nutrition

Ever tried eating the equivalent of 25 cups of pasta in one day? The average calorie intake for the Tour de France cyclists is 5000-9000 calories/day.
In order for teams to perform optimally, it is important to focus on optimal and consistent pre and post game nutrition. In the United Kingdom, most professional football (soccer) teams have a Team Dietitian that is able to monitor fuel intake and logistics both at home and on the road. Unfortunately, in Canada this is not yet the standard. SportMedBC Dietitian Dana Lis is working closely with the Whitecaps Medical Support Team and coaches to provide this knowledge, and work to get systems in place so that the players are training, playing and recovering optimally. It is important for players...
Pancakes, bagels, oranges, yogurt, juice and bananas! At one time the finish line Horn of Plenty was meant to be more of a marketing perk for many 10K run organizers who were all competing for the same small share of the fund raising market. Who knew then that this stuff would actually offer more than advertising! Anyone up for a High Carb, Medium Protein, Low Fat Snack after running through the Sun Run finish line? You would be suprised how many people take a pass at this golden window of opportunity and head straight to the nearest Starbucks. Here's the Tip You have a 30 to 60 minute window...
Get started by…Choosing Better Carbohydrates Let’s bust few myths first! Carbs make you overweight: If you are still on the low-carb bandwagon – it’s time to get off. Carbohydrate foods are essential for providing energy not only for everyday activity, but especially for your training. Too many calories from any food group will cause your body to produce additional body fat. Carbs cause diabetes: Diabetes is a complex condition caused by several genetic environmental factors. Sugars and other carbohydrates do not cause diabetes. Carbs make you hyperactive: Although a long-standing belief,...
Dana Lis, SportMedBC’s Registered Dietitian is half-way through presenting a series of public workshops on “Fueling the Young Athlete”. So often this information is difficult to obtain for the general population – no matter how many books you read, or how many nutrition websites you check out – there is nothing like hearing it from a professional. Essential for coaches, parents and youth players, these workshops are being held at the North Shore Winter Club, and are designed for the active family. The workshops cover topics such as Healthy Weight Gain, Optimal Hydration intake and Fueling...
Getting sick can affect your training and your success in the Sun Run – eat to stay illness free! Intense strenuous exercise helps the body prepare and adapt for performance but also causes increased levels of stress hormones which have an immunosuppressive effect on the body and can increase risk of illness. Many other factors like lack of sleep, mental stress, and improper nutrition can affect the overall health of your immune system. You may not be able to curl up under your desk for a nap or hop on a plane for a spa vacation, but you can make sure that what you are eating is adequate for...
Are you in it for weight loss? Many people jump into SunRun training to knock off a few extra pounds that may have crept up over the holidays or over the past few years. Your first step to successful weight loss is to consult a dietitian to assess your current weight, help you determine a healthy goal weight and to develop an individualized nutrition plan. Because it is not realistic for everyone to have access to a registered dietitian, here are a few key tips for successful weight loss. 1. BE AWARE OF WHAT, WHEN AND WHY YOU EAT THE FOODS YOU DO. Realize that food is fuel and is eaten to...
Dana Lis , RD, SportMed BC Sport Dietitian weighs on the best way to properly fuel your body - whether you are a first time run/walker or wily veteran . Dana writes... Whether your goal is to complete the Sun Run walking or to run a sub 40-minute 10K; what you fuel your body with can make or break your success. You may have some of the following nutritional questions: weight loss, energy intake, fuelling pre, during and post training, hydration and making healthy food choices when eating out. Let’s kick off this nutrition segment with choosing good convenience foods before training! Paying...
As BC residents resolve to make a healthy start to 2009, we asked SportMedBC's Sport Dietitian Dana Lis for her comments on Leslie Beck's recent column in the Globe and Mail that focused on some of 2008's biggest issues and topics that made the nutrition news headlines. Menu Labelling: Menu labelling is growing increasingly important as more and more Canadian rely on convenient or restaurant foods for daily nutrition. With busy lives many people seem to be eating out on a more regular basis. Often healthier meals are made less healthy with the higher fat restaurant recipes. Kelsey’s fajitas...