Nutrition for an Ironman – The Most Important Discipline

Who will perform the strongest of the 127 Filipino strong contingent in Langkawi for the Malaysian Ironman? All 127 want to perform well, have fun and do their best possible time. For some that just might be 9:59:59 seconds. For others a mere one second before the cut-off time of 17 hours will be a wonderful achievement.

No matter how strong all the competing athletes are, if they do not have a good pre-race and during-race nutrition plan then their race will be adversely affected some how. Without a good nutrition plan then all the hours of dedicated training might be compromised.

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With friends Willy Yao, Berns Tan and Liu from China
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Top 10 Benefits of Competing in an Ironman Event

Just like the 120 Filipinos heading off to compete in Ironman Malaysia’s beautiful Langkawi this Saturday 27th of September you might also want to challenge yourself with an Ironman one day. Here are 10 reasons to do an Ironman for those considering it.

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Top 10 Reasons To Do An Ironman

1. The Joy Is The Journey Not Reaching The Final Destination

You will learn a lot about yourself by the time the announcer hails “You are an Ironman.” There will be tears, laughter, pain, joy and many more emotions. Each stroke, pedal and step can help make you a better and stronger person.

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Primed Mousse of Papaya and Saba Bananas infused with Cardamom and Kaffir Lime Leaves

Our Primed Mousse has been one of our popular recipes as it is a perfect snack and great for dessert too. Whilst extremely nutritious it also has a natural sweetness from the prunes.

This new Primed Mousse is less sweet but equally nutritious with fabulous health benefits from the papaya, saba bananas, mineral and vitamin dense spice cardamom and kaffir leaves. It is also delicious, refreshing and great sprinkled with crushed nuts.

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Marathon Friend’s Running Tips – Alvin Balderama and Eugene Yasay

The first two parts of our series of Marathon Friend’s Running Tips highlighted the power of positivity, home-made gels and toilet strategies! Now we hear from our trail running pal Alvin from Pimco Sporting Events and Eugene.

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Marathon Friend’s Running Tips – Berns Tan and Karen Reimann

The first part of our series of Marathon Friend’s Running Tips was thanks to our good friend Raul Concepcion aka the Running Shield where we learned about the power of positive thinking in terms of appreciating the challenges along the way so as to make the victory of finishing a marathon so much sweeter in the end.

Now it is time for some marathon tips brought to you by Filipina Berns Tan and Australian Karen Reimann.

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Are Grains Fattening You Up Like Wagyu Cow, Pig or Human?

Wagyu simply means Japanese (Wa) cattle (gyu). The farmers rely on hormones and grains to bulk up their cattle with a resulting softness of the sub-cutaneous pure white fat. The average Wagyu steer carcass contains about 35% fat, in some cases fat can constitute more than 40% of the carcass. Wagyu beer Wagyu cows eating grain

The cattle even get beer to stimulate their appetite whilst simultaneously deliberately restricting their exercise to prevent muscle toughness. http://www.luciesfarm.com/artman/publish/article_39.shtml

Eat Your Greens

Farmers who engage in the practice of raising their livestock on grass get more beef per pound compared with grain fed livestock since the grain fed livestock end up with significantly more fat than those which are able to eat grass.

How To Be Leaner – Eat Greens, not Grains

When you eat a lot of grains you are continuously spiking your blood sugar levels, which then stimulates your appetite so that you eat more. What’s worse is that you never feel as satiated compared to eating good fats, proteins and vegetables. As a result you then consume more throughout the day. To be leaner, like the grass fed cows, eat your greens, do some exercise and leave the grains for the Wagyu. Primed_for_your_life_bread_sundried_tomato_tapenade

The Final Word: “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” Hippocrates circa 400 BC

Primed Tanigue Kinilaw with Extra Vegetables and Avocado

Kinilaw (also known as Kalawin) is my favorite Primed Filipino dish to prepare and eat. It is a dish loaded with Omega 3, vitamins and minerals and is delicious by itself or served on avocado chunks, kangkong leaves and even wrapped in cabbage leaves. My fondest memories of enjoying this dish was way back in 2002 whilst watching the Football World Cup with Chef Cyrille at the InterContinetal Manila.

It is quite a simple dish to prepare as all you need are fresh ingredients and a sharp knife.

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