Potatoes: The Go-To Food of Athletes

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Have you felt so exhausted after working out or just doing household chores or simply walking around the block?  You are not alone! It’s called energy depletion, which is especially common with athletes who engage in extensive trainings and workouts.

Runners like me rely on carbohydrates as our main source of energy. It helps our brain and body function properly.  As we consume carbohydrates, our body breaks it down into smaller sugar molecules called glucose which are stored in the liver and muscles. It will then be converted to energy to help fuel physical activity.

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The glycogen in our muscles gets depleted as our physical activity increases, thus a need for more carbohydrates.  Eating the right amount of carbohydrates before and after vigorous activities is therefore extremely important.

One excellent source of carbohydrates is potato!  Thanks to Potatoes USA-Philippines, high quality potatoes are now in the Philippines.

US potatoes are classified as a superfood, a nutrient-dense food that can help fuel huge exertions from physical exercise and movement. Potatoes are also high in potassium, even more so than a banana, and are also full of vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, calcium, iron and magnesium.

US potatoes are available in fresh, frozen and dehydrated forms. Fresh potatoes are the pick of the crop, carefully sized and graded based on standards of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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Frozen US potatoes are premium potatoes quick-frozen in a state-or-the-art process which locks in the flavor and nutrients.  They come in all sizes – frozen whole, frozen half-shell and the most popular frozen straight cut, wedges, crinkle cut, lattice, curly for fries and hash browns.

Another variant is US dehydrated potatoes, they are compactly packaged and perfect for a wide array of dishes such as soups, stews, sauces and many more.

I can’t wait to try new potato dishes! I’m excited to start making recipes for my pre or post run meals. Of course, I’ll soon experiment on old family recipes by substituting frozen potatoes for fresh potatoes!

In the meantime, you can click on this link to see recommended potato recipes that can help power athletic performance: https://www.potatogoodness.com/recipe-category/performance/.

US potatoes are now available in supermarkets and groceries nationwide.  For more information on US potatoes, visit https://www.potatogoodness.com/ or like and follow Potatoes USA-Philippines on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PotatoesUSAPhilippines/.

 

“Happy tummy… happy body… happy me”

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Ayala backs PATAFA

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Ayala Corporation has reaffirmed its support to the development and training of the country’s national track and field athletes, giving them access to the facilities of its newly opened Vermosa Sports Hub in Imus, Cavite.

Ayala had recently linked up with the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association and served as title sponsor of the just-concluded Ayala Philippine Athletics Championships in Iligan, Isabela.

“We believe in our national athlete’s potential to inspire, drive and instill collective nationalism through sports,” said Ayala’s John Philip Orbeta.  “One of the biggest gaps is an internationally certified athletics facility which the Vermosa Sports Hub provides as means to improve their performance and competitiveness.”

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At PATAFA’s new official home, athletes will train in the only international Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) certified track and field oval in the Philippines with specifications and standards equivalent to those they will compete with internationally.  Aside from the existing oval and Olympic-sized pool, upon completion of the Sports Hub’s first phase, PATAFA will also have access to the 600-square meter Sante Fitness Lab, a first-of-its-kind combined facilities in the country which will feature a strength and conditioning fitness facility, sports rehab areas, as Sports Science Laboratory, a dance studio, a spinning class area, bike shop and services, a nutrition and fitness cafe, VO2 max/lactate testing, plus conference and lecture rooms.  Future plans include provision for a 3,000-seat multipurpose indoor sports arena.

Manila Water Company Inc., through its subsidiary Manila Water Total Solutions, will also be supporting this project with Ayala through a hydration sponsorship of Healthy Family Purified Water to the PATAFA athletes.  Healthy Family will be supplying 4,000 bottles monthly of its 500mL variant to PATAFA for the duration of their training at Vermosa.

As advocates of environmental sustainability, MWTS will also be working together with PATAFA on a program called “Toka ng PATAFA”.  This program is an advocacy on environmental stewardship and responsible consumerism that helps promote the value of waste segregation through the recovery of used PET bottles.  This is an initiative to be spearheaded by our athletes as champions for health and wellness, as well as, staunch partners for the environment.

Ayala will provide financial support to facilitate and strengthen PATAFA’s recruitment and training programs.

“Ayala’s support will help the athletes train better, perform better and hopefully bring more medals and recognition for the country,” said PATAFA President Philip Juico.

The eagerness to help improve the skills and international ranking of our national athletes has spurred the Ayala Group to do its part in helping Filipino athletes achieve excellence in the their respective sports and succeed in various international competitions.

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Maxicare Run 2018: A run for everyone to celebrate fitness and health

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From the success of last year’s Maxicare Run, Maxicare Healthcare Corporation – the leading HMO provider in cooperation of LeadPack Race Organizer, brings you again the second Maxicare Run at the North Fountain SM by the Bay in MOA this coming July 8.

