3 Holiday Tips to Keep You Running Strong!

Holiday Tips For Runners

I hope this finds you running well as we move into the Winter!  Here are 3 holiday tips to keep you healthy as we move into the holiday season…

1.) Load up on fruit & veggies – as we move closer to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year, it’s very easy to increase our sugar intake with all the holiday treats available. Make it a point to stock up on healthy snacks and limit the amount of unhealthy snacks you have in the house.  Instead, save the sugary treats for those special gatherings with family or friends. My wife and I love to cut up broccoli and cauliflower and load up a container full to have handy. We then use hummus or Annie’s Goddess dressing as a delicious dip.  Apples and oranges are also great to have available since they’re packed with immunity-building Vitamin C. Apples are also a fantastic source of Quercetin, a flavinoid that helps guard against cold or flu bugs and also has been found to decrease inflammation.  As a runner, lingering inflammation can be an injury waiting to happen.  Refined sugar also creates more inflammation throughout the body.

2.) Vitamin D Supplement – depending on where you live, this can also be a time of year when the sun can be a little more elusive which means our bodies don’t make as much Vitamin D.  For the runner, Vitamin D levels correspond with our immunity which is the body’s ability to fight off disease and illness.  So during this season, a Vitamin D supplement can help boost immunity, especially as we endure more intense training.  Based on research, it’s tough to beat Maximized Living’s Vitamin D3 Complex

3.) Don’t Forget Water! – As the weather gets cooler, it’s easier to back off on water since the body doesn’t alert us as quickly to our need.  A nice formula to ensure you’re drinking enough is to change your body weight to ounces and cut that in half.  For example, I weigh 150 lbs.  Therefore, my minimum intake should be 75 ounces each day.  This number will increase on days when we run.  Water helps flush out waste and toxins. One way to know you’re drinking enough is notice a clear to light yellow color in your urine.  Dark yellow is a sign you’re under-drinking.

Practice these 3 tips over the next couple months and you’ll give your body an extra layer of protection it needs despite the distractions that are inevitable this time of year.

On the Run,

CJ

 

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Are All Protein Powders The Same?

Through the years, I’ve tried many different brands and varieties of protein powders for my smoothies.  I’ve found that many brands are simply selling cans of trash in terms of ingredients and what they do for our bodies.  At the same time, the companies that produce these “trash cans” have elaborate marketing campaigns and fancy labels that attract the uneducated consumer in hordes.  Promises like “Bulk up Fast!” or “Gain Muscle Now!” are slogans we need to run from.  First of all, our bodies can only process a certain quantity of protein before the excess is stored as fat.  Second, the quality of the protein is something we need to research before we put it into our bodies.

Why I Prefer Plant-Based Protein

In my own research, I’ve found plant-based protein powders to be the most efficient for my body for a few reasons…

1.) Digestion – Plant-based protein is going to digest more quickly and be readily available for use by our bodies.  Whey-based protein is made from dairy which means the body will need to take it through a longer process for digestion as it breaks it down.

2.) Allergies – I’ve also found (as many others have) my allergies have decreased as my dairy intake decreased over the years.  As I was growing up, I consumed large amounts of dairy in the form of milk, ice cream, cheese, yogurt, etc.  I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I suffered with Hay Fever on a yearly basis, especially from Spring to the beginning of Fall.  My body was also producing a large amount of mucus which is the body’s way of trying to get rid of something it doesn’t agree with.  I can’t remember the last time I experienced a Hay Fever attack which used to include itchy eyes, itchy & scratchy throat, runny nose and obnoxious sneezing bouts.  I attribute this to dietary changes and improved fitness.

3.) Health Concerns – Studies are also finding soy protein to be dangerous for our bodies.  Some of these concerns include increased cancer risks due to estrogen levels, enlarged thyroid and adverse interactions with some prescription medications.  Most soy products have been genetically modified which is always a red flag regarding health and nutrition.

4.) Whole Food Nutrition – Stay away from protein powders that use the word “isolate” in their labels or ingredients list.  This means the company has isolated and separated various parts of a food in order to cheapen the product.  Study after study has shown that maximum benefit is found in whole food-based nutrition.  For example, an apple contains thousands of individual phytonutrients that work in synergy together.  Some well-meaning folks have isolated these phytonutrients to find out which ones are healthiest for the human body before putting them into capsule or powder form.  Bottom line: if you want the maximal amount of nutrition, simply eat the whole apple!  The same goes for protein…when you see the words “soy isolate” or “whey isolate” you’re not seeing whole food nutrition.

Garden of Life Sport Protein Is My Choice

GOL Sport Protein PicAgain, there are many different brands of protein powder on the market today including those that are plant-based.  My absolute favorite has become Garden of Life Sport. My favorite part about Garden of Life Sport is that it’s 100% plant-based, free from dairy, gluten and soy, and contains no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners.  In other words, you won’t find fillers, isolates or non-food additives in this mix!

My body just feels cleaner since I’ve begun using Garden of Life Sport for my smoothies.  I also love the taste!  Unlike the bland, chalky taste of so many protein powders on the market, Garden of Life Sport is a delicious way to enhance your smoothie.  It only makes sense as you’ll be adding real food (in powder form) to your blend.

The protein found in Garden of Life Sport contains all of the following in each can…

  • Organic Pea Protein
  • Organic Sprouted Navy Bean
  • Organic Sprouted Lentil Bean
  • Organic Sprouted Garbanzo Bean
  • Organic Cranberry Protein (seed)

Garden of Life Sport is no “lightweight” in terms of the amount of quality protein, boasting 30 grams per serving (two scoops).  You can rest assured knowing you’re feeding your body the protein is craves most and an amount it will use to build a strong, lean body.

Garden of Life Sport Protein is available in Chocolate and Vanilla flavors.

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