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Mayo Clinic Q & A: Nutrition Tips for Running Virtual Races

RisMedia Consumer News - January 17, 2021 - 1:04pm

(TNS)—Dear Mayo Clinic: I am a runner who has previously participated in 5K and 10K races, as well as half-marathons and full marathons. I would rely on water and nutrition stations at the events to help fuel my performance. Now due to COVID-19, these events are going virtual. I signed up for my first virtual run. What are some tips so I can best hydrate and fuel during my race?

Answer: No matter what distance you run or walk, it is important to keep your body hydrated and ensure you have energy to complete your activities. Although COVID-19 has resulted in many athletic events being canceled, more events are being offered virtually. While virtual races provide an opportunity to stay motivated with training, they require different planning and preparation, and you must consider your nutrition and hydration.

Nutrition and hydration aid stations are carefully situated at regular intervals around the course at physical races. With COVID-19 making these races virtual, it is now up to you to set this up, and it’s a step that should not be missed.

Whether a virtual race or in person, it’s critical not to skip fueling while racing.

Oftentimes, I have novice athletes say, “I am not a professional or elite runner, so I do not need nutrition during my race.” This is the exact reason you need nutrition.
Compared to the professionals, you will run longer and use much more fuel. You want to make sure your body has enough energy to get you to the finish line.

The recommendation is to take in 30-60 grams of carbohydrates every hour if you run for longer than one hour. You should begin carbohydrate intake shortly after the start of your race and continue to consume at 15- to 20-minute intervals for the remainder of your run.

Hydration is also an important component. Losing just 2 percent of your body weight through dehydration can severely impair performance and easily add unwanted time to your race. While you may not have been accustomed to bringing drinks with you, your virtual run will require it.

You should plan to consume 1 cup of fluid every 10-20 minutes during your race. If running for longer than one hour, incorporate an electrolyte drink. You can choose which brand and flavor, but you should make a choice that provides a balance of carbohydrates, sodium and potassium to replace losses.

Practice your race fueling plan in advance. Race day is not a good day to try new things. Take time to practice your nutrition and hydration plan during training. Experiment with different gels, bars and other food, water, sports drinks and electrolyte beverages to see what your body tolerates best. Practice your nutrition during a training run that is similar to your race intensity effort.

Your body will digest nutrition differently on an easy run versus a harder effort. Simulate your race in terms of exertion and distance as close as possible to leave nothing to chance on race day. Also, practice the simple things, such as opening your gels while running. As a runner, consider pre-ripping your gels or food items so you can easily open them while running.

As you go through your training for a virtual race, consider how your route, and your hydration and fuel, factor in. With a virtual race, you will need to carry your own supplies. This can be achieved several ways. You may consider using a running vest or belt to carry drinks and gels. Another popular strategy is to coordinate your race route to pass by your house. A looped course starting at your house allows for multiple passes for a nutrition and hydration station set up in the driveway or front yard. Finally, consider getting friends and family involved. They could join you on the course in predetermined locations along the route to hand off nutrition and hydration to you.

Running is a great cardiovascular activity and one that has definite health advantages. Although COVID-19 has changed the look of running races, you can still aim for your personal best during a virtual event with a little planning and preparation.

— Allison Gregg, R.D.N., Clinical Nutrition, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida

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NAR’s Utility Model for Fannie, Freddie Garners Support

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 15, 2021 - 1:00am

New research shows a mortgage market utility structure for GSEs could protect taxpayers, maintain market stability, and promote affordable housing.

FHFA Extends Relaxed Pandemic Lending Standards

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 15, 2021 - 1:00am

The Federal Housing Finance Agency will continue allowing alternative appraisals and employment verifications until Feb. 28 to ease settlement delays.

Ski Town Home Buying Is Gaining Against Beachside Getaways

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 15, 2021 - 1:00am

Second-home snowbird buyers have tended to favor warmer, sunnier climates. But interest in ski towns is surging, a new report from realtor.com® finds.

