Let's face it, living in South Louisiana comes with its challenges when training for endurance races scheduled for the fall and winter. While most biking and running endurance races will take place during cooler weather, the actual training takes place during sweltering heat.

With heat indexes soaring over 100°F, it becomes difficult to find time to train for longer runs and rides during morning or evening hours. If you are training for one of these events outdoors in the heat it is important to eat and hydrate properly to prevent electrolyte imbalances, dehydration and to perform at your peak.

"How much protein do I really need?" This is a typical question I get during a routine nutrition counseling session. With the ever-growing popularity of high protein fad diets on the market promoting weight loss consumers are often confused as to how much protein their bodies actually need.

So, first, let's start with why our bodies need protein. When we eat protein our digestive system breaks it down into amino acids, which are then absorbed into our bloodstream. After this process occurs, our bodies turn on metabolic pathways that lead the creation of new muscle tissue. Muscles burn calories, therefore the more muscle we have, the more calories we will burn at rest, making it easier to lose or maintain our weight. This is why protein has become such an important component in weight loss diets.

"I think I'll have a glass of wine with dinner, it's heart healthy." Ever wonder what is so healthy about drinking red wine? Well, there has been much debate and research conducted to figure out the answer to that question. Studies have shown that people who drink red wine are at a lower risk of developing heart disease than those who do not. That we do know. We are just not sure why.

Say goodbye to the old food pyramid and make way for the new plate. On June 2 of this year the United States government unveiled its new icon to represent healthy eating for most Americans, ChooseMyPlate. This new icon is intended to replace the old MyPyramid icon in an effort to better educate people about portions sizes and food groups, which will help Americans make better food choices, leading to improved national health.

Not a huge fan of eating fruits and vegetables? Think if you take a multivitamin you do not need to eat fruits and vegetables? If you think you are covered by simply taking a multivitamin, you may be missing out on several key compounds found in fruits and vegetables.