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26 August 2016
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Carbohydrates in Sports Nutrition: Part 2

PART 2 In part 1, I discussed the types of carbohydrates and how they are used for energy in the body. In part 2, I will be discussing the benefits of consuming carbohydrates pre, during and post training/ race. Carbohydrates before exercise Carbohydrate intake prior to exercise has been shown to improve endurance capability. Eating […]


26 August 2016
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Carbohydrates in Sports Nutrition: Part 1

Low carb, high protein, high fat, train low, compete high….the list is endless. Not a day goes by in my practice that I don’t talk about importance and need for carbohydrates in a balanced diet.   Many athletes are confused about the amount of carbohydrate they need to support their training and to optimise their performance, […]


25 April 2016
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Physical Activity

Why get active? Regular physical activity is good for us.  Studies have shown that 30 minutes of activity five days a week helps prevent obesity, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and certain cancers. For example, 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day, like a brisk walk, can reduce your risk of a heart attack by […]


10 February 2014
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Does food and/ or sugar addiction actually exist?

There has been more and more media attention regarding food and sugar addiction.  The South African government is now considering putting in a sugar tax to help combat obesity and obesity related diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure.  Does food and sugar addiction really exist or is this another excuse for the obesity […]


22 November 2013
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The foods I wouldn’t eat! Sarie Magazine

Sarie Magazine asked different dietitians which foods we would never eat.  For me its processed meats! Processed meats such as salami, polony, viennas, russians, sausages, canned/tinned meats, processed hamburger patties, chicken nuggets, etc are all processed meats which are frequently used for lunch time sandwiches/ meals. Besides processed meats being high in saturated fats which […]