D is for Deficiency (article by Precision Nutrition)

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“In the past decade, Vitamin D has emerged as something of a miracle supplement, studied more than any other vitamin in the 21st century.

Hundreds of research studies suggest that Vitamin D can help prevent everything from osteoporosis to autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and much more.

It affects recovery and body composition, and the influence of our genes. Some have even suggested that vitamin D deficiency might cause obesity.”

Want to know more about what’s up in the world of Vitamin D and why you might want to take a supplement…or NOT?!?

Head over to the Precision Nutrition website to check out the story!

Protein! Building Blocks of Muscle

eatprotein200x200_0Protein has long been a buzzword and focus for fitness enthusiasts, trainers and researchers. I really like how Runners World presents this topic in this article…the info can be relevant to all endurance athletes and this excerpt below especially jumped out at me.

“Protein may not be a magic bullet–increased supplementation has not been found to automatically improve performance–but if your intake is low, you may start to feel fatigued, lose muscle mass, become rundown, and increase your risk of injury.”

http://www.runnersworld.com/nutrition-for-runners/protein-for-runners-101?cm_mmc=NL-Nutrition-_-1593142-_-02132014-_-Protein-for-Runners-101

Simple healthful cooking techniques!

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Thanks to Whole Foods, not only do you have great stores* around the country to stock up on lots of local, sustainable selections but also they’re making it so easy to learn to cook it all up in the best way possible! Check out this link to learn some options for clean, nutrient-preserving food prep.

*I actually do NOT live near a Whole Foods :( so I count on stores like Trader Joe’s, Sprouts Farmers Markets, Organic Roots and even Costco to find sustainable, organic and greenhouse-grown fruits, veggies and grains to fill my plate.

Thank you for helping us all to keep kickin butt and performing better, Whole Foods!

10 Foods That Sound Healthy (But Aren’t)

Screen Shot 2013-07-15 at 8.20.53 AM Cooking Light posted this article and I’m stoked they did. So many fallacies out there and buzzwords to mislead the nutritionally unsure…

Check it out and feel free to share comments below if you have something to add!

Links to websites I like to consult for a variety of suggestions, opinions and healthful recipes (NOTE: If you dig eating flesh, go ahead and add ONE SERVING to your portion of a veg-only recipe.)

Mayo Clinic – Nutrition and Healthy Eating

Vegetarian Times

Livestrong – Diet and Nutrition

Runner’s World (even if running’s not your thing, their dietician is awesome and the recipes are delish!)