It is always exciting for footy fans at finals time! With 17 AFL seasons under my belt, and the enjoyment of 3 premierships at Hawthorn AFL Football Club, I still love the feeling of finals time in September. AFL is a long, gruelling game that needs peak energy levels for four quarters and nutrition is key to achieve this. What does an AFL player need to eat? Let me share with you.
We are told we eat too much sugar and should cut down for the benefit of our health, but it is hard to do particularly after Easter when you find yourself surrounded by pretty coloured Easter eggs staring at you every time you open the pantry door. How much is too much and is any of it good? Let’s take a look along with some tips to keep us in check.
It sounds like such a simple thing to do, eat more fresh fruit and vegetables, but obviously not, as most Australians are not eating anywhere near the recommended servings a day. The big questions is why not, is it really that hard to do or does the message simply not resonate? How about we try a new approach. Stop telling people they need to eat more fruit and vegetables for their health as the key message could be a place to start.
There is a lot of pressure to perform and bring home good results for both elite athlete's and students. Nutrition can play an important role and you are in control of how you choose to eat at a time when sometimes we can feel out of control. I have picked 7 tips to help you perform at your best!
Have you been waiting for Spring to review your health? Well Spring has arrived and it might be time to spring clean your diet. The longer days and warmer weather that comes with spring can bring about a great amount of joy and excitement after the cooler weather. Spring is the perfect time to shake off the winter blues, with motivation to work towards a healthier feeling you. Here are some tips to help you get started.
Your workout zone may be at home, and if so is not quite the same, but you give it a red hot go! Putting in the hard yards, you want to see benefit from your workout and that means supporting your body with the best foods you can. As I tell the elite athletes I work with, it is about choosing foods that have the greatest concentration of nutrients. Read on to see my answers to questions such as, how much and when should I eat? How much protein and what about snacks? Read on to learn more
Fighting off colds, flus and infections starts with a strong immune system. There is no magic food to do this, but one of the keys to eating to support your immune system is eating plenty of plant foods. We can feed our gut microbiome and include Omega 3 fats too. Read on, to learn what you can do.
Meal prepping doesn’t have to be devoting your whole Sunday to make every meal for the week. It can simply mean getting a few things ready to save time, reduce stress and make things run more smoothly at meal time. If you can achieve this it is much easier to eat a nourishing, healthy diet. How easy is it to grab take away on the way home from work if you know nothing is prepared at home and you are tired and hungry! Let's break that habit. If you would like to get meal prep started read on.
Spring has sprung and so have the flowers with plenty of pollen and the wind to spread it.For those who suffer with hay fever and asthma it can be a nightmare. Pollen and dust can cause the immune system to have an allergic response. This includes inflammation, particularly in the nose for hay fever sufferers. How can your diet help? One way is via our gut microbiome,which influences inflammation in the body.
It is always exciting for footy fans at finals time! With 17 AFL seasons under my belt, including 3 premierships at Hawthorn AFL Football Club, I still love the sniff of finals time in September. AFL is a long, gruelling game. Maintaining energy levels for 25-30 minute quarters, a and repeat this for 22 matches and finals is challenging. It is important players fuel their body with nourishing foods to get the most out of training, recover and sustain energy levels throughout the season. So what do AFL players need to eat?
We all know the importance of a healthy diet for prevention of disease and to fuel ourselves for exercise –but do we think about fueling the organ in charge of our body; the brain? There are some foods that have more influence on our brain health than others. I thought I would talk about 5 key dietary areas. Let’s take a look. Literally food for thought.
What do we mean by, ‘Clean eating’, such a marketing and buzz phrase? Clean eating is a term often used to describe eating wholefoods, with minimal or no processing, as close to their natural form as possible. It usually involves a diet with wholegrains,plenty of vegetables and fresh fruit, lean meats, seafood, nuts, seeds and minimal or no added sugars, alcohol or highly processed foods. That is fantastic, and the way we should be eating. Australians eat too many discretionary foods and a poor diet contributes to the global burden of disease related reduce the I think I call it healthy eating! Some products market as 'clean' but are they really? What about gluten free, no added sugar? Have we moved happily onto, 'plant based diet'?
Winter is nearly here. I am looking forward to some things it brings. The opportunity for enjoying winter warming dishes. Holding a mug of hot soup. Digging a spoon into delicious fruit crumbles and enjoying a hearty winter stew. A good diet will help keep our immune system in good order over winter. Let's see how.
Thinking about a glass of wine when you get home or a beer with a barbie, while watching the footy or after training? Many people enjoy an alcoholic drink with few adverse effects to their health. However, it is worthwhile to know what the safe drinking limits of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NH&MRC) are, as there are also a substantial number of people who do suffer adverse effects to their health and life due to drinking more alcohol than is recommended. The news is not all bad, read on to understand more about enjoying a drink without being negative on your health and performance.