Be your healthiest, fittest, happiest in 2020

Everyone wants to be healthy, happy and fit. Getting there can be a challenge but making the right decisions is the key to success. Here are some of our tips to be your best in 2020:

  1. Stay motivated: Too many runners start the new year off strong and then give up running during the year. In order to stay on track you need achievable but challenging goals. Keeping track of your accomplishments and successes also inspires you to run more. Write down your goals and keep a log of your running (use an online service like Strava) to help you stay motivated this year.
  2. Run injury-free: This is a challenge for most runners and can ruin your entire year. Fortunately, most running injuries are preventable by learning and practicing your biomechanics and running technique. Training correctly is also important to prevent overuse injuries and having a proper training plan is essential. Finally, working on ‘pre-hab’ exercises 1-2 days a week is helpful.
  3. Train smarter, not harder: It’s our motto and by doing so you’ll be more successful, have more fun and get more results. Too many runners think they need to run more to do better and nothing could be farther from the truth. Your time is valuable and you don’t want to be wasting your time training without getting results. Rest days and the timing of your runs are so important for success. 3-5 days a week of running is optimal for most runners to get the best results. Make sure your days are purposeful and focus on quality runs.nobakemacacookies
  4. Have fun: If you aren’t having fun you aren’t running correctly. Enjoying running is essential for success and following the first 3 tips are important steps for every runner. If your running technique is good, your training plan is optimal and your goals are in your sights, you’ll deepen your love for running and be happier and healthier as a result. Set a goal or purpose for each of your runs and this will help give you a sense of accomplishment and looking forward to your next run.

Dark Chocolate Chip No-Bake Super Food Maca Truffle Bites

1/4 C SHREDDED COCONUT

1/3 C ALMOND FLOUR

2 T COCOA POWDER

3 T MACA POWDER

2 T PALM SUGAR OR DARK BROWN SUGAR

PINCH SEA SALT

2 T ALMOND BUTTER

1/2 T VANILLA EXTRACT

1/2 T COCONUT EXTRACT

3/4 MEDJOOL DATES, PITS REMOVED (ABOUT 6 LARGE)

1 3/4 OZ DARK CHOCOLATE, CHOPPED INTO SMALL CHUNKS (THE DARKER THE BETTER)

2 T COCOA NIBS

1/4 T WATER

Heat small frying pan over low heat and add the coconut, stirring constantly (about 1 minute). Toast lightly until coconut is amber in color. Coconut can burn very easily so make sure you pay attention to this step.

Place Medjool dates in a blender along with 1/4 c and blend on low setting gradually increasing until dates have been made into a paste. Add the toasted coconut, almond flour, cocoa powder, Maca, palm sugar and sea salt and keep blending on low. Then add the almond butter, vanilla and coconut extract until a dough has formed.

Stop the machine and check the consistency. The dough should stick together easily between two fingers when pinched. You may need to add water if the dough is too dry, but only dd 1/4 t at a time. If too wet, add additional almond flour. again in small amounts.

Transfer to a bowl and mix in the dark chocolate chunks and cocoa nibs. Using clean hands, grab about a T at a time and roll together to form a tight ball.

Keep cool in fridge until ready to serve. (I like to freeze mine in parchment paper and save for a healthy after dinner bite). Makes about 1 1/2 dozen and only takes about 15 minutes to prepare.

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Happy New Year,

Damian & Lindsey

Nutrition & Performance Tips for Athletes

What and when you eat is important for maximizing performance, recovery and overall health. Here are some nutrition tips for increasing energy, improving overall health and boosting performance.

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  1. Eat a recovery meal within 30 minutes of all of your workouts. The ideal post-workout macronutrient ratio is 4:1 of carbohydrate:protein. Try our performance smoothie recipe below for optimal recovery.
  2. Eating a mostly whole foods, plant-based diet will improve performance and recovery by increasing your intake of phytonutrients, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory foods.
  3. Incorporating specific foods such as turmeric, ginger and chia seeds help reduce inflammation and speed up the recovery process.
  4. Whole, plant foods are nutrient dense and relatively low in calories. This is beneficial for weight loss but be sure to eat a higher volume to ensure optimal health and performance when training. Focus on high quality foods to fuel your body and increase energy.

