Is Your Sports Drink Really Quenching Your Thirst and Replenishing Electrolytes?! Sports drinks touted as the beverage of athletes are nothing more than a quagmire of unhealthy ingredients most of which are considered carcinogenic. These so called refreshing beverages contain nothing more than a pinch of salt, a drop of potassium, additives and One Hundred […]
Hydrate Your Body with High Water Content Fruits and Vegetables
Water makes up about 60% of the body’s weight. For the body to function properly, we need to consume about two quarts of water (or liquid) per day. Every system in your body depends on water. Hydrating Potassium Foods Potassium is the predominant positively charged electrolyte in body cells. The flow of potassium and sodium in […]
It’s Show Season – What Are My Food Choices?
No one wants to fall asleep in the saddle half way through an event, or get hurt because they could not focus. Brain fog or hitting the wall is common with poorly nourished athletes. It seams to be counter intuitive having junk food that is high in sodium, sugar and fat at an athletic event. […]
It’s That Time of Year, Show Season – Are You Nutritionally Ready!
You have practiced hard all year. You’ve meticulously worked through every routine possible. You are one with your horse. But do you have the stamina and energy to make it through another show season. Raw talent and hard work may get you there but proper nutrition will keep you there! As the saying goes “You […]
The Newest Health Craze – The Smoothie Bowl!
Smoothie bowls! They’re delicious, satisfying and a nutritious twist on breakfast cereal. Smoothie bowls are great to have for breakfast, lunch or supper, as a pre or post-workout meal, or even for dessert, depending on what ingredients you use. So, what is a smoothie bowl? The short answer is that it’s a way to enjoy a […]
Do you know what’s in your whey protein?
“I noticed that the cholesterol is high in my whey protein. Should I switch to something else if I’m watching my cholesterol?” – KM, Toronto An OEF member asked me a great question concerning a whey product. But before I answer the question, I would like to explain whey protein in detail, as well as, how […]
Five Simple Ways to Maximize Energy and Keep Muscles from Fatiguing
Maximize your energy by starting your day with a boost in serotonin Serotonin is a neurotransmitter often referred to as the happiness hormone. It also reduces your appetite and gives your consistent long-term energy! In simple terms, serotonin is what some anti-depressants do to improve your mood. So, how can you raise serotonin naturally? The […]
The Fundamentals of Nutrition – Part Four: An Athlete’s Need For Fluids
Did you know that losing as little as two percent of body weight through sweat can impair a rider’s ability to perform due to a low blood volume and less than optimal utilization of nutrients and oxygen? Water (fluids) comprises about 60 per cent of the body and is the most important nutrient. It is crucial […]
The Fundamentals of Nutrition – Part Three: The Athlete’s Need For Fat
Dietary fat has been blamed for many health problems. However, fat is actually an essential nutrient for optimal health. Adipose tissue (stored fat) provides cushion and insulation to internal organs, covers the nerves, is necessary in the digestion and assimilation of vitamins A, D, E, and K and is the largest reserve of stored energy available […]
The Fundamentals of Nutrition – Part Two: Protein
Lean protein – Helps build and repair Proteins are often called the building blocks of the body. Protein consists of combinations of structures called amino acids that combine in various ways to help build and repair muscles, bone, tendons, skin, hair, and other tissues. They serve other functions as well, including nutrient transportation and enzyme […]