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 […]

Public health messages from a sports nutritionist

Yesterday I was lucky enough to attend a seminar from a leading researcher in Sports Nutrition. Dr Yannis Pitsiladis is a well published sports nutritionist specialising in the diets of African athletes. We were let into the secrets of the success of African athletes and learned a huge amount about their diets and training regimes. […]

Thoughts from the lead nutritionist of Scotland rugby

Last week I attended a workshop on an overview and current trends in sports nutrition and I thought I’d share a few take-home messages. “a good diet will not turn a mediocre athlete into a champion, but a poor diet can turn a champion into a mediocre athlete” I think the most interesting thing that […]

Why fat is good

People are a bit scared of fat aren’t they? It is a macronutrient and essential for a healthy diet, so here are a few basic points about fats to get you started: – fats are part of our cell membranes and provide the body with insulation and cushioning – fat provides an excellent source of […]

Beetroot dip

Beetroot makes a wonderfully bright and tasty dip that is very quick and easy to do, and super healthy. It is betalains that gives beetroot its deep purple-red colour. They are potent antioxidants quite unique to beetroot, but work in a similar way to the anthocyanins that give things like red cabbage, blueberries and plums […]

Protein pancakes

For those who supplement with protein, these pancakes are fab! Recipe from the Optimum Nutrition recipe book. 1 banana 2 eggs 1/2 cup whey protein (I had banana flavoured) 1/2 cup milk 1 cup oats 1 tbsp flour (I used rice flour but any is fine) Blitz everything in a blender and cook in batches […]

This is me!

  This is me! Public health nutritionist, athletics coach, and Sweaty Betty. I love to cook, eat and workout, aiming to keep the right balance of the three to keep my body in shape and fuel my exercise effectively. My words of the moment from a lead sports nutritionist are “carbohydrates, use them or earn […]