It can be difficult for athletes, coaches and parents to sort out fact, fiction and fads in the evolving field of sports science. The Sanford Sports Science Institute is here to help. Through its role as the official research partner of the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation, SSSI experts are going to your questions in this ongoing … Continue reading Ask an Expert: Sports science insights for athletes
Ask an Expert: Sports science insights for athletes
Choosing healthy snacks on the road
If you’re traveling to a competition and you find yourself without snacks, a gas station or convenience store can provide easy access to light nourishment. But – while it can be tempting to choose foods with little to no nutritional value – selecting items like candy, chips, pizza or soda can leave you with low … Continue reading Choosing healthy snacks on the road
Sugar and Athletes
Too much sugar in a diet can lead to many not-so-sweet health consequences. But can athletes get away with having more sugar in their food and beverages? Learn about the different kinds of sugar, which sugars you should limit and when sugar can improve athletic performance before you decide for yourself. Added sugars vs. natural … Continue reading Sugar and Athletes
Milk: What kind is right for you?
When you walk down the dairy aisle, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the different types of milk. There are dairy and non-diary choices, cow’s milk, plant-based alternatives and more. But what’s the right kind of milk for you? People may choose a cow’s milk alternative for several reasons – lactose intolerance and dairy allergies, … Continue reading Milk: What kind is right for you?
Sanford POWER Golf Services
Drive your game with golf services from Sanford POWER. Our golf specialists are trained to evaluate your fundamentals and help you make the adjustments that will impact your final score. Not all swings are created equal. Your body and physical fitness level affect how you swing the club. The golf swing is a balance between … Continue reading Sanford POWER Golf Services
Sanford POWER Golf Academy
Whether you’re looking to adjust your swing or become a stronger player, Sanford POWER is here to drive your game forward no matter your age or current skill set. The Sanford POWER Golf Academy in Sioux Falls is the most comprehensive golf program in the region, bringing together skill work with sports science, physical therapy, … Continue reading Sanford POWER Golf Academy
Keeping Your New Year Resolutions
As we move into the New Year, you may be craving a fresh start. The holiday season can often derail our normal fitness and nutrition habits. While health should be a year-long pursuit, New Year’s resolutions can be a fun opportunity to change your habits for the better. Many people select over-ambitious or vague resolutions, … Continue reading Keeping Your New Year Resolutions
How to use nutrition to support a healthy immune system
The cold and flu season is quickly approaching. Even a mild illness can cause a major setback to your fitness gains. Making sure that you’re eating the right foods and including rest days in your routine can make a huge difference to your immune health. Maintaining the best immunity can often mean the difference between … Continue reading How to use nutrition to support a healthy immune system
Caffine + Exercise: A Winning Combo?
Many of us start out our day with a hot cup of coffee to get going. But have you ever considered how caffeine may affect your workouts? Do you already use caffeine-containing supplements to boost your performance? Let’s take a look at caffeine’s role in exercise and how best to use it to improve your … Continue reading Caffine + Exercise: A Winning Combo?
How does your drink measure up?
By Kelsey Herrick, RD, CSSD, LRD Staying well hydrated is important for athletes to gain a competitive edge because hydration status has a large impact on both performance and recovery. Fluids in the body assist in regulating body temperature, help blood to pump freely, deliver fuel and oxygen to muscles and clear out waste products. … Continue reading How does your drink measure up?
Orthorexia: Taking healthy eating too far
By Rachel Dewey, Iowa State Dietetic Intern and Lizzie Kasparek, MS, RD, CSSD, LN Sports Dietitian Nutrition and physical activity are important parts of a healthy lifestyle, but a growing trend of obsessive healthy eating has medical professionals worried. The hashtag #eatclean has 51 million posts on Instagram. Eating well and exercising are, of … Continue reading Orthorexia: Taking healthy eating too far
Why breakfast matters
By Kelsey Herrick, RD, CSSD, LRD You frequently hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it is especially important for athletes. But why? And although every athlete has heard that they should eat breakfast, many still skip it for a variety of reasons. Read on to find out why this … Continue reading Why breakfast matters
What protein powder is best for you?
By Gavin Van De Walle Dietetic Intern with Lizzie Kasparek, MS, RD, CSSD, LN Sports Dietitian Shopping for your significant other is difficult. But have you ever tried shopping for protein powders? Some powders are animal based and others plant, some digest quick while others slow, and some proteins are made from concentrate and others isolate. And … Continue reading What protein powder is best for you?