Quick, easy smoothie recipe for optimal performance & recovery:kale-berry-smoothie

12 oz plant-based milk
2 T chia or flax seeds
2 ripe bananas
1 cup fresh or frozen mixed berries
1/2 inch slice of fresh ginger
1/4 inch slice of fresh turmeric
1 cup spinach or kale

Mix in blender & enjoy within 30 minutes of your workout

Happy Running,

Lindsey Hintz, M.S. Nutrition for Sports Performance

Pre-Workout & Race Smoothie Recipe

What AND when you eat before a run is important especially if it’s a workout or race. Digestive problems are an all too common issue for runners during a run. That’s the last thing you want especially during a race! Needing to go to the bathroom, nausea and cramping can all be prevented if you eat correctly.

Your meal needs to be easy to digest, familiar to your body, timed correctly and provide the proper nutrients for you to run well.

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An ‘athlete inspired’ smoothie can be the perfect pre-run choice because it is easy to digest and provides a high amount of complex carbohydrates to fuel your run. Ideally, you want to eat your meal at least 2-3 hours before your run to allow your body time to process what you eat. Make sure you try out any new recipe well in advance of a race to make sure it is compatible with your body. Finally, adding specific ingredients to your meal can help you improve your performance.

Give our ‘athlete inspired’ pre-race smoothie recipe a try before your next run and feel how it improves your performance. It’s quick and easy to digest and gives you the energy you need for your run. The beets provide nitrates that are scientifically proven to enhance performance. The berries and optional ginger and turmeric provide anti-oxidants and decrease inflammation.

12 oz water or almond milk
1/4 cup fresh beet chopped
2 medium bananas
1 cup fresh or frozen berries
1/4 inch slice of fresh ginger (optional)
1/4 inch slice of fresh turmeric (optional)

Put ingredients in blender until thoroughly blended and enjoy 2 hours before your run.

Happy Running,

Lindsey Hintz, M.S. Nutrition for Sports Performance

Last Minute Holiday Gifts & Giveaway

Give the gift of joy and health with one of our Gift Certificates for Online Coaching. They can be used at anytime.

It’s your last chance to win these 4 amazing Flora products to help fight off cold & flu! We’ll select one winner this Sunday evening. To be entered to win, just head over and ‘like’ our Facebook post.

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Happy Holidays,

Damian & Lindsey

 

 

Training Tips & Recipe

Get the most out of your training with these important yet often forgotten training tips:

  1. Run with purpose: Each of your runs should have purpose. For example, you or your coach may set the purpose of a run to be an easy or active recovery day, a specific workout or a run to have fun and just enjoy the feeling of running. Setting a purpose for each run keeps you motivated and on track to reach your longer term goals.
  2. Run slower to run faster: That’s right!  Most of your runs should be at YOUR easy pace. For some people this may include walk breaks which is totally fine. Making sure your easy days are easy ensures your ‘hard’ or workout days go well and you progressively get better and running gets easier.
  3. Recover well: Too many runners underestimate the recovery process. Making sure you have specific recovery days (this may include active recovery for some runners and at specific times) ensures that you get stronger and progress. Also, doing the right things before and after runs ensures your running is enjoyable and goes well (nutrition, stretching etc)
  4. Train cyclically: Mix up your routine! If you want to get better or have running be easier, you have to mix up your runs not just weekly but monthly. For example, you may have one ‘rest’ or easy week a month. Having a coach ensures you train well and progress. Doing so will ensure that you progress and do not get bored or stagnate in your performance.

    Get a personalized training plan, nutritional coaching, motivation & support, technique analysis and so much more. Just click here to get started!

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Easy Post-Run Recovery Recipe (and you won’t even taste the kale!)

