Category: Food & Fitness

Aug 04

Can Marijuana Help an Athlete?

Although most games have banned the use of marijuana, it actually has a potential to help athletes be better at their chosen sport. Think we’re fooling around? Read on.

An interview last November 2014 happened between Men’s Journal and Clifford Drusinsky, who owns a gym in Colorado and happens to train people fired up by cannabis food. He says marijuana helps him relax and allows him to reach a controlled, meditational place. He claims that he trains smarter when he is high.

He isn’t the only one saying so. A few skiers can agree that getting high has helped them perform better.

According to a Stanford Medical School professor, Keith Humphreys, we have cannabinoid receptors in our brains that once THC hits, allows us to reduce worry, making us believe we’re invincible.

Recent studies have shown that those who are slightly high (very functional high) can exercise for longer and get less sore after workouts. They say performance and recovery were both improved.

CyclistHowever, the improvement still depends on the sport. For instance, if you’re a mountain biker or a cyclist, you might get tired faster when high than when sober. Getting high while biking might even cause you to get off the trail and think you’re going faster when, in reality, you’re not!

Then again, some cyclists might say otherwise. The truth is there are still countless debates going on about this, and a few pieces of research and studies aren’t enough to make a conclusion. The idea is new, and it is deemed crazy too!

Even so, it’s better not to close doors regarding the potential of marijuana to improve the performance of athletes. We just know that it has an anti-inflammatory effect and can aid in the escalation of our pain threshold.

Cannabis sativa leafBasically, if you’re an athlete, it’s not entirely safe to use because of the lack of research, plus, there are side effects we still need to discover. But when the right time comes after tons of research, who knows? Maybe smoking or vaping weed with caution can really help boost an athlete’s performance. And by then we’ve probably already cracked the secrets of marijuana. So, if the use of cannabis is legal in your country, you better visit and start growing your own marijuana garden now! Better to be first than last!

Sep 10

Eating for Health & Fitness: Dining Out Tips


Eating healthy can be a bit of a challenge if you frequently eat out. But dining out for convenience, lunch or dinner meetings, and various other reasons is often unavoidable. Thankfully, a growing number of fast food chains and restaurants are introducing healthier options to more health-conscious clienteles. But even without that welcome change, there are different ways you can make healthy food choices when eating out at restaurants. The important thing is to keep staying healthy while eating out a primary goal and work out a plan on how you can enjoy the best of both worlds.

Think ahead. You do not have to know every detail to plan ahead. Create a healthy eating plan for the day when you know you are dining out. Avoid skipping meals which can make you overeat. Make a mental note of the meals and snacks you had prior to your next expected meal at the restaurant. The key is not to overindulge, especially if you are trying to manage your weight.

Be mindful of ingredients. Most restaurant menus provide detailed descriptions of what goes into every dish they are offering. Make it a habit to study the menu carefully before placing your order. Try to steer clear of anything deep fried, creamy, and other potentially calorie-rich or fatty items.

Control portion size. Portion sizes are usually larger in many restaurants. If you are eating out alone, you can ask the server to split your order in two and have the other half to go. That way you can enjoy half of your meal, take the rest home, and just heat it for your next meal. Controlling portion size is easier when you are dining out with family, friends, or co-workers. Many restaurants offer group meals for everyone to share. Alternatively, you can share your large-size meal to others when the group option is not available.

Skip the sugary drinks. Liquid calories are among the things you need to consider when you have to make healthy food choices when eating out. Steer clear of sodas, iced teas, fruit juices, and other sugary drinks. If you want to drink anything other than water, you can ask for unsweetened drinks or for low- or fat-free milk on your coffee.

Avoid add-ons.
It helps to keep in mind that everything that goes into your plate can add to the total calories of your meal. Try to limit the “extras” by extra gravies or sauces they may be offering. Ask for salad dressing to be served on the side. This can help you control the amount of dressing that goes into your salad.