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Spirulina: Superfood plant protein

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Potent, concentrated & nutrient-dense

Spiru-whata you say? Spirulina is a blue-green algae grown in warm, alkaline waters around the globe. It is dried and sold in a powder, pill or flake form at your local health food store.

With over 60% protein, Spirulina has the highest percentage of complete protein by weight of any food on earth— no shit Sherlock! The protein in Spirulina is also very bioavailable (meaning easily absorbed in the body), it contains all essential amino acids and none of the artery-clogging cholesterol you get with animal protein. Studies have also established a strong correlation between Spirulina intake giving enhanced endurance and expedited recovery—perfect for athletes!

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Health Tips/ Nutrition for Sport/ Wellness

Healthy vs. Unhealthy Fats & Oils

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In order to flourish, you must nourish

If you want to thrive in your body, you need to fuel your body with the right stuff, and the types of fat you consume is critical. Fats provide energy for your body and are necessary for the growth and development of your brain, hormone production, blood clotting, skin maintenance and transporting/absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.

It can be quite confusing what fats are actually good for you, so let’s make our way out of the woods and understand what the heck it all means, what fats help you live lean and light, fight illness and which ones contribute to adverse affects and weight gain. Continue Reading…

Health Tips/ Perseverance/ Wellness/ Zesty Adventures

Concussion Recovery: The Zesty Life TBI rehab strategy

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What to do when your melon gets whacked

This summer an unexpected waterskiing accident left me with severe whiplash, five stitches in the back of my skull, a compressed occipital nerve, a puncture in my neck that nearly hit an artery, a punctured eardrum and a pretty nasty concussion.

Concussions suck. They demand a lengthy recovery, prolonged down time and they affect many aspects of your life including mobility, career, relationships and finances. Mild traumatic brain injuries (also called TBI’s) an invisible injury that has no fixed timeline for recovery—Now, before you get too meloncholy, I’ve got some tips that helped me get through my concussion in about four weeks. Continue Reading…

Nutrition for Sport

Get yourself dialed: Nutrition tips for athletes

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Top up or blow up

Being an athlete requires peak fitness and a carefully honed diet. It’s not just about putting calories in your body, the best results will come when you focus on nutrient requirements to quickly repair and build muscles.

Between mental and emotional health, immune system, muscle recovery, sleep habits and heat tolerance, there are lots of things to consider. Here are a handful of suggestions to chew on.
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Breakfast/ Lunch/ Nutrition for Sport/ Recipes/ Snacks

Mango go! Pre-workout smoothie

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Hit your flow with Mango

A nutrient-packed smoothie can help you hydrate and prepare for some pedal-pushing power. Vital to a good workout is balanced and easily digested energy beforehand. It’s important to consider the type of workout you’re doing and the required levels of carbs and protein.

This Mango-go smoothie is the perfect setup for a shorter high-intensity workout with its blend of healthy complex carbohydrates and fibre, which supplement your glycogen stores. The banana, date and ginger fuel you with energy and vitamins and the chia seeds will give you a little kick of protein.

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Bowls/ Dinner/ Lunch/ Recipes

Miso Hungry: Recovery Protein & Electrolyte Bowl

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Ride strong, recover stronger

Physically and mentally drained after your sport, you walk through your door past your dog who’s furiously licking the sweat from your legs. You’re spent, but you know you have to muster the energy put together a post-workout recovery meal.

As the body loses electrolytes through sweat, you’ll feel symptoms like muscle cramps, fatigue, nausea, and mental confusion. And if you’re not replenishing with the right amount of carbs, electrolytes, fats, fluids and proteins you’ll experience increased muscle damage and free-radical buildup—Making you feel weaker and weaker with each sweat session.

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Bowls/ Dinner/ Lunch/ Recipes/ Vegetarian/ Vinaigrette

Turmeric up the Zen Sauce

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Feel like a winner with a vinaigrette that’s pure gold

Whether you’re an Olympic athlete or a weekend warrior, you can benefit from the healing power of this tasty Turmeric Vinaigrette.

Not only a mouth-watering combination to drizzle atop your favourite dishes, this Turmeric sauce provides an abundance of benefits capable of supporting cellular health, stabilizing mood, supporting the body’s natural healing abilities and balancing blood sugar. Continue Reading…