Nutrition for Athletes

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Water: A Wonderful Performance Enhancer

Water is a wonderful performance enhancer. When a star U Conn basketball player took the advice of his sports nutritionist Nancy Rodriguez RD and started drinking enough to consistently void a light-colored urine, he was amazed at how much better he felt all day. Unfortunately, too many athletes …

Posted by kschwarz on Friday April 8, 2016
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Injured Athletes: Nutrition Tips to Hasten Healing

Being injured is one of the hardest parts of being an athlete. If you are unable to exercise due to broken bones, knee surgery, stress fracture, or concussion, you may wonder: What can I eat to heal quickly? How can I avoid getting fat while I'm unable to exercise? Should I be taking supplements?

Posted by kschwarz on Wednesday March 9, 2016
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Eat your Beans!

Remember this jingle: “Beans, beans, the musical fruit. The more you eat, the more you toot”? The embarrassment associated with tooting explains why many athletes shy away from beans (pinto, kidney, black) and also legumes (lentils, peanuts, soy, chick peas). But far more than being a …

Posted by kschwarz on Monday January 11, 2016
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Fueling on a Budget

“When we travel as a team, we eat at fast food places because they fit with our small budget.What's the best fast food for athletes...?” 

“After my workout, the last thing I want to do is cook dinner. Where can I buy affordable but healthy sports meals...?”

A limited …

Posted by kschwarz on Wednesday December 9, 2015
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Hot topics in Food and Nutrition: Updates from the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

Can a vegetarian athlete get enough protein?

What about antibiotics in meat?

Do artificial sweeteners cause cancer?


These are just a few of the questions that athletes often ask me in their quest to eat wisely and consume a quality sports diet. They feel so confused by the plethora of conflicting…

Posted by kschwarz on Tuesday November 3, 2015
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So You Want to Build Some Muscles…?

So you want to get buff, eh, and have nicely defined muscles, a six-pack ab, and compliments galore about “looking great”?

The ads in magazines such as Muscle & Fitness easily lead wanna-be-buff athletes to believe that anyone can look like a hulk by simply taking an assortment of …

Posted by kschwarz on Friday October 2, 2015
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Gluten, Grains & Good Nutrition

Good grief! Are grains really all that bad for us? To listen to some athletes talk, you'd think grain foods are the dieter's demon. Often demoted to being “just carbs,” whole grains are actually a beneficial part of a sports diet. But to the detriment of many athletes, grain foods—…

Posted by kschwarz on Wednesday September 16, 2015
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Should Athletes Avoid Junk Food?

“I'm training really hard, doing double workouts, and eating only healthy foods. I feel full all the time—but I am losing too much weight. I don't think I could comfortably eat any more…”

 “I generally eat clean—but some days I cheat and have ice cream.&…

Posted by kschwarz on Friday September 11, 2015
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Traveling Athletes & Gas Station Nutrition

Are you among the many athletes, referees, coaches, athletic trainers, and support crews—including parents, partners and siblings—who spend too much time on the road, traveling from one sporting event to the next? If so, your food budget is likely tight, your encounters with unhealthy …

Posted by kschwarz on Wednesday August 26, 2015
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Carbohydrates: Why are they so confusing?

Carbohydrates seem to be a source of confusion for athletes and fitness exercisers alike. Due to the Paleo Diet, Grain Brain, Wheat Belly, and other trendy diet books, many active people don’t know what to eat. They just think they should avoid pasta, bagels, juice, bananas and sugar—…

Posted by Mr. Tom Casey on Wednesday April 29, 2015
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