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Happy 2018 from Nutripol! This week’s Think About It has been one of the most requested articles, presumably because Clif Bars® are a go-to snack (or meal, depending on whether it’s finals season or not) for almost everybody I know. They’re sold all over the world and have a pretty remarkable range of flavors, but what’s their nutritional value?
I’m home! After having the pleasure of spending the latter half of 2017 in the wonderful country of Australia, I’ve had a few weeks to re-adjust to life in this hemisphere and reflect on my time abroad. Don’t get me wrong -- I definitely missed some parts of home (pumpkin pie, anybody?). However, the Aussies were onto something in more ways than one, and we could certainly learn a thing or two from our Pacific ally when it comes to their general attitude towards food.
Eating disorders are one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States, affecting over 30 million Americans and killing at least one person every 62 minutes. Anorexia, or severely restricting food intake, and bulimia, or recurrent binge-eating followed by compensatory actions, are the two most well-known maladies, but recent years have seen a rise in a fairly new condition known as orthorexia.
It goes without saying that distance running is an energy-expensive sport. Recent estimates suggest that the energy cost is around 1.6 calories/kg of body weight/mile, or about 100 calories/mile for somebody my size. When I was training for my first marathon, I maxed out at 60 miles/week, which averages to an extra 6000 calories that I burned in addition to those consumed by my basal metabolism. But not all calories are created equal, so what are some of the most critical nutritional components to help your body run longer, recover faster, and train harder?
Happy Thanksgiving for those in America! Nutripol is about to be on a two week break (I’m going off the grid in Thailand!), but I thought I’d write another holiday-themed Think About It to tide you over until December. Learn all about why pumpkin pie is a fairly decent choice as far as dessert goes, as well as a few thoughts on some nutritional lessons I've learned from my time in Australia.