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Ms. Diana Steele

MD, CCFP, Dip Sport Med, Sports Medicine Physician, Toronto, ON

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Diana Steele is a registered dietitian and owner of Eating for Energy, a thriving nutrition consulting company with three locations in the Lower Mainland. She is also co-author of the cookbook Eating for Energy without Deprivation – The 80-20 Cookbook.

Committed to teaching nutrition in a realistic and do-able way, Diana has provided personalized nutrition counselling to over 2000 individuals, couples and families and has designed and delivered nutrition workshops and seminars across the country. Diana has conducted more than 500 seminars to companies such as Electronic Arts, Business Objects, BC Hydro, Accenture, Terasen Gas/Fortis BC, Tel US, Vancity, YWCA, Health Canada, and The National Parole Board. She has also delivered keynote speeches for clients such as Marketplace IGA, WhiteSpot Canada and BCMA. Diana speaks regularly at schools to the students and staff on daily healthy eating tips as well as to sports teams and coaches on sports nutrition for a variety of ages from beginner to elite athletes.

As a professional in the world of nutrition, Diana has been either quoted or featured in publications such as the Vancouver Sun, The Province, McLean’s magazine, Impact, Chatelaine, and Today’s Parent. Some may recognize her as the resident nutritionist on Global TV’s Noon News Hour every Tuesday. Diana is also a media spokesperson for the Dietitians of Canada. Diana’s experience with the media extends to working with PR firms and their clients on various product launches and campaigns.

Diana’s experience as a dietitian and nutritionist is broad. Since 1996, she has worked as a clinical dietitian in intermediate and extended care facilities. She has been a Healthy Heart Cooking Instructor at St. Paul’s Lipid Clinic and a Nutrition Representative for Mead Johnson Canada. And Diana has been involved in nutrition research, nutrition education promotional events and health fairs, food preparation and delivery to disadvantaged people.

Diana holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and she is a member of the College of Dietitians of B.C. and Dietitians of Canada. As a mother of 2 children of her own and 2 step children, business woman and wife, Diana creates balance in her life and still manages to walk the talk by eating well and is committed to being active.

Please contact ( Ms. Diana Steele, Registered Dietitian, Vancouver, BC ) to enquire if this health care provider is accepting new patients.

What is Good Food for Fuel

There are several considerations when looking at what and when to eat before you exercise. First of all, it’s not just the snack before you exercise that counts.

It’s actually what you’re eating all day. Be sure to eat every two to three hours so that you don’t have long gaps of time with no food. That can actually reduce your glycogen stores, which is your muscle energy.

If you only have an hour before your workout, you’re trying to go for something a little bit more liquid, easier to digest. It should be high in carbohydrates, so fruits and vegetables and dairy products as well as grains can be great source of carbohydrates. A small amount of protein can also help anchor that energy, but too much protein just before exercise can be difficult to digest.

So if you have two to three hours to digest, you can actually have a small meal. This can be a turkey sandwich and a piece of fruit, and if you have longer to digest, you could actually go for a salmon stir-fry with vegetables and some brown rice.

Make sure that it’s not high in sugar. Reduce your fiber intake because high fiber can actually slow the absorption of your carbohydrates, and make sure that you’re getting some fluid.

And the rule of thumb for hydration is if you have two hours, have two cups of water. One hour before have one cup of water, then go void and just before you start, have a couple more sips, and then you’ll be well hydrated for your performance. If you’re looking for more information on sports nutrition and fueling up for your workout, contact your local registered dietician or sports nutritionist.

If you have questions about food as fuel, contact a local registered dietitian or nutritionist.

Presenter: Ms. Diana Steele, Registered Dietitian, Vancouver, BC

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