Nutrition

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....

In the past year, my clients have become very curious about coconut oil. “What about coconut oil?” they ask. “Is it good or bad?” My answer is there is not a good or bad food. That is, an apple is a good (healthful) food but a diet of all apples is a bad diet. The same concept applies to coconut oil. A little...

Given that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, your chances of eating breakfast improve when you plan a meal that is both yummy and offers nutrients that will help you perform well.  This recipe is a favorite from Gale Bernhardt, cycling and triathlon coach. What makes this an “athlete’s” omelet is...

Although science weakly (at best) supports snacking for health in the general population, regular snacking by collegiate and professional athletes can improve performance in both sports and academics. The Importance of Snacking for Athletes Collegiate athletes have higher energy needs than nonathletic peers, making...

As you might have heard through stories in the media, the Dodgers have gone “all in” on eating organic foods throughout the organization. When walking around the dining area you can hear a lot of new buzz words being thrown around: “Grass Fed”, “Free Range”, “Locally Grown” and “Organic” to name a...