Author Archives: Sunny Blende

Sunny Blende

Fiber – Friend And Foe To The Ultrarunner

When fiber is mentioned in conversation, there is usually a pause – then everyone has an opinion. We know that fiber is healthy; after all, fiber decreases transit time through the gut. And we know it can cause ultrarunners problems during a race; after all, fiber decreases transit time through the gut! So which is

Metabolic Efficency

Metabolic Efficiency: Becoming A “Better-Butter-Burner”

For those of you who are totally lean, terrific fat burners and never have any GI issues, stop reading this article. But for those of you who want to become, in the words of former fitness expert Covert Bailey, a “better-butter-burner,” read on.

Sunny Blende

Nutrition and Your Mental Edge – Fueling Your Attitude

Food for Thought – Ultrarunning requires some mental stamina and the question, “Can we feed the mind with any special nutrition?” seems intriguing. Certainly lack of food can produce some pretty negative thoughts and a bad attitude, but is there some food that can help us think positive thoughts and improve our race strategies and therefore

Fueling Rim to Rim to Rim in the Grand Canyon

September 27, 2008 was the day that three of my Northern California friends (Ana Braga-Levaggi, Janet Bodle, and Pam Jolliffe) had picked to run Rim to Rim to Rim in the Grand Canyon. Chris Muller, photographer and fellow ultrarunner from Southern California joined us. I was doing some nutrition research to see what foods/products/liquids and

Read Those Labels

Nutritionists often talk about reading labels, encouraging you to look for healthy ingredients and recognizable foods that are close to their original source, such as whole wheat instead of white flour. But what happens when you pick up a packet of gel, a sports bar or a canister of powdered fuel? The ingredients read more

Nutritional Support for Sport Injuries – Eating your Way to Recovery

You’re an ultrarunner and you have an injury. Bad combination for training, not to mention your sanity. While ice, rest and physical therapy are significant in the treatment of cuts, bruises, muscle and joint injuries, broken bones and swelling, researchers are discovering that what an athlete consumes after being injured and during treatment can either