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Optimum Performance: The optimum disease fighting diet
Written by Mackie Shilstone   

Residents among the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea seem to know something most don't. They have lower risk of heart disease, and reduced risk of cancer, chronic diseases, and cardiovascular mortality. So, what's keeping them so healthy? In short: their diet.

I'm sure you've heard of the Mediterranean diet at some point. This diet is based on the concept that one should consume plant based foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts, substitute butter for healthy fats like olive or canola oil, reduce intake of red meat — we discussed the benefits of this practice in last week's column— while consuming poultry and fish at least twice a week. In fact, on this diet, it is even ideal to drink a glass of red wine, but remember moderation, of course.

Optimum Performance: Eating too much red meat could put you in danger zone
Written by Mackie Shilstone   

Red meat consumers take note: according to a recent study published in the Archive of Internal Medicine, "eating red meat is associated with a sharply increased risk of death from cancer and heart disease."

Featured recently in The New York Times, this study was comprised of 121,342 men and women who were evaluated via questionnaire from 1980 through 2006. During this period 23,926 people from the group in question died — 5,910 suffered from cardiovascular disease, while 9,464 succumbed to cancer.

Optimum Performance: Motivated to be your best
Written by Mackie Shilstone   

Last Thursday I was honored to deliver the keynote address to the students and faculty of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. At the request of Eddie Hebert, Ph.D, and department head of kinesiology and health studies, I was participating in the Annual Ask KHS (kinesiology health studies) Student Symposium.

The Ask KHS event allows the students to hear from and interact with professionals in a variety of fields including athletic training, exercise science, sport management, health education and promotion, health and physical education teacher education, fitness and human performance, nutrition and coaching.

Optimum Performance: Be careful before you hurt yourself
Written by Mackie Shilstone   

Training is essential for any recreational athlete in order to excel in a given sport, but without proper exercise form and technique, you may place yourself at greater risk for injury.

In fact, according to published reports (April 2011) by the American Journal of Sports Medicine, 970,000 people were monitored during bouts of exercise, and 82 percent of these subjects (men) were injured during activity. This fact goes without saying that many people are training incorrectly.

Optimum Performance: Focus for success
Written by Mackie Shilstone   

Having just returned on Easter Sunday from a month of preparation and training with Serena Williams, I thought it would be an ideal time to talk about one of the most important elements to success in sports and life – the ability to focus. Back in early March, I along with the other members of Team Serena, began the process of helping to prepare Williams for a two-week event - the Sony Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. - where if you lose at any point along the way, you move on to the site of the next competition. Williams prevailed last Saturday over Maria Sharapova 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.

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Mackie Spotlight

EJGH’s very own Mackie Shilstone, Executive Director of the Fitness Principle, is in New York working with Serena Williams as she goes for another U.S. Open title. As Williams’s Fitness Coach, Mackie will be part of the team preparing her for matches throughout the tournament. To give everyone a behind-the-scenes look at how Williams prepares for every opponent, Mackie is writing a daily postcard for detailing all the day’s happenings. Check back daily for updates. 8/22/13
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