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How to eat wheat-free…

Here is a wonderful "wheat-free" menu to get you started... Breakfast Quinoa & Orange Porridge Bring 30-40g quinoa to the boil and then simmer until tender and the liquid has absorbed. Peel a fresh orange and chop into the porridge. Stir, and then serve with a spoon of goat or sheep's yogurt, and a sprinkling [...]

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Question: I've been told my iron deficiency may be down to running (foot strike haemolysis). What's the healthiest way for me to top up my iron levels? Answer: Iron is an essential mineral for runners and those involved in regular physical training, as it helps to build healthy red blood cells, and plays a major [...]

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How much starchy carbohydrate should we consume?

This week, amongst a lot of other activity, I had an e-mail from a mini-zine reader, which resulted in quite a dialogue. I think it may answer some your very own questions or queries on this subject - the subject of starchy carbohydrate - specifically how much starchy carbohydrate should we consume? And can exercisers [...]

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Feeling unusually hungry after a swim…

Question: I often feel unusually ravenous after swim training. Is there a physiological reason for this, and if so, how can I manage it? Answer: Some recent research at Loughborough measured the appetite hormone ghrelin, and found that during swimming, ghrelin levels and appetite was actually suppressed, which is often the case with prolonged or [...]

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Healthy ageing with great nutrition…

Question: What should the older athlete consider in their diet to stay lean and healthy? Are there any special foods I should be eating? Answer: Ageing (in the physical sense) is a slowing down of the body and metabolism. In simple food terms, this means we need fewer calories, yet more nutrition – i.e. vitamins, [...]

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A solution to runner’s diarrhoea…

Q... I'm struggling with 'runner's trots' on my long runs. Is there anything I can do to prevent this? I'm worried it's going to happen in my upcoming marathon - should I take an anti-diarrhoea tablet? A... Many athletes are plagued with gastro-intestinal, or GI problems (e.g. cramping, urge to defecate, diarrhoea etc.) during training and [...]

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Are you bored with fruit for dessert?

Question: I’m getting a bit bored and fed up eating the same old fruit salad after every meal. Can you suggest some alternative “healthy, tasty desserts”? Gemma Clarke – e-mail Answer: Two things or questions immediately spring to mind Gemma… firstly I would ask, “Do you need to have dessert after every meal”? And secondly, [...]

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Can naturally gifted runners eat junk food?

Question: How much difference does a good diet really make? I keep reading about great runners living off junk food and beer. Can nutrition really impact on my times? Answer: Let’s begin first, by considering overall health. It is clear from decades of scientific study and observation that diet and nutrition has a profound effect [...]

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How should I eat before my first marathon?

Question: I’m doing my first marathon this month. I read that I should cut back on carbs for a few days before I carb load - but someone at the running club said that advice is out of date. What’s the best way to prepare the week before the race? Answer: The “old-style” 7-day carb-loading [...]

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Question: I’ve been training for an autumn marathon and seem to be hit by a “fluey” feeling, like I'm borderline ill, with a sore throat etc. when I do heavy mileage. I take Lemsips when this happens, but I wonder if there are any natural remedies for minor illnesses, and more importantly, can I improve [...]

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