16 oz water or soymilk
1 cup fresh, raw leaves of kale
1 T chia seeds
1 T flax seed
1 scoop Hammer Vegan Protein powder
1 T maca
1 ripe banana
1 cup fresh or frozen mixed berries
1 T Flora Greens

Happy Running,

Damian & Lindsey

 

 

Get a FREE Month of Online Coaching

We are celebrating our 9th year of helping runners do what they love. As a thank you to our supporters, we are offering a FREE month of online coaching when you purchase a 3 or 6-month training plan. Packages may be used anytime but must be purchased by 5/19/18.

Our coaching packages are personalized for EVERY level of runner. You get:

  • Custom, individualized training plans:  Run smarter, not harder and save time while running your best
  • Run better, more efficient & pain-free with our Injury Prevention & Performance Enhancement Plans
  • Nutritional Coaching: Lose weight, increase energy and feel better
  • Race Planning: Learn how to optimally prepare and perform at any distance
  • Runner Specific Exercises:  Simple & personalized
  • Online Video Analysis
  • Encouragement, support and motivation the entire way

Online coaching also includes optional weekly phone or Skype calls and unlimited email communications. Professional runners Damian and Lindsey give you detailed and quick responses to all your questions and dedicated support during your entire plan. Everything you need to be your best is included.

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Increase Your Performance, Recovery and Energy

The foods you eat can greatly enhance your well being. Check out our list of 5 foods you can easily add into your daily diet to run and feel better.

1. Beets are scientifically proven to increase performance. Eat them fresh or conviently put Flora Red Beet Crystals into a smoothie.

2. Chia seeds are high in omega-3’s which reduce inflammation naturally. Also, just 2 tbsp of chia seeds give you the following RDA’s: 13% calcium, 41% iron, 19% magnesium and 20% selenium.

3. Quinoa is a staple in our diets. Just 1 cup of quinoa provides 39% B6, 22% folate, 75% iron, 47% magnesium and 27% zinc for your RDA and is only 222 calories. That is nutrient dense!

4. Goji berries are a superfood high in nutrients and one of the world’s highest sources of antioxidants. Goji berries are also an adaptogen that improves stamina and increases energy. Our favorite are Flora’s Heaven Mountain Goji Berries.

5. Sweet potatoes are another staple in our diet. The Okinawan’s, some of the longest living people’s on the planet, diet consisted of about 67% sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are nutrient dense and super tasty.

Lindsey’s favorite smoothie recipe:

1 banana

2 T chia seeds

1 cup mixed berries

1 scoop Flora Beet Crystals

1 cup mixed greens

12 oz water or soy millk

handful of Flora goji berries

 

-Lindsey Hintz, M.S. in Holistic Nutrition and certified in Plant-based Nutrition from the T. Colin Cambell Center for Nutritional Studies at Cornell, the founder of Wholicious Living and an elite runner

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Delicious Super Food Recipe (Dark chocolate maca truffles)

We at Wholistic Running love to bring runners every advantage to better running…especially when it’s delicious. Enjoy this amazing recipe for dark chocolate maca truffles!

Maca is a powerful adaptogen, which is the main reason we consume this superfood on a regular basis, especially during heavy training and racing periods. Adaptogens help to diminish the affects of stress by aiding in the regeneration of the adrenal glands and tired muscle tissue. This in turn helps to recover more quickly so we are able to do more high quality workouts. It also helps to improve the quality of sleep by lowering cortisol levels. Another reason I consume maca is for its natural energy boosting abilities by nourishing the body, not adding stimulation. You can actually feel it working.

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Dark Chocolate Chip No-Bake Maca Truffle Bites

1/4 C SHREDDED COCONUT

1/3 C ALMOND FLOUR

2 T COCOA POWDER

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Run Smarter & Run Better

To run ‘better’ means something different for every person. For some it means running faster, farther or to set personal records. For some it means running pain-free with more joy and freedom. For you to run YOUR best, contrary to popular belief, your best results come from running smarter, not harder.

What does running smarter mean?

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