Are you eating right for the slopes? How to stay on your skis and off of your face by eating the right food.

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Yes, it’s that time of year again here in fabulous Colorado.  Summer has come and gone, the aspens are changing color, we begin to feel the north winds blow and we look to Mt. Evans for that first glimpse of snow on the peaks that lets us know that ski season is rapidly approaching. 

For me it’s a special time of year. I’ve been skiing since I could walk and if I’m lucky I will spend my final days searching for one more powder run before my demise. 

As we age, it gets tougher and tougher to get in shape for ski season. Our bodies have aged another year and maybe we’ve kept up with our workout routine or maybe not. Our minds are there, but our bodies seem to lag a little bit behind. So  as we get older, how do we get an edge if we don’t have the time to train like an Olympic athlete?

Nutrition of course!

Let’s leave exercise behind for now because that’s a given. Did you know that eating the right foods can make or break your day on the slopes? I’m going to give some healthy tips that are going to enrich your skiing experience whether you’re a casual snow bunny or you’re in constant search for that deep powder utopia.

A day on the slopes can be an exhilarating and exhausting experience. Studies say that an hour of downhill skiing will burn approx. 3.9 calories per pound of body weight.  A 150lb person will burn 585 calories per hour. Also, shivering and involuntary muscle tightening to produce heat, burns additional calories which may cause you to hit the wall quicker.

Pre-ski Fueling

Proper fueling before you hit the first run of the day is critical. Failure to properly fuel up can effect your performance and increase your likelihood of injury. Skiers and snowboarders should consume about 400-900 protein/carb calories.  Here are some foods to consume for your pre-ski meal plan:

-Bananas-Potassium will prevent cramping.

-Berries and low sugar yogurt.

-A good nut butter, like raw almond and a multigrain  bagel.

-Eggs, meat, and nuts for protein.  Our bodies need fat and this a healthy way to get it.

-Energy bars-high protein/carbs, low sugar.  Be careful here.  Energy bars high in sugar and additives can actually be detrimental to your performance.  I would suggest these energy bars for optimal performance:

EVOhemp -Hemp seeds are one of the most nutritionally complete food sources in the world!

www.evohemp.com

ClifKITS Organic- certified organic, gluten free, soy free, dairy free

www.clifbar.com

Fuel on the slopes

Try to consume about 200 calories per hour while skiing. It’s always good to carry some nuts or dried fruit with you or a high quality energy bar.

If you take a break, consume warm energy food like soup, low sugar oatmeal or even hot cocoa made with cacao and coconut milk to keep your core warm.

Hydrate!

Not drinking enough water is the biggest mistake skiers and snowboarders can make. Dehydration leads to a decline in performance and actually decreases heat inside the body which can elevate the risk of frost bite. It’s recommended that you consume 4-8 ounces of water every 15 minutes.

Post Ski Refueling

After a full day of skiing/boarding your body is going to be calorie depleted. It’s imperative to replenish those calories. Refueling your body will lessen the energy drain from the day and will also get you ready for day #2 if you plan on hitting the slopes again. Start with liquid refueling. I personally enjoy a fine Colorado craft beer, but not too many! Continue to hydrate with water and also something warm like hot chocolate made with cacao and coconut milk. At mealtime, continue to balance carbs and protein. Fish, turkey, sweet potatoes, rice and plenty of green veggies are foods that will have you back in skiing shape in no time.

If your a powder hound like me, or just looking to make some turns and enjoy the great outdoors. Keeping yourself properly fueled through nutrition will positively enhance your on slope experience. Your body will thank you for it.

If you need additional nutrition guidance or more skiing tips, hit me up for a free health consultation “Here”

I’ll get you ready for the slopes and beyond.

Have a great ski season.  Make it fun and be safe.

Namaste y’all!

Bruce

It Matters where you get that bird

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The holidays are here and many of us are planning magnificent feasts for our families and friends. As we plan the menu it’s important that the centerpiece, the turkey is obtained from the right sources.  What do I mean by this? It matters where you get that bird! It matters for taste, your health and our planet.  Here are a few things to consider when buying your holiday turkey.

Naturally raised turkey’s are healthier for us -A turkey raised on a farm is in it’s natural environment, allowing it to roam freely and eat the grass and grubs it was meant to eat instead of unnatural grains filled with antibiotics and hormones which ultimately end up on our plates.

They taste better-Never tried an organic farm fresh turkey?  You don’t know what you’re missing.

Buy local-Support your local farmer and get a natural ethically raised turkey.

Help the environment-Factory farms harm our environment and are unsustainable.

Factory farms are unethical-Ask yourself; what would I rather eat? A turkey that spent it’s life in deplorable conditions where the best day of it’s life was the day it died? Or a turkey that was raised in a humane natural environment and given the life it deserves? I think you know the answer.

Choose a Heritage Turkey-There is a movement to bring back older varieties of turkey’s that were once native to the United States. These birds are naturally bred and genetically diverse thus ensuring survival of the species.  They are also superior in taste to factory farmed birds.

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for all that the year has brought us and the bounty before us.  Let’s make sure that we’re thanking the local farmers who work so hard to bring us healthy sustainable food.

Don’t forget to surround your turkey with wonderful healthy dishes this Thanksgiving.

If you’re looking for healthy recipes or healthy tips for the holidays, please contact me atwww.kriyaliving.com

Happy Thanksgiving and namaste!

Bruce

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I’m excited to announce my new program at Kriya Living – “Raw Vitality”

Raw Vitality is a holistic health system focusing on all areas of health to:

  • Reverse chronic health symptoms.
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  • Help individuals find and stay at their naturally balanced weight.
  • Increase energy, vitality and natural beauty.
Learn the eating and lifestyle practices to reverse and prevent chronic health conditions, heal, balance revitalize your body mind and spirit.Contact me “here” to learn more about the “Raw Vitality” 30 Day Total Health Transformation Program and Cleanse.I continue to expand my programs and offerings at www.kriyaliving.com.
If you’re looking to make some healthy changes in your life, why not join me for your own “Empower Your Health” strategy session today.

Have a great week and Namaste,

Bruce