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He-Said-She-Said Volume 1




Q: Cory, I overheard a couple of members in the gym talking about something called "cross-training". They both looked really fit. Can you please explain what the term "cross-training" means?

Dressing for Success


Salad dressings and sauces have a long and colourful history, dating back to ancient times. The Chinese have been using soy sauce for 5,000 years; the Babylonians used oil and vinegar for dressing greens nearly 2,000 years ago; and the ever-popular Worcestershire was derived from a sauce used since the days of Caesar.

Alpha-Lipoic Acid

Identified originally in 1937 as a "potato growth factor", alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is a real biochemical work horse. As a vitamin-like substance which contains sulfur, it works with thiamin (B1)and niacin (B3) as a cofactor in reactions which produce ATP, the body’s primary energy currency.

Cell Phones

Cell-U-itus [a complex neurological syndrome caused by excessive use of wireless mobile cell phone technology; symptoms include brain inflammation, addictive-compulsive obsession, dependence, anxiety, depression and unusual or aberrant-like behavior].

The cell phone is a primitive communication device that exists on the frontier of modern technology, a diamond yet to be cut and polished. It is both a phenomenon and an institution, and for the majority of those who possess one, a habit turned vice.

Adrenal Exhaustion

To cope with stress, Nature equips every newborn with a pair of fresh young adrenal glands, packed full of vitamin C, potassium, zinc, pantothenic acid (B5) and essential fatty acids. Each adrenal gland is nestled on the upper inner surface of each kidney and consists of an outer larger portion, called the cortex, and an inner portion referred to as the medulla.

Although the cortex and medulla are integrated by structure, these two regions are completely separate in function.

A Glossary of Terms

Sport nutrition is a separate category complete with its own unique language. It is loaded with technical terminology and mixed with its own brand of vernacular and slang. It also differs from sport to sport and from country to country, just as the dialect of English also varies between England and America, or from one region of Canada to another.

Ballroom Dancing: Hot Cha Cha!



"First the music then the dance". It may take a few private lessons to distinguish one rhythm from another, but dancing on time to the beat of the drum is really what it’s all about. Hopefully you enjoy music. It will make the arduous process a lot more fun and how exciting to learn that your favorite song is a Cha Cha or Foxtrot! It truly opens up a new world of music appreciation.

12 Variables That Influence Human Performance

Proper nutrition forms the foundation for every cell, and good performance is dependent on the integrity of our entire cellular matrix. Recognizing this principle is a tenet of sports nutrition. The human body is capable of amazing feats of strength, stamina and flexibility, but it's always susceptible to mental and physical fatigue, burnout, and injury.

Getting back to the basics, training with motivation and intensity, and maintaining a positive, balanced state of mind is essential to overall health and well-being.

Winning

Here's an interesting observation. Not one rule book on any sport in the world states that the object of the game is to "win". For example, the official 2009-2011 rule book of USA Hockey states the following, "The goal of USA Hockey is to promote a safe and positive playing environment for all participants while continuing to focus on skill development and enjoyment of the sport."

The ABCs of Sports Nutrition

A is for Action, the third and final step in my three step personal plan for success. Without action nothing gets done. Action completes the sequence. It's what separates the wheat from the chaff. We can dream and think till the cows come home, but in the final analysis the work has to be done.

We have to DO, but of course we have to know exactly what we're doing and why, because it's part of our plan, conceived by thought and justified by reason.

The Athlete's Food Pyramid




A biologically and genomically superior human food guide alternative to the Canada Food Guide and the USDA Food Pyramid (MyPlate)

Smart Fats for Active Lifestyles

For many years now the Canadian Health Food Industry has been urging all of us to increase our intake of omega-3 fatty acids (linolenic acid, EPA & DHA) — either through consuming more fish, Krill, wild game and deep green leafy vegetables, and/or by using the fresh organic seed oils of flax (linseed), hemp, soy, pumpkin, walnut, chia, kukui and canola.

The Rules of the Game (Part 1)

The best diet in the world cannot get you in shape or prevent the loss of muscle mass caused by sedentary living (sarcopenia). By itself, whole organic food cannot raise your vital capacity, preserve bone mass, strengthen your biceps or save your neuromuscular system from premature degeneration. YOU MUST EXERCISE and you must do it right.

Without motion, you will lose the battle against oxidative damage and gravity long before your time. Guaranteed.

Four Eggs A Day

I love eggs. Poached (never fried) with a touch of ghee and a dash of fresh ground pepper. Four large whole eggs a day. The exception is when I'm preparing for a bodybuilding competition. Then it's no egg yolks and a low fat focus for 100 days out to squeeze my bodyfat down to less than 5 percent. This rule applies to anyone who would like to reduce bodyfat.

You have to limit your intake of carbs and fats to force your body to use stored bodyfat as a fuel source, and this is tricky when resistance training and cardio is performed everyday.

A Journey of Self-Discovery

As a naturopath committed to reason, and a health consultant specializing in human performance and clinical sports nutrition, I routinely manage a wide variety of clients who vary greatly in body chemistry, origin of descent, body composition and knowledge in health, fitness and nutrition. On a one-to-one basis, my initial goal is to determine their present functional health status and physical condition.

This is achieved through a personal interview and a wide variety of health assessments and screening procedures.

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