Chia for the Win?

Filed under: Nutrition, Training

EC sent me a Pubmed link to a pretty interesting study recently performed at the Human Performance Laboratory at The University of Alabama.

In this study they took six highly trained endurance athletes and had them carb load for several days prior to testing.

First the group was given its extra carbs for the loading from Gatorade. Then a few weeks later they were given half of their loading carbs form chia seeds, and the other half from Gatorade. Both of the treatments had their carb-loading based on subject bodyweight, so that their intakes were isocaloric.

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Posted on March 10th, 2011 by Brian St. Pierre

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BSP on the Web

Filed under: Nutrition

Jim “Smitty” Smith, creator of Accelerated Muscular Development, will be running a 6 part series of nutrition tips and guidelines from yours truly on his fantastic blog.

You guys can check out the first tip right HERE.

Alright, I am off to do some more thesis research on fructans in wheat!

Posted on March 9th, 2011 by Brian St. Pierre

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Some Thoughts on the Paleo Diet

Filed under: Nutrition

I have had several requests recently from readers to comment on the Paleo diet that seems to be all the rage in many internet nutrition communities these days.

First lets try to define what the Paleo diet is, as there seems to be several variations of it.

According to Wikipedia:

“The modern dietary regimen known as the Paleolithic diet (abbreviated paleo diet or paleodiet), also popularly referred to as the caveman dietStone Age diet and hunter-gatherer diet, is a nutritional plan based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various human species habitually consumed during the Paleolithic era—a period of about 2.5 million years duration that ended around 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture. In common usage, such terms as the “Paleolithic diet” also refer to the actual ancestral human diet. Centered on commonly available modern foods, the “contemporary” Paleolithic diet consists mainly of meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, salt, refined sugar, and processed oils”

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Posted on March 8th, 2011 by Brian St. Pierre


A Day in the Life

Filed under: Nutrition

It has been a while since I posted one of these, and I also wanted to share an example of a day when I don’t train. Most of my other examples have been on training days.

In addition I am currently playing around with eating only 4 meals per day, rather than 5. It is working out very nicely so far, and allows me to spend a little less time on food prep, which is also nice.

Wake @ 5:15

Breakfast @ 5:30

  • ½ tbsp grass-fed butter from a local farm
  • 5 whole pastured eggs from a local farm
  • 2 slices Ezekiel sesame sprouted grain toast
  • 2 tsp Betsy’s of Maine Organic Apple Butter (organic – apples, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves)
  • 1 banana
  • 2oz POM Wonderful pomegranate juice
  • 1 glass water
  • 20oz black coffee
  • 1 multivitamin
  • 2,000IU vitamin D
  • 1 tsp Carlson’s fish oil
  • 1 probiotic

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Posted on March 5th, 2011 by Brian St. Pierre


Digging Through the Archives

Filed under: General Health, Nutrition

I like to post these Digging Through the Archives blogs from time to time, as I know it can be easy to forget stuff you have read before, or maybe you missed some of these posts. Unless you read my stuff religiously, it can be tough to keep up!

Plus, it is often a good refresher for me, as sometimes even I forget some of the things I have written about in the past!

Snacks from the Past – this is a simple but often forgotten snack that I think more people would love to put back in their diet – Ants on a Log! I not only provide a recipe, I give you all of the health benefits associated with each food.

Why Eggs Prevent Heart Disease – this is one of my best blog posts ever in my opinion. While not a comprehensive review of the health benefits of eggs, that would go beyond the scope of this blog, it delves into several components of eggs and why the prevent heart disease.

More Good News for Grass-fed Meat – I discuss some sweet research showing that consuming grass-fed meat compared to grain-fed meat was able to raise levels of omega-3′s in the participants. Many people try to claim that difference in omega-3 content between the two meats is negligible, this study proved them wrong.

Posted on March 2nd, 2011 by Brian St. Pierre

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