Mortgage Rates Rise After Record All-Time Lows Last Week

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 15, 2021 - 1:00am

“Borrowers are smart to take advantage of these low rates now and will certainly benefit as a result,” Freddie Mac’s chief economist says.

Biden Plan Calls for $25B in Rental Assistance, Extending Eviction Ban

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 15, 2021 - 1:00am

The president-elect's $1.9 trillion stimulus plan includes several housing-related proposals to address the pandemic's devastating economic impact.

‘Clean’ Tech Takes the Virtual Stage at CES 2021

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 14, 2021 - 1:00am

Innovators promise products to help virus-weary consumers and office staff sanitize their surroundings.

From CES 2021, Jan. 11-14

Poll: Consumers Expect Even Hotter 2021 Market

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 14, 2021 - 1:00am

“Most homeowners are well aware that their home value has increased and they’ve become wealthier,” says Redfin’s chief economist.

Opendoor Struggles to Maintain iBuying Dominance

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 14, 2021 - 1:00am

The instant-offer company is losing market share to traditional brokerages as sellers turn to real estate professionals to take advantage of the hot market.

Where People Who Want to Relocate Are Going

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 14, 2021 - 1:00am

Texans are the least likely to move out of state while New Yorkers are the most likely to flee theirs.

Airbnb Cancels D.C. Reservations During Inauguration

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 14, 2021 - 1:00am

Responding to pressure from local, state, and federal officials, the short-term rental site is helping to keep the public away from the nation’s capital.

Building Boom: Homes Are Being Built Exclusively as Rentals

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 13, 2021 - 1:00am

Investors believe rentals will stay in high demand in suburban locations as home prices continue to rise.

Where Retirees Are Moving Since the Pandemic Began

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 13, 2021 - 1:00am

A South Atlantic state has displaced Florida at the top of the list of retiree havens.

How Will COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Affect Housing Markets?

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 13, 2021 - 1:00am

With many more consumers likely to receive their shots in the next few months, many real estate experts are expecting a notable impact on buying and selling.

Need Help Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolutions? These Shows Can Help

RisMedia Consumer News - January 12, 2021 - 4:40pm

(TNS)—With the start of a new year, many people have set resolutions they hope to accomplish by 2021’s end. Many might find it difficult to incorporate changes into their lifestyles, but these shows, channels and series can provide the perfect motivation to stick to a few common New Year’s resolutions.
Get Fit

Whether you’re looking to tone up, drop a few pounds or maintain your weight, these shows are sure to provide the inspiration you need.

“The Biggest Loser”
In this reality competition, contestants struggling with their weight work with fitness experts to help shed the pounds and pursue a healthier lifestyle. Along the way, they face physical, mental and emotional challenges with the ultimate goal of winning $100,000. It lasted for 17 seasons on NBC before moving to USA Network for the 18th season. Purchase previous seasons on Amazon Prime Video or YouTube, or watch the latest season at usanetwork.com/the-biggest-loser.

“From Fit to Fat to Fit”
Personal trainers team up with overweight clients, but before the weight loss begins, these fitness experts pack on the pounds so they can lose weight with their clients. Watch season one at aetv.com or purchase two seasons on Amazon Prime Video or YouTube.

Eat Healthier

This resolution goes hand in hand with the previous one. Here are a few things to watch to assist in keeping your eating habits healthy.

“Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger”
Nutritionist and author Ellie Krieger shares fast, simple and healthy recipes in addition to advice for dealing with life’s temptations in the office, at restaurants and during vacation. Watch five seasons at foodnetwork.com.

“Clean & Delicious”
Holistic health, wellness and weight-loss coach Dani Spies posts new videos every Friday to her YouTube channel that offer nutritious recipes, weight loss advice and more. Watch her videos at youtube.com/c/danispies.

“Mind Over Munch”
Alyssia Sheikh teaches viewers how to make informed decisions about what “diet” is best for their lifestyles with recipes, tips, tutorials and more. Watch her videos at youtube.com/c/MindOverMunch.

