Nutrition

Does What You Eat Make a Difference to Exercise Recovery? Exercise recovery is one of the most important components of athletic performance. From a sports nutrition perspective, recovery provides time for the body to fuel up while it cools down. Recovery nutrition allows for: Expedited muscle glycogen...

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet only one-third of us actually make the time to eat it. While working with athletes on a daily basis, I hear all kinds of excuses: “I’m too tired to chew, I can’t eat in the morning, there’s no food around, if I eat before working out I’ll get sick, I don’t...

In the United States, we believe in checks and balances from the Federal Government to the hospital. Our assumption is that there is someone safeguarding the consumer. In recent years, we’ve seen the consequences when no one is watching businesses and banks. What you might not know is that since 1994, no one is...

As a sports dietitian and nutrition coach, I am always looking for ways to help my athletes optimize performance through what they eat, how much they eat and when they eat. I like to provide demos, cooking classes and shopping tours and watch them become engaged, excited and inspired to think about their fuel....

If you are like most sports enthusiasts, you are enjoying watching the Olympics. You might be watching this with your children and squeezing this “must see TV” in between basketball practice or taking your child to yet another track or softball practice. As a mom of athletic children, I can remember the...

Many athletes go to great extremes to eat healthfully. Needless to say, the definition of “eating healthfully” varies from person to person and often takes on a religious zeal. “Healthy eating” tends to include these parameters:  No refined sugar, gummy candy, soda pop, sweets No potato chips, corn chips,...

Most athletes know the value of good nutrition at meals, but what about when you want a quick snack between meals?  Here are some nutritious foods to keep in your kitchen that can help fuel your body and take the edge off of your hunger: Graham crackers and nut butters: Choose the nut butters that are freshly ground,...

For athletes, caffeine is a proven performance enhancer. In their new book Caffeine for Sports Performance, sports dietitians Louise Burke and Ben Desbrow and exercise physiologist Lawrence Spriet address all-things-caffeine that an athlete might want to know. Here are just a few tidbits that I gleaned from this...

Vitamin and mineral supplements, as well as fruit and vegetable replacements, abound in today’s nutrition marketplace.  Their advertising claims are impressive, but can pills really enhance your health and performance?  Are any problems associated with taking nutritional supplements?  Do athletes have a higher...

Spring training is over for both Major and Minor League players which signals the start of a very long season with a number of variables not experienced during spring training to include longer hours, more travel, night games, day games after night games, variable training facilities and a limited number of days off....