Kristine Hughes is Activebeat’s nutrition expert. She has a degree in nutrition and regularly teaches clinics at the Running Room. She wants everyone to eat healthy and exercise regularly, and can teach you how.
What is your field of expertise?
What are your credentials?
Degree in Nutrition. Previous Certified Personal Trainer (this has expired now as I didn’t keep it up)
How did you get started in the profession?
I majored in Nutrition as my undergrad at Ryerson. I’ve always been interested in health and nutrition. I then became a certified personal trainer and worked at 3 different gyms in Toronto. I previously worked at two major sport nutrition companies as a marketer. I practice what I preach every day. I previously competed in a figure fitness show and have run seven marathons and regularly teach at clinics at the Running Room.
Is nutrition as important as exercise?
I think they are both important but if you want to really see results following a balanced diet and sticking to your nutrition goals are where you will see the biggest gains.
What is your opinion on all the fad diets out there?
I don’t believe in any of them. From low fat, low carb to following gluten-free many are difficult to maintain and not scientifically sound.
What do you consider healthy eating?
A balanced diet with whole foods that is high in fruits, vegetables and fiber, with a source of protein at every meal. It also includes 5-6 small meals throughout the day,
Are bread and carbohydrates the enemy like media makes them out to be?
No. I personally don’t eat bread or pasta but carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet. Everything in moderation is key to a healthy lifestyle.