Nutritionally Fit

Episode #46: Is Your Athlete Getting Enough Fuel To Run The Machine?

  If your athlete was showing signs of energy imbalance, would they recognize it?   Would you?   This is an important topic because athletes who find their sweet spot and maintain an energy balance will have an edge, be less at risk for injury and set a foundation for a healthy life.   In today’s huddle, I talk with Rebecca McConville, RD, LD, CSSD, CEDRD, about the topic of Relative Energy Deficit in Sport (or RED-S). We discuss how to be proactive and avoid RED-S so athletes stay in their sweet spot all season long.   Rebecca and I discuss…   Who she is, what she does and why she does it and her book, Finding Your Sweet Spot: How to Avoid RED-S (Relative Energy Deficit in Sport) by Optimizing Your Energy Balance.   How her personal journey led to her profession as a sports dietitian, specializing in eating…

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Episode #37: What Happens When Your Athlete Doesn’t Eat Properly?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: Did you know that food is more than just fuel for our athletes? It’s information their body uses to perform and to stay injury free. So what happens when our athlete doesn’t eat properly? In today’s huddle, I talk with a sports dietitian, Amy Dirks. Amy is a mom of two daughters playing sports and Amy herself was a D1 volleyball player at Arkansas State. She also was Sporting KC’s first sports dietitian. Amy and I discuss… Who she is, what she does and why she does it. Her food philosophy: Eat whole foods as much as possible, which means food that grows and dies. Why we are not meant to eat all the processed foods, artificial ingredients, and preservatives. Why food is not just fuel…it’s information for our body and why an athlete can’t “out supplement” a diet missing whole foods. Why…

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Episode #27 – How Can Your Wrestler Avoid Burnout in the 3rd period?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: Spitting, sweating and starving a wrestler to make weight is not a healthy nutrition plan. So on today’s huddle, I talk with Jackie Slomin, Registered Dietitian, who specializes in nutrition for wrestlers. Jackie and I talk about… How Jackie became interested in nutrition and why she specializes in nutrition for wrestlers. How she approaches nutrition/making weight for wrestlers and how her approach is different from the traditional approach. Jackie shares how important carbs are to their performance on and off the mat. Why she doesn’t believe young wrestlers should be cutting weight. Her advice/tips for sports moms of a younger wrestler and also high school wrestlers as they navigate nutrition with their wrestlers. BIO: Jackie is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist on a mission to make sure people feel confident and happy about their food and bodies by providing a science-driven approach to nutrition…

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Episode #22 – Eat Like A Champion

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: Today’s Topic: I’m joined by Jill Castle, a pediatric nutritionist with over 27 years of working with kids and families. Jill shares why she became a nutritionist and how her active kids influenced her sports nutrition focus. We talk about how sports nutrition has changed and where it’s headed. Jill discusses how we got off-track in sports nutrition by rewarding physical activity with a treat instead of fueling for recovery. We talk about how food marketers target sports parents and what we can do to avoid the trap. Jill explains the over/under rule is and how to use it. We discuss her book, Eat Like A Champion and what to expect from it. JILL CASTLE MS, RDN, CDN, is a registered dietitian and America’s childhood nutrition expert. A contributor to SportingKid magazine, a representative to the Youth Sports Safety Alliance, and the mother…

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