Tackle Home Projects

Home projects and organization on your list? Look no further than these shows.

“Get Organized With The Home Edit”
Professional organizers Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, who founded organizing company The Home Edit, tame messes across the U.S. in this Netflix series. Each episode features an organization project with an everyday individual or family as well as a celebrity, including Reese Witherspoon, Khloe Kardashian, Retta and Neil Patrick Harris. Warning: This show may start a Container Store obsession. Watch it on Netflix.

“Property Brothers”
Jonathan and Drew Scott transform fixer-upper houses into dream homes tailored for each client. Watch episodes at watch.hgtv.com/tv-shows/property-brothers or catch seasons 8-13 on Hulu.

“Fixer Upper”
For simple, clean, farmhouse-style design inspiration, turn to Chip and Joanna Gaines for advice. Watch five seasons of “Fixer Upper” on Hulu or stay tuned for new episodes coming soon to Magnolia Network.

Help the Environment

Netflix has two shows that can help those with the selfless goal of nurturing Mother Earth.

“Down to Earth With Zac Efron”
Actor Zac Efron embarks on worldwide travels with wellness expert Darin Olien as they seek healthy, sustainable ways of living. Some highlights: The pair visits an eco-village with a small environmental footprint in Costa Rica, explores renewable energy efforts in Iceland and learns more about potato cryopreservation in Peru. Watch it on Netflix.

“Bill Nye Saves the World”
Everyone’s favorite Science Guy is back, this time bringing experts and famous guests to his lab to explore scientific issues that impact us, including climate change, overpopulation and water scarcity. Watch three seasons on Netflix.


The coronavirus pandemic has altered many travel plans, but it’s still possible to explore the world from the comfort of home. Whether you’re dreaming of your next trip or ready to get up and go now, check out these shows for inspiration.

“Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted”
Chef Gordon Ramsay travels the globe (including Peru, Hawaii and New Zealand) in search of culinary inspiration. Watch two seasons on Disney+.

“The Amazing Race”
Teams in pairs race around the world in hopes of winning the grand prize. Find 29 seasons of “The Amazing Race” on Hulu.

“Samantha Brown’s Places to Love”
TV host Samantha Brown seeks little-known spots and the innovators creating new travel experiences. Watch three seasons at pbs.org/show/samantha-browns-places-love.

Make Money Moves

Since you probably are not traveling as much, this one goal might be easier to accomplish. If you are looking to make money moves in 2021, these shows can offer key insight.

“The Financial Diet”
This YouTube channel discusses personal finance and living better with easy tips. Watch it at youtube.com/c/thefinancialdiet.

“The Profit”
Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis offers struggling businesses cash and advice in exchange for a percentage of the profits in this reality series. Watch it on Peacock and Hulu Live TV.

2021© The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.)
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Compass Makes Plans to Go Public

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 12, 2021 - 1:00am

The fast-growing residential real estate brokerage files confidentiality for a possible IPO.

Greater Kitchen Storage Is in Demand

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 12, 2021 - 1:00am

A new survey from Houzz finds walk-in pantries and high-tech faucets are among the top trends.

Mortgage Rules Toughen Up for Condos in Vacation Hot Spots

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 12, 2021 - 1:00am

Mortgage financing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have tightened rules on buildings that offer many short-term rentals, drawing concerns from the real estate industry.

CEO and Other NAR Leaders Make the 2021 Swanepoel Power 200 List

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 12, 2021 - 1:00am

NAR CEO Bob Goldberg ranks 8th on the list that includes brokerage executives, tech innovators, and other key influencers in residential real estate.

Restaurant-Worthy Brunch Recipes Re-Create the Weekend Meal’s Leisurely Magic at Home

RisMedia Consumer News - January 11, 2021 - 5:13pm

(TNS)—Brunch. The dine-in restaurant occasion I miss most during this pandemic.
I’m not really thinking of those all-you-can-eat grand buffets (although that sounds decadently delightful). Rather, those leisurely outings with good friends that involve waitstaff, luxurious food and a way-early-for-me cocktail or two. A stroll might follow to aid digestion and keep the conversation flowing, before the need to nap pulls me to the couch.