Maxicare Run 2018 will be a family funday as it welcomes Lolos and Lolas to the new category of 1K Senior Sprint which are welcome to all 60-year-old and above healthy individual.  Aside from the from the !k Senior Sprint, it also feature other categories like 200-meter dash for 3 to 12 year old kids, and the usual 3k, 5k, 10k and 16k categories.

Here are the details:

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The Maxicare Run 2018 is for the benefit of Pusong Pinoy Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization subsidizing diagnostic and therapeutic cardiovascular procedures for less fortunate Filipino patients based at the Philippine General Hospital.  It is being held in partnership with one of the most recognized run organizer in the country, LeadPack.

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With this benefit run, Maxicare offers the complete experience of advocacy towards active lifestyle.  Further more, the Maxicare Run 2018 has set it self to be a game-changer in the health and fitness community.

So what are you waiting for?… Let’s run to celebrate, run for a cause, and run to be fit!

Taralets guys!

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FILINVEST CITY: ENDURANCE WEEKEND 2018

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Filinvest City has been bringing adrenaline level high at Alabang every year and never failed to challenge MTB biking elites and bike enthusiast at the Endurance Weekend, an annual MTB race that is set to test MTB bikers in 6-hour and 24-hour races.  And on its 6th year, the adrenaline level will be high again on July 7 – 8, 2018 at the Pacific Rim, Filinvest City, Alabang.

The challenge is on for men and women in the following categories:

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All registered participants will get the following:

  • race bib
  • race jersey
  • medals for all finishers

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Gun start for each category:

  • 24-hour           July 7, Saturday, 12:00 noon
  • 12-hour           July 7, Saturday, 5:00 pm
  • 6-hour             July 8, Sunday, 6:00 am

Test your strength…

Test your endurance…

Game on!

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The Truth About Energy Drinks: Truth vs Myth Exposed

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The road to the education of energy drink consumption has been a long-standing battle of proving facts from fiction. With today’s lifestyle pace further progressing, keeping up with the demands to fulfill more in a day becomes more and more time and energy consuming. The emergence of energy drink has given active and lifestyle people a lifeline to get more things done. And if there is one truth about energy drink is that you can control what you consume, and knowing the truths versus the fictions will allow you to maximize its benefits when you need it most.

Truth vs Myth about Energy Drinks

#1: Energy drinks containing high levels of caffeine

MYTH. A 240-mL bottle of the leading energy drink contains about 90mg of caffeine, in which compared to a medium or large-sized brewed coffee that has 3 times more caffeine content confirms this is a myth. But more than the wake-up buzz, Energy drinks also have added ingredients such as B-vitamins, Ginseng, and Inositol which also help further boost your energy and mental alertness.

It is always best to check the back label of the product to give guidance for you to track how much caffeine an energy drink contains.

#2: Energy drinks are also sports drinks

TRUTH and MYTH. While there is no difference between Sports drinks and Energy drinks, it is more correct to say that Energy drinks can be used as sports drinks. They are both categorized as water based flavored drinks which may or may not contain electrolytes, vitamins and other nutrients. The ingredients energy drinks provide are intended to enhance physical performance especially before workout as it keeps you more stimulated for exercise. However, one should keep in mind that energy drinks are diuretics because of the caffeine content, which is why it’s important to partner this with continuous drinking of water.

#3: Energy drinks are not for children or people with caffeine sensitivities

TRUTH. As caffeine being the key ingredient found in energy drinks, thus the effects on sleeping habits, moods, and even appetite may be experienced. Similarly on how we keep our children away from coffee and sodas, drinking energy drink is also not recommended for them. There are also high caution given to people with caffeine sensitivity, and most especially pregnant women as this may affect the fetus development.

#4: Energy drinks cause palpitations and difficulty in breathing

MYTH AND TRUTH. The main bad reputation of energy drink derives from the issue of experiencing heavy palpitations that may bring about breathing difficulties. As we’ve established, caffeine is present in most of what we consume: energy drinks, sodas, teas, and even chocolates and nuts. People who are not used to consuming this ingredient, or at the very least, people who do not drink coffee, will have higher chances of experiencing the effects. Let it be known that it is not because the ingredient is not safe for the body, but solely because the body adjusts to this added stimulant.

#5: Energy drinks are not regulated

MYTH. The leading energy drink in the country has been in the market since 2006, and for more than a decade, it has continuously passed the strictest standards of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The key ingredients inside an energy drink are also the same ingredients that are present in the food we consume daily. Thus, with this regulation, Cobra, as the no.1 energy drink, is approved to be widely available in the Philippines.

As the leader of the pact, Cobra Energy Drink vows to educate the market by sharing information about energy drink ingredients and proper consumption habits; proving that after all, you are in control of your own energy.

