night it was Edinburgh Accies rugby team’s turn to have a little think about their diets going into pre-season. The strength and conditioning coaches were there going over pre-season training, both in the gym and on the field. It sounded demanding, gruelling and just downright hard for the guys after a very brief […]

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 […]

Protein sources

I am writing a little nutrition presentation for the young dancers at the Edinburgh dance academy to give them a bit of in insight into keeping their bodies healthy. Although a lot of the session is on every day healthy eating, these girls are athletes, training for 8 hours a day and performing regularly. How […]