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Can Wine Improve Fitness?

Can Wine Improve Fitness?

So… can wine improve fitness? Oh, what a delicious question! Let’s find out.

Is your glass of wine part of your daily routine as much as your morning cup of java? Did you feel a slight embarrassment as you nodded to my last question? Good news… You shouldn’t have!

While conducting research for my post on What Do the Top CrossFit Women Eat ? I was shocked by how many athletes listed ‘Wine‘ as their favorite cheat food. Wine… a guilty pleasure? …Do they know that chocolate biscottis exist?

When Wine gets labeled as ‘Bad’, I feel personally obligated to defend it. Didn’t I read somewhere that wine drinkers will outlive the non-wine drinkers? But… I suppose we rarely question the things we want to hear, right? So let’s turn to a study published on Medical News Today and see if wine can actually improve our fitness performance and maybe even our WOD results.

1. Lung Function

Resveratol, is the famous wine compound at the root of all the recent studies on the effects of red wine on health. According to this study, moderate wine drinkers (up to 250 ml/day) performed better during pulmonary function tests. These assessments include a Spirometry evaluation where the patient breathes in and out of a snug mouth piece connected to a machine. This machine analyses the amount of air the patient can inhale and exhale and the capacity of the patient’s lungs to transfer oxygen and carbon dioxide to and from the bloodstream. Well, a little extra oxygen could definitely be useful mid-Murph, right?

2. Heart Function

The combination of wine’s compounds have proven to trigger the production of omega-3 fatty acids in plasma and red blood cells. So… Whoop de doo? What does that mean?  Turns out that omega-3 fatty acids play an important role in regulating cholesterol levels and reducing LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). Too much cholesterol can lead to coronary heart disease where the arteries supplying our heart muscles with blood start narrowing due to fatty deposits.  Did the final heat of California Regionals individual men’s event 7 almost give you a heart attack too? Quick, take a glass of wine! I’m just kidding… well, half kidding!

Do you like white wine better? According to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry you may be getting the same cardio-protective benefits than the red wine drinkers. Boo-ya!

The magical antibiotic found in red wine, resveratol, can help enhance wine drinker’s health and fitness over the years but the concentration level of the compound in one single glass of wine is, unfortunately, too low to make a considerable effect on WOD results! Also, I should probably emphasize that one glass (yes, only one…) is the recommended daily serving. And.. I wouldn’t suggest drinking more wine to consume more resveratol since a normal human would need to drink 1000 liters of red wine to get enough resveratol to see significant short-term changes in their health. At that point, I don’t think our WOD would go so well, hen?

So what’s the bottom line? If our glass of wine fits into our daily energy requirements, it can only do good for our health! But… we can’t expect miracles.

So red wine might not make us immortal or give us super-WOD-powers. In fact, it actually carries the same drawbacks as any other alcohol like potential dehydration, cirrhosis, high calorie density etc… but I’m still of the opinion that labeling wine as a cheat food is like saying you’re an adult when you turn 18. Like, kind of … but not really.

So, now that you’ve (maybe) newly welcomed moderate amounts of wine into your life, develop your palate and explore the possibilities!

Delicious Egg Recipe Collection

Delicious Egg Recipe Collection

Growing up, omeletes, quiches and egg recipes were more of a Sunday morning delicacy than an everyday breakfast staple. Toasts and oatmeal were just simpler to make during the week. However, with a little preparation, I found a few convenient recipes to enjoy them as often as I can. Egg recipes such as the ones on this list are freezable for up to 2 months and can stay in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. So make them Sunday and enjoy them all week! They say that there’s such a thing as too much of a good thing but I’ve decided that this saying doesn’t apply to delicious and healthy breakfasts!

Eggs have gotten a bad rap in the past due to their high levels of cholesterol but I have good news for you! Did you know that our liver can adapt the level of cholesterol it produces based on our diet? If you are a generally healthy individual, the more cholesterol you eat in your diet, the less your body will produces it! Resulting in little to no changes in your cholesterol levels. So get your skillets out and let’s get crackin’!

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  1. This Hashbrowns, Spinach and Tomato Pie  looks like a mouthwatering delicacy right? Well it tastes like it too! It’s a very simple recipe with ingredients you probably already have in your home right now. Why is this the perfect way to start your morning? Well, this protein packed breakfast will keep you feeling full until your morning snack or maybe even until lunch time. Quick tip : Make two pies on Sunday and it makes enough to serve two until Thursday. Total recipe time: under an hour.

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2. This Breakfast Sandwich recipe is so versatile and a lot healthier than McDonald’s McMuffins! The basic recipe has literally 4 ingredients: bread, cheese, eggs and butter so feel free to add your special touch. I like to add a tomato slice, Dijon mustard and some avocado wedges. Eggs in muffin pans are easy and you can make dozens at a time, so get creative with them! Total recipe time : 25 minutes.

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3. This Egg, Bacon and Avocado Quesadilla is perfect for breakfast or lunch. You might even want to have it for both meals, it’s that good! This dish is one of the simplest ways to get a serving of every food group and it will forever change the way you see Quesadillas. If you’re in a rush one morning, remember this quick and healthy recipe! Total recipe time : 15 minutes

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4. These Ham Quiche Cups are an excellent recipes for the meat lovers out there and it’s perfect for the one’s seeking gluten free or low carbs recipes. They’re great to grab on the go in the morning and they also look sophisticated enough to be served as hors d’oeuvres. Whether you’re on the go or hosting a dinner party, these will come in handy. You can get creative with this recipe as well, add some veggies to your egg mixture and spice it up with some oregano and pepper! Total recipe time : 40 minutes.

If you’re morning bowl of cereal is just not cutting it anymore consider these amazing healthy recipes. Oh, and did I mention that they’re fast and easy to make? Healthy, delicious fast and easy, what else could we ask for? It might even bring back some good ol’ childhood memories of Sunday brunches.  Bon Appetit!

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