These days, working at home means the couch often doubles as desk. The cocktail hour creeps into consciousness at dusk. The snack drawer beckons all day.

This January, I declare time to cook our own restaurant-worthy brunch dishes. Eggs covered in a creamy sauce, bacon-y potatoes, seed and nut pancakes sweetened with jam. It makes no matter to the cook when you enjoy them—Sunday morning, Tuesday evening or Friday lunch.

I never have enough pancake recipes. Whole grain, buttermilk, potato, lemon ricotta—we love them all in our family. My pet peeve is the metallic taste of excess leavening found in boxed mixes and some recipes, so I nearly always make my own dry mix. Ingredients on hand inspire the use of various flours, seeds, nut and fruit additions. A love of muesli cereal translated into the version below, chock-full of oats, almonds and dried currants.

I stock bags of frozen cranberries for this speedy cranberry, fig and ginger jam. Make a double batch and package in small refrigerator containers to gift to your former brunch buddies with the dry pancake mix and instructions for cooking.

Bacon and potatoes are a match made in heaven—especially when indulging in breakfast-for-dinner. The hash that follows can be served in individual skillets topped with an egg—reminiscent of pancake house skillet meals.

Like many, I struggle to poach eggs so they look beautiful and stay soft-set. The best technique I’ve found is simply to keep the barely simmering pan of water swirling when you add the egg. The movement of the water helps coat the yolk with the white. Once done, after about 3 minutes, use a slotted spoon to transfer the egg to a bowl of lukewarm water. The eggs hold in this manner nicely while you reheat the potato mixture to piping hot. Top everything with a lemony, mayonnaise-based sauce—easier than making hollandaise.

I always enlist help while cooking brunch—someone to act as the barista and bartender while I concentrate on the stove. Serve mimosas with the pancakes and bloody marys with the bacon potato skillet.

Fortified, we reminisce and marvel at the skills of the staff at our favorite brunch spots. Let’s support them in these difficult times by ordering takeout meals, tipping generously and sending donations. New memories are on the horizon.

Cinnamon Muesli Pancakes With Cranberry, Fig and Ginger Jam

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Makes: 16 four-inch pancakes

Any good-quality thick, not-too-sweet jam can stand in for the homemade version. I like lingonberry when it’s available. Gluten-free 1-to-1 baking flour (such as Bob’s Red Mill) can be substituted for the flours. Use more oats if you wish to replace the nuts.

1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup quinoa flakes or bran flakes (or crushed bran flake cereal)
1/4 cup sliced almonds or pecan pieces, chopped
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons roasted or raw sunflower seeds
3 or 4 tablespoons dried currants or chopped golden raisins or dried cranberries
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon each: baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk (whole, low-fat or skim all are fine here)
3 tablespoons each: vegetable oil, melted butter
Vegetable oil for high heat cooking, such as sunflower, safflower or expeller-pressed canola oil
Plain or vanilla yogurt
Cranberry, fig and ginger jam, see recipe, warmed
Cranberry or maple syrup

1. Mix flours, oats, quinoa flakes, almonds, brown sugar, sunflower seeds, currants, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl. (Or store in a covered container up to several weeks.)

2. To make pancake batter, whisk eggs together in a large bowl. Whisk in milk, 3 tablespoons oil and melted butter. Whisk the flour mixture into the egg mixture just until everything is moistened. Do not overmix. Let stand about 5 minutes.

3. To cook pancakes, heat 1 or 2 large nonstick skillets or a griddle over medium heat until a drop of water sizzles on contact. Lightly brush the surface with a little oil. Use a 1/4 cup measure or ladle to dollop batter in several places over hot surface, allowing 2 or 3 inches between pancakes for spread. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook until bubbles form on the surface and the bottom is golden brown, about 3 minutes. Flip and brown the other side, about 1 minute more.

