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Fitness Swellness: #KeepSweating Summer of Sweat post-run hydration

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I’ve got five days to go until my Summer of Sweat goal race, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday, October 18th. How am I feeling? Anxious as ever; and that’s nothing new. I always get stressed out before a race, but this time it’s different. I think I’l have to adjust my goal significantly. But sometimes you can surprise yourself on race day. Everything might fall together wonderfully, as it did for me last year at the Chicago Marathon.

I’ll fill in you in in my final blog post, my post-race wrap up, but today I wanted to talk about my new post-run hydration regimen.

The best part of this Summer of Sweat goal thus far is how it’s forced me to focus on hydration during and after my runs (I still struggle with hydrating regularly when not working out, doh!). I’ve already shared how I’ve been hydrating during my actual runs, but a brand new element to my training regimen is how I’m hydrating after my run. Usually, as I’m checking my overall time and pace on my app after a run, I finish drinking the sports drink I have with me in my fuel belt (it’s been Gatorade Thirst Quencher all summer) and then as soon as I get home, I grab a protein shake, like a Gatorade Protein Shake from my fridge.


Designed to help recovery, the Protein Shakes, when icy cold out of the refrigerator, are a welcome (after a sweaty run!), and easy way to get some protein and carbs consumed right away. The little tears in our muscles caused by exercise use protein to help rebuild so the sooner you can get some protein into your system, the sooner your muscles starts to repair themselves (Check out www.gatorade.ca for more information on protein’s role in recovery). Protein drinks like Gatorade Protein Shake have 45 grams of carbs (For a closer look at how carbs can help you recover following a workout, visit www.gatorade.ca) I prefer the chocolate shake over the vanilla (To me, it basically tastes like a slightly thicker chocolate milk), and after I down it, I hop into the shower (my Summer of Sweat training leaves me drenched in sweat!) and then put on something cozy to wear as I eat a proper meal (usually something fairly healthy — I sometimes feel too guilty to chow down on something crazy fatty and sugary when I feel so strong and accomplished post-run; don’t get me wrong, I’ve done it, but not all the time). Then, more often than not, I have a nap.


Stay tuned to my Twitter and Instagram for more sweaty updates this week leading up to and, of course, on race day, October 18th! I’ll have my race report up on the blog the week of October 19th.

Please send good energy my way, I could use as much as I can get for the race, and come out to cheer the thousands of runners that day if you’re in Toronto! Your support, funny signs and high fives really do make a big difference for us runners!


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I told you I sweat A LOT.

Leave a Comment October 13, 2015

Healthy Swellness: Nuts about nuts

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When I interviewed chef Scott Conant a couple of years ago, he told me about his guilty food pleasure: peanut butter. Not some fancy, organic, all-natural kind, but one of the varieties you’ll find on every grocery shelf – it’s probably the one you enjoyed as a kid.

Are peanuts an essential for you, too? Do you devour it the way those contestants on Survivor do when they get some PB as a food reward? They’re all over it like Kanye is Kim, but I guess being deprived of food and flavour for weeks will do that to you.

I always have peanuts and peanut butter at home, and I eat it at least once a week—on toast or a bagel before I go for a run, or with chocolate when I’m craving something sweet, or sometimes I add them to açai bowls or salads for a bit of crunch. Maybe it’s my Quebec roots showing—did you know Quebec residents are more likely to eat peanut butter at least weekly than the rest of Canada? (85 percent compared to 78 percent.)

I know I turn to peanuts as a simple way to get some protein, but that’s not the only thing great about them:

  • Peanuts are a natural source of heart-healthy plant sterols
  • A handful of peanuts as a snack will not only make you feel full, but it’s packed with vitamins and minerals including fibre, folate, vitamin E, magnesium, zinc and selenium
  • Peanuts are naturally sodium-free (that’d be the unsalted variety—in case that wasn’t obvious…).
  • Peanuts are cholesterol-free.

All this talk about peanuts giving you a nutty craving? Check next week for a healthy salad recipe I think you’ll love!

P.S. For more healthy info  on peanuts and about different peanut varieties, head on over to the Peanut Bureau for a visit.

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Leave a Comment August 18, 2014

Healthy Swellness: Pro protein-rich breakfast


Greek yogurt. Bacon. Eggs. Sausages.

All typical breakfast foods for me. Not altogether. Ick. Although I suppose if you threw it all into a burrito with some salsa, it’d work together tastily (I sub yogurt for sour cream all the time, after all).


On second thought: yum.

In any case, they are all good foods for the first meal of the day according to some new research. A study has found that a protein-rich breakfast (and those foods boast protein) helps reduce snacking on junky high-fat, high-sugar foods at night. So catch up on Scandal sans bag of potato chips, fancy that. They don’t have to go hand in hand.

(Greek yogurt with berries, toasted oats and pecans, Eat Like a Girl

3 Comments April 3, 2013

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