Energy drink enables one to power through various day-to-day activities, from mid to high-level energy requirement. Cobra delivers both physical performance and mental alertness made for people who push productivity to the next level. What’s more is that it is also a more refreshing flavorful drink that also has performance-boosting ingredients.

What’s inside every Cobra Energy Drink?

Cobra Energy Drink contains safe levels of caffeine, and sugar as safe stimulants for instant energy boost and increased mental alertness. It also contains high-quality B-vitamins that help the body get more energy from the food that you eat.

Added ingredients are Taurine, which is an amino acid that aids the body’s metabolic process and known to have antioxidant properties; it also contains Ginseng to boost memory, concentration, and performances; and Inositol that aids in nerve functions.

Cobra being the no.1 energy drink in the country continues its efforts in providing truths about energy drinks. This gives people more knowledge on how energy drink plays a role in their active and busy lifestyles – and an understanding that if we take charge and stay informed, we have the power to control our energy.

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Summit Natural Drinking Water Takes Number One Spot in Mineral and Purified Segment of Packaged Water

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Summit Natural Drinking Water is now the country’s no.1 brand for the mineral and purified segment of packaged water on Nielsen’s annualized period covering March 2017-February 2018*.

This only proves that Summit, a product of the country’s major player in beverage and industrial packaging industry Asia Brewery Inc.’s, is the ultimate hydration partner for the Filipinos who always Thirst For More out of life. The drink-of-choice of the active lifestyle seekers continues to provide quality natural drinking water that undergoes strict testing protocol to ensure that every bottle contains nothing short of optimum hydration.

For years, Summit has not only contributed quality bottled drinking water, it has also been instrumental in honing young, aspiring athletes.

It is one of the most trusted packaged water brands by athletes because it boosts concentration and athletic edge by upping the hydration level. In fact, in support of the country’s most promising sports-personas, it is the official bottled water of the Philippine National Athletes.

Every bottle of Summit contains the right amount of minerals and bicarbonates that boost the body’s hydration level for better performance. So get ready for your next adventure with Summit Natural Drinking Water, the brand that keeps you hydrated to take on new challenges and enables you to #ThirstForMore out of life!

For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/pg/SummitNaturalDrinkingWater.

Outrun Your Dreams Trail Run

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Team Amihan, in cooperation with Pinoy Trails and UPNR presents a benefit trial run dubbed as “Outrun your Dreams” trail run.  Outrun your Dreams aims to help our dear running friends Noy and Felmer to raise funds for their Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) quest. Ultra Trail du Mon Blanc is the most prestigious trail running race that will be held on August at Chamonix, France.  UTMB is tagged as Olympics of trail running where trail runners from around the world will compete and run the challenging course in the Alps.  The trail route encompasses the 174km of trails covering 3 countries – France, Italy and Switzerland.  It is the ultimate dream race to trail runners like Noy and Felmer which have been training for years for this prestigious race.  Each have impressive achievements and we can say that they are ready for making our country proud.

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You can be part of their journey by joining the benefit trail run – Outrun your Dreams Trail Run will be held on May 27, 2018 at Wawa Covered Court, San Mateo, Rizal.  Be amazed with the beautiful scenery of Mount Ayaas and Mount Parawagan.

There will be 3 categories that will cater both newbies and seasoned runners.  There will also be a 2-km run for kids while newbie runners can choose between 6k or 10k route, and the experienced ones can opt to choose the 21k route.

Here are the details:

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DISTANCE AND INCLUSIONS:

  • 2k kids – P300 (Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Raffle stub, Sponsors Item)
  • 6k – P700 (Event Shirt, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Post Race Meal, Raffle stub, Sponsors Item)
  • 10k – P800 (Event Shirt, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Post Race Meal, Raffle stub, Sponsors Item)
  • 22k – P1000 (Event Shirt, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Post Race Meal, Raffle stub, Sponsors Item)

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KIT CLAIMING

  • May 27, 2018 at the start area starting 2 am

REGISTRATION

ONLINE

  • Bank Deposit:
    • BPI Account #: 2569-17-8935
    • Account Name: Maria Vicenta Gado
  • Email the deposit slip to outruntrailrun@gmail.comwith below details.
    • Subject Title: “Outrun Trail Run Registration”
      • Name of Runner:
      • Team:
      • Gender:
      • Birth date:
      • Distance Category:
      • Shirt Size: (See Shirt Size chart above)
    • You will be receiving an email confirming your registration within 3 business days.

ONSITE

  • UPNR Training – Every Tuesday and Thursday 7pm to 9pm at UP Science Complex
  • (Note: Send SMS first to Ms. Avhic Gado at 09368073951 before going to UP Diliman)

For more details, visit the following link:

So what are you waiting for?… TARALETS GUYS!

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