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171: Food is More Than Fuel

food nutrition Nov 26, 2020

For a distance runner, food is a source of energy before a workout.  It is vital nutrition during the long run.  It is a critical aspect of recovery following hard workouts.  On the other hand, food is so much more than macromolecules.  As much as food feeds our bodies, a meal can feed our mind and soul.  There is something about getting together over coffee, drinks, or a meal that draws people close.  When bonding over food, how important is the food?  Because food is more than just fuel. 


Highlights of the Episode


How to eat for endurance and stamina?

Is fasted training better?

Food connects people

Food as the focal point of family gatherings

How does eating together work in a year we are not supposed to gather?

What to do in the face of food temptation?

How does “mindful eating” work?


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035: Food Is More Than Fuel

food podcast May 10, 2018



 What is food?  Food is fuel, but food is so much more than just fuel.  Food describes who we are, where we come from, and how we live our lives.  The choices that we make about our food are far-reaching and say a lot about us.

 In today's episode we talk about: 

  • What is food?
  • How does food fuel us?
  • What else does food do besides just fuel us?
  • What is good nutrition?
  • How is good nutrition different for different people?
  • What does it mean for our food to be sustainable?
  • What are the two kinds of sustainability?
  • Is there one best diet?
  • How can we be more mindful about our food choices?

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031: Running for Weight Loss

food podcast running Apr 12, 2018



We all want to look good, feel strong, and be in good shape.  That's why a lot of people start running in the first place.  However, while some people naturally lose weight in the process, it's not so easy for others.

What gives?  If we start running, shouldn't the weight just fall off?  Unfortunately for most of us, that's not the case.  There are a lot of factors that go into our body weight, so changing one thing may or may not lead to weight loss.  Running alone does not guarantee weight loss and a thin body.  Look at the starting line of any marathon.  There are people of all shapes and sizes, all of them about to run the same distance, and most of them have been running and training for months or years for it.  Running alone does not lead to a certain body type, weight, or shape.  

Today we talk about the many, many factors that go into our body weight, and why running may or may not be the best avenue for...

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027: Current Eating Trends

food podcast Mar 15, 2018



There are so many terms floating around in the world of food nowadays - paleo, vegan, vegetarian, plant-based - what the heck do they all mean?  In this episode, we try to provide some clarity on several terms inside the food and diet community.  

As a teacher, I often get education companies emailing me about their products and one that caught my eye was a vocabulary company.  They asked what appeared like a simple multiple choice question, but had replaced some of the words in the question and answer section with new made-up words.  It did a great job of highlighting the importance of fundamental vocabulary knowledge before comprehension.

When trying to improve our health, we can get trapped in the confusing world of diet and exercise vocabulary.  Without an understanding of what the words mean and what the options are, how can one make an informed decision?  

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021: Why Calorie Counting Doesn't Work

food podcast Jan 26, 2018



We've all heard it before: to lose weight, we need to burn more calories than we consume.  We need to eat less and exercise more, right?  We gain weight because we eat too much, have lack of self-control, and just don't exercise enough.  Wrong!  

Weight control is about so much more than just calories in-calories out.  Sure, calorie restriction plans can work in the short term, but then why do 95% of all diets fail?  

Easy, because it's not sustainable.  Our bodies were designed to adapt.  If you keep restricting calories, your body will adapt and you will continue to keep cutting back calories to get the same results.  You can only cut back so far!  

There's also millions of other things at play, like our hormones, inflammation, stress, sleep, and life in general.  ALL of that plays a role in how our body either gains or loses weight.  

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009: Clean Eating: The Very First Steps

food podcast Nov 02, 2017



What is clean eating?  It's definitely a buzz word now and has become much more mainstream, but what exactly is it?

In this episode, we walk you through what clean eating is and why it is so important.  We tell you why we got into this whole thing, and share a little of our personal story as parents and as a person with ulcerative colitis.  Kevin will share what changing his diet has helped him to accomplish in regards to this diagnosis and his health.

Most importantly, we give you 4 early steps to take to start on your clean eating journey today.  



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002: Carbo-loading vs. Fat-adapted training: What's the right way and should you try it?

food podcast running Sep 28, 2017

So, what’s the deal with carbo loading?  Is it what we should be doing as runners?  If so, what’s the best (and worst way to do it?)  

Then there’s the new buzz in the running community about fat-adapted training, ketogenic diets, and becoming a “fat-adapted” athlete (or person in general).  What’s that all about?

There are a lot of runners out there that have the mindset, “I run a bunch, so I can eat whatever I want.”  Is that really the right mindset to have or could you really boost your performance and feel better while running by making some changes to your eating habits?  

Listen to today’s episode to hear all of this and more.  Overall, the key is what kind of running you are doing and what your goals are.  Elite marathoners trying to win the race will have different fueling needs than someone who has a goal of finishing the race.  We will give you the general guidelines and...

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Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes

food recipes Aug 22, 2016


These are so good!!  We have pancakes every Sunday, so today I thought I would mix it up and try a new recipe.  We were all glad that I did!  The soaked oats give it an awesome nutty flavor and more hearty texture.  

Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes

Makes about 12 pancakes.  I usually double the recipe and have leftovers to eat throughout the week!


  • 1 cup rolled oats, soaked overnight in milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 cup blueberries


  1. Heat griddle to medium-high.
  2.  Warm the milk for 45 sec in the microwave then warm coconut oil until it is liquified.  If you add the coconut oil to something cold, it will chunk up so make sure everything is at room temperature.
  3. Whisk egg.  Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined.
  4. Add in blueberries...
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No-Bake Peanut Butter Power Balls (A great after school snack!)

food recipes Aug 17, 2016


Are you looking for some healthy snack options for you and your kiddos to help you ditch the granola bars?  Check out these peanut butter power balls, made with just a few real food ingredients.  If you don't want to use peanut butter, feel free to substitute another nut butter (almond or cashew)! It's easy and fun for the kids to help make them too because they are a no-bake recipe.  My 6 year-old and 3 year-old made the batch pictured above.  Enjoy, but be warned...they're addictive!

 In a large bowl, combine:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients, roll into balls, put onto plate or baking sheet and freeze for one hour.  That's it!  No baking required!  Enjoy!!

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