4. Serve pancakes hot off the griddle topped with yogurt, warm cranberry jam and a drizzle of syrup.

Note: Pancakes can be transferred to a wire rack set over a baking sheet in a 200-degree oven to stay warm while you cook all the batter.

Nutrition information per serving: 164.4 calories, 7.9 g fat, 2.4 g saturated fat, 41.8 mg cholesterol, 19.6 g carbohydrates, 6 g sugar, 4.7 g protein, 206.3 mg sodium, 1.7 g fiber

Cranberry, Fig and Ginger Jam

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Makes: about 2 1/2 cups

1 bag (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
1 small tart apple or Bartlett pear, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
7 or 8 dried Turkish figs, chopped, about 3/4 cup (4 ounces)
1/2 cup sugar
Grated zest and juice of half orange
1 to 2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger

1. Put cranberries, apple, figs, sugar, and orange zest and juice into a medium saucepan. Add 1/2 cup water. Heat to a simmer over medium heat. Cook, covered, to completely dissolve the sugar, 3 minutes. Uncover and simmer on low, stirring often, until most of the cranberries pop, about 10 minutes.

2. Stir in ginger. Cool. Refrigerate covered up to 4 days. Serve warm.

Nutrition information per serving: 24.2 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 6.3 g carbohydrates, 5 g sugar, 0.2 g protein, 0.5 mg sodium, 0.7 g fiber

Bacon and Potato Skillet With Poached Eggs and Lemon Thyme Mayonnaise

Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Makes: 4 servings

To save time, skip Step 1 and substitute 4 or 5 cups thawed, shredded frozen potatoes or hash browns. You can opt to pan fry the eggs if poached eggs are not your thing.

4 to 5 medium yellow potatoes, about 1 1/2 pounds, scrubbed
1 tablespoon butter
2 or 3 thick slabs bacon, finely chopped (3 ounces)
1 small onion, finely chopped (4 ounces)
1/2 Golden delicious or 1 small tart apple, peeled, cored, finely chopped
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar
Lemon thyme mayonnaise:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves or 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves
Several dashes red pepper hot sauce, plus more for serving
Vegetable oil for high heat cooking, such as sunflower, safflower or expeller-pressed canola oil
Sliced green onions, parsley sprigs

1. Put whole potatoes and 1/2 teaspoon salt into a large saucepan. Add water to cover them by 1 inch. Heat to a boil and cook, partly covered, until potatoes are not quite fork-tender in the center, about 10 minutes. Drain. Let potatoes cool until you can handle them. Set a four-sided grater into a large bowl. Use the largest holes to shred the potatoes (including the skins) into the bowl.

2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add bacon, onion and apple. Cook until onion is golden and tender, about 10 minutes.

3. Stir shredded potatoes, green onions, thyme, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper into the skillet containing the onion mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are beautifully bronzed, about 10 minutes. Set aside to stay warm. (Or, divide mixture among four small skillets or ovenproof bowls and pop into a 200-degree oven to stay warm.)

4. Poach eggs as follows: Fill a large saucepan half full with water. Add vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon salt; heat to a boil. Reduce heat so water is barely at a simmer. Crack 1 egg into a small cup. Use a spoon to swirl the water in the saucepan; slip the egg into the swirling water. Repeat to add remaining eggs to water. Let eggs simmer until whites are nearly set but yolks are still runny, about 3 minutes. Transfer the eggs with a slotted spoon to a bowl of warm water.

5. For sauce, mix mayonnaise, lemon juice, thyme and hot sauce to taste in a small bowl.

6. If necessary, reheat the potato hash until it’s very hot. Top with poached eggs and dollops of the sauce. Garnish with more hot sauce, green onions and parsley.

Nutrition information per serving: 563.6 calories, 36.6 g fat, 9.3 g saturated fat, 226.8 mg cholesterol, 42.1 g carbohydrates, 6.6 g sugar, 17.2 g protein, 1,010.1 mg sodium, 4.2 g fiber

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