Getting your diet back on track

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Our most recent coaches corner podcast discussed “getting your diet back on track” as the intro topic.

I did my best to give you some practical tips, sensible questions to ask yourself, and actionable advice for bringing your diet back inline with your training goals.

This topic is something very relevant to those athletes in the midst of their race preparation season; where the race is still a little while off, and motivation for diet dictatorship has slipped, resulting in a (slight) deviation from the clean eating you started off with.

None of us are perfect; and perfection isn’t something that I recommend as it is linked with obsessive eating and exercise tendencies and these are a product of unhappiness to be honest. When the balance goes obsessive tendencies start to appear. there is only so long that you can hold yourself to dogmatic diet practices; something gives.

What you…

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Good articles on vaccines

Firstly this exceptionally honest and non biased medical article came into my sphere of awareness today. it is a good read.

This is the link here:

Vaccines are argued by people who hang on to an extreme view either side instead of a middle ground that accepts the pros and cons and that we have a lot more research to do. This specially relates to why some population groups are susceptible to side effects (? genetics? gut microbiome? impact of multiple vaccines, adjuvant side effects etc) and why the vaccines may be impacting the development of natural immunity to the right things and so on. We have a lot of questions in the field of vaccine science and to claim that vaccines are safe is not a done deal at all!

We don’t know enough… and we know quite a bit, and we need to know more to protect sensitive populations from extreme and life changing adverse effects. Period. Don’t argue here… just read and add it to your repertoire of knowledge…

Here is the link again:

Statement on Federal Vaccine Mandates

And this science article documents some of the areas we must keep exploring… it is also a good but complex read; because it is complex! This is the type of reading I suspect many on the PRO fence are not reading.

Adversomics: a new paradigm for vaccine safety and design

Jennifer A. Whitaker, MD, MSc,1,3,4 Inna G. Ovsyannikova, PhD,1,2,3 and Gregory A. Poland, MD1,2,3,4,*

Summary

Despite the enormous population benefits of routine vaccination, vaccine adverse events and reactions, whether real or perceived, have posed one of the greatest barriers to vaccine acceptance—and thus to infectious disease prevention—worldwide. A truly integrated clinical, translational, and basic science approach is required to understand the mechanisms behind vaccine adverse events, predict them, and then apply this knowledge to new vaccine design approaches that decrease, or avoid, these events. The term “adversomics” was first introduced in 2009 and refers to the study of vaccine adverse reactions using immunogenomics and systems biology approaches. In this review, we present the current state of adversomics research, review known associations and mechanisms of vaccine adverse events/reactions, and outline a plan for the further development of this emerging research field.

Full link here

Thanks for opening your mind.

Andrea x

What’s so good about menstrual cycles?

Great article, worth a read if you work with athletes or are an athlete with ongoing issues with your menstrual cycle. Unfortunately it is not ok to not have periods. Long term amenorrhoea can have consequences in many body systems. It is important that we determine why there are issues and then go from there.
Andrea

Nicky Keay Fitness

Menstrual periods are a barometer of healthy hormones. The evolutionary purpose of ovulation is to reproduce. Furthermore the carefully biologically choreographed variation of hormones that occurs during an ovulatory menstrual cycle is crucial to health and athletic performance.

Why? Hormones are chemical messengers that have far reaching effects throughout the body and drive the beneficial adaptations to exercise. In the case of menstrual cycles, the fluctuations of oestrogen and progesterone are key to this process. The effects of these sex steroids go far beyond reproduction. These hormones play important roles in bone strength, cardiovascular health, optimal lipid profile and production of neurotransmitters to regulate mood. The effects of low levels of oestrogen and progesterone are well documented in menopausal women who experience loss in bone mass, risk of osteoporosis and fracture, together with an increase risk of cardiovascular disease.

Some definitions

Amenorrhoea=lack of menstrual cycles

Menarche= start of…

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very important article on stress, resilience and the gut microbiota

If ever you doubted the important interactions between the diet, pathogens, the gut microbiota and our own attitude to and skills developed to counter stress then this article shines a light on all these topics of huge importance.

The gut is the first place I explore with almost every client with chronic health issues, because it is usually the start of where many health issues unravel.

stress-induced variations in the gut microbiota can modulate final resilience outcomes, particularly in terms of mental health.”

How science shows that nutrition, the gut microbiota and immunity can improve resilience

 

Kona headwind; Coaches Corner #44

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Another super Coaches corner podcast; Click here to listen us chat about running etiquette, and answering an athletes question about how to tackle Kona headwinds.

Garron Mosley who will race AG 40-44

As ever the podcast is a fun one!

Here is a link to my youtube playlist from Ironman World championships 2016; there are lots of helpful tips in there for athletes as well as footage of this stunning and special island.

And here is another handy video clip about cycling in the wind

Love you all,
Andrea

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