Starches

 “Plant-based diets are naturally high in the most healthful forms of carbohydrates, helping athletes maximize glycogen stores, and allowing for harder work for longer periods of time.”
~Brenda Davis, RD

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One of the benefits of eating whole, unrefined, nutrient-dense foods pertains to its low impact on your digestive system and other biological functions.

Regular consumption of nutrient-dense whole foods supports cellular regeneration. This process is crucial for every aspect of health and vitality. Enjoyable snowshoeing depends on this process being sound.

High net-gain nutrition is the key—not calorie consumption guidelines.
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Self-Contained Perfection

“Beauty surrounds us.”
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Rumi
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Bananas rock!

Bananas represent one of the most remarkable and diverse foods on the planet.

Its unique blend of carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals provides fuel for energy via fast, efficient, and prolonged conversion.

Bananas are grouped with foods that have the highest glycemic index. The glycemic index is the rate at which carbohydrates (sugars) are assimilated.
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Lipid Management

“The part can never be well unless the whole is well.”
Plato
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All excess calories – no matter the source – become body fat.
You know where you stand regarding this issue.

Fat is comprised of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen – just like carbohydrate – but the quantity of carbon and hydrogen atoms far exceeds its oxygen counterpart. A gram of fat yields more than twice as many calories as a gram of either carbohydrate or protein.SM27

Like protein, fat is integrated into the membrane of every cell, and fulfills many vital physiological and structural purposes in your body.

Dietary fat insulates the body from exposure to low temperatures, lubricates your joints, mitigates organ trauma during concussive force, ensures the seamless function of endocrine glands and hormone production, and protects nerve tissue.

Dietary fat regulates blood pressure, heart rate, blood vessel constriction, blood clotting, and the nervous system. Dietary fat plays a role in the manner carbohydrate is utilized and serves as a source of energy when your carbohydrate supply is low.
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The Protein Factor

Life is a series of moments but the trick is to be in the moment.”
Richard Carlson
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Your body must direct as much blood as possible to your muscles to maximize snowshoeing proficiency. This is easily accomplished by the consumption of nutrient-dense plant-based foods. X1

‘One-step nutrition’ refers to foods that contain nutrients in a form instantly usable by your body. The term was coined by professional triathlete, author, and formulator of Vega nutritional products, Brendan Brazier. The key is to quickly pump oxygen and fuel to your musculature versus digestive processes.

The typical North American diet consists of foods that are neither easily assimilated nor readily usable by your body to fuel your muscles. This will sabotage your energy for snowshoeing because your body must first expend energy to break down nutrients in order for your body to use them.

This vicious cycle is a waste of time. Continue