Common Cold – Prevention Vs Cure?

Common Cold – Prevention Vs Cure?

At this time of year people start spending more time indoors, on public transport and are less likely to be out exercising in the fresh air. As a result, people are more often in close proximity to each other in damper environmental conditions. With all of these factors, colds, infections, coughs and other respiratory illnesses spread more easily and become more frequent. We have entered “cold season”. …more

A Healthy Obsession With Dark Chocolate

A Healthy Obsession With Dark Chocolate

You might be surprised to hear that there are some healthy treats out there that do not require slavish commitment to nonsense like the “low fat” or “light” snack option. Dark chocolate while perhaps not everybody’s first choice, is a healthy alternative and is an excellent treat or dessert if you are looking for something healthy to satisfy your sweet tooth. …more

Green Tea – One Of Natures Greatest Drinks

Green Tea – One Of Natures Greatest Drinks

Green Tea – One Of Natures Greatest Drinks. Green tea has been consumed for centuries in Asian countries, particularly China, where it originates. Green tea has not only a major part of Chinese and Asian culture for its unique taste and social significance, but it has also long been associated with health promoting and therapeutic properties. In recent years green tea has become much more common in Western societies, and can now be found on nearly all restaurant and café menus as well as in any decent health food store. …more

12 ways to get your diet on track for better health or performance

12 ways to get your diet on track for better health or performance

All too frequently the nutrition headlines that grab our attention relate to quick fixes or short term solutions for our health or appearance. We never get tired of hearing that there is a new, faster and easier way to achieve our health goals, be it lose fat, gain muscle or “tone up”. If you are serious about your health and you want realistic strategies to achieve your goals then you need to accept that it requires effort, planning and consistency. …more

Fuelling Peak Performance On Match Day

Fuelling Peak Performance On Match Day

With the All Ireland football final coming up this Sunday, many county finals taking place throughout the country and the rugby season now under way, it seems appropriate to discuss nutrition best practice in preparation for match day performance.

Most athletes know nutrition is important for peak performance. However, many do not know what, how much and when to eat in the lead-up to games.

Although coaches and players have different beliefs about what athletes should eat, the primary nutrition goals in the lead-up to games are to maximise energy stores with appropriate foods and to ensure you are well-hydrated.

Carbohydrate is the main macro-nutrient that athletes must consume, as the primary source of energy the body relies on during high-intensity exercise. …more

Practice Tips: Rest and Recovery Day Meals

Practice Tips: Rest and Recovery Day Meals

On a rest day, the main focus for athletes is to recover, rejuvenate and unwind. This doesn’t mean lying on the couch for the day as most athletes tend to be proactive about their recovery strategies, and this includes their food intake. …more

Practice Tips: The Super Smoothie

Practice Tips: The Super Smoothie

Smoothies are a great way to meet a variety of nutrition targets. With the right blend of ingredients, the key elements of any fueling or recovery approach are addressed namely: 20 grams or more of protein, a source of carbohydrate and healthy fats, and a rich variety of micro-nutrients. …more

Practice Tips: Fuel-up with High Carb Breakfasts

Practice Tips: Fuel-up with High Carb Breakfasts

While there is some debate about whether carbohydrate is important for endurance sports, the consensus remains that fuelling-up with carbohydrate in the 24 to 48 hours before performance in high intensity and competitive team sports is the best approach. Here are two breakfast recipes that work well either on the day before or morning of a match that will assist you in hitting your fuelling targets …more