Be Better: Training tips from Sanford POWER and Dusty Coleman
Pro baseball player Dusty Coleman and Sanford POWER are teaming up to offer insights and training tips to enhance your athletic performance: Do you put any stock in certifications for strength and conditioning coaches? DUSTY COLEMAN “Working with strength and conditioning coaches that are certified gives me the peace of mind in knowing that … Continue reading Be Better: Training tips from Sanford POWER and Dusty Coleman
Be better: Training tips from Sanford POWER and Kim Kaufman
Pro golfer Kim Kaufman and Sanford POWER are teaming up to offer insights and training tips over a variety of topics to enhance your athletic performance: How do you keep your mind and your body right when on the road? KIM KAUFMAN “A couple of really vital things help my mind and body when traveling so much. … Continue reading Be better: Training tips from Sanford POWER and Kim Kaufman
From a sports nutrition expert: How to gain “good” weight
By Kelsey Herrick, RD, CSSD, LRD Trying to gain weight to improve your athletic performance? Many athletes have a difficult time gaining weight and want to know how to properly gain muscle without gaining extra body fat. Read on for tips to gain weight and build muscle. Getting Started Setting realistic weight goals and an … Continue reading From a sports nutrition expert: How to gain “good” weight
Be better: Training tips from Sanford POWER and Amy Olson
Pro golfer Amy Olson and Sanford POWER are teaming up to offer insights and training tips to enhance your athletic performance: Travel is a part of sports. How do you keep your body tuned in while on the road? AMY OLSON “This is such an important question and I am constantly learning new tricks and habits … Continue reading Be better: Training tips from Sanford POWER and Amy Olson
Be better: Training Tips from Sanford POWER and Matt Cullen
Pro hockey player Matt Cullen and Sanford POWER are teaming up to offer ongoing insight and education into athletic performance over a variety of topics: WHAT RECOVERY TECHNIQUES DO YOU FIND TO BE HELPFUL? MATT CULLEN “Compression gear helps a lot of recovery. I also find hot and cold contrast baths to be very helpful. … Continue reading Be better: Training Tips from Sanford POWER and Matt Cullen
Fueling Beyond the Long Run: Eating Enough During Training
Spring and summer races are fast approaching, and in preparation for those races, runners are out logging hundreds of miles on the roads and trails. As the mileage increases and runners hit the peak weeks of their training, nutrition becomes increasingly important. Despite this, many endurance athletes may not be eating enough calories to support … Continue reading Fueling Beyond the Long Run: Eating Enough During Training
POWER to hold Strength and Conditioning Clinics in Fargo and Sioux Falls
Once again, Sanford POWER is holding Strength and Conditioning Clinics to give professionals the chance to discover the latest research when it comes to sports performance. The clinics are available in Fargo on April 13-14 and Sioux Falls … Continue reading POWER to hold Strength and Conditioning Clinics in Fargo and Sioux Falls
Special: New Year’s Nutrition Start-Up Package
The Sanford Sports Science Institute in Sioux Falls is offering a New Year’s Nutrition Start-Up Package. This includes: An assessment of resting energy expenditure to calculate daily nutritional needs A consult with a registered dietitian nutritionist to develop a personalized nutrition plan Two body composition … Continue reading Special: New Year’s Nutrition Start-Up Package
Be better: Training tips from C.J. Ham and Sanford POWER
Pro fullback C.J. Ham and Sanford POWER are teaming up to offer ongoing insight and education into athletic performance over a variety of topics: What are some movements you like to do that don’t involve great equipment or facilities? C.J. Ham “I was really big into doing push-ups, sit-ups and dips at home. My dad … Continue reading Be better: Training tips from C.J. Ham and Sanford POWER
Be better: Training tips from Zach Zenner and Sanford POWER
Pro running back Zach Zenner and Sanford POWER are teaming up to offer ongoing insight and education into athletic performance over a variety of topics: What are you paying attention to in terms of nutrition? Zach Zenner “I try to look at scientific studies that have been done, and if there’s nothing like that out there … Continue reading Be better: Training tips from Zach Zenner and Sanford POWER
Be better: Training tips from Carson Wentz and Sanford POWER
Pro quarterback Carson Wentz and Sanford POWER are teaming up to offer ongoing insight and education into athletic performance over a variety of topics: What’s the importance of working with certified strength and conditioning coaches? Does that really matter? CARSON WENTZ “To get certified, you have to know what you’re doing, and you can … Continue reading Be better: Training tips from Carson Wentz and Sanford POWER
Now available: Virtual sports nutrition consults
Proper nutrition is essential to maximizing training and optimizing sports performance, but many athletes are not aware of ways to access a nutrition expert who can help them to gain a competitive edge by learning how to effectively fuel for their sport and activities. … Continue reading Now available: Virtual sports nutrition consults
Marathon Week Nutrition – Strategies to Run Your Best Race!
Sioux Falls Marathon weekend is fast approaching! On Sept. 10, runners from Sioux Falls and beyond will toe the starting line to run the Miracle 5K, half marathon, full marathon or marathon relay. This year, the race has some big changes, including a new start/finish location inside the Denny Sanford Premier Center. If you’re running one … Continue reading Marathon Week Nutrition – Strategies to Run Your Best Race!
Essential Summer Nutrition and Hydration Tips for Endurance Athletes
Summertime often signals the beginning of training for fall endurance races, such as running and cycling. Endurance training during the summer requires many hours spent outdoors in the sun and heat, so a concern athletes should know about training in these conditions is the amount of electrolytes (e.g. sodium) and fluid lost through their sweat, as … Continue reading Essential Summer Nutrition and Hydration Tips for Endurance Athletes
Sanford POWER Golf Academy
The Sanford POWER Golf Academy is the most comprehensive golf program in the region, bringing together skill work with sports science, physical therapy and strength and conditioning. Our team of experts can help you move better, feel better and play better. Options include: • Coaching led by PGA Teaching Professional Todd Kolb • Golf Movement and Performance … Continue reading Sanford POWER Golf Academy
Sanford Sports Medicine directory: 2019-20
Looking for sports medicine, sports performance, sports science, sports nutrition or sports physical therapy services? Here’s a guide to the locations, people and programs provided by Sanford Health across Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Even if you are located outside of that area, we can help. An overview: At Sanford Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, … Continue reading Sanford Sports Medicine directory: 2019-20
Don’t delay post-workout nutrition
By Brett Beil, CSCS You just finished your intense strength training session or your long run. You are tired and thinking about checking messages on your phone or seeing what sports are on TV tonight. It hasn’t crossed your mind yet, but right now you should be thinking about what … Continue reading Don’t delay post-workout nutrition
Be Better: Training tips from Carson Wentz
Pro quarterback Carson Wentz and Sanford POWER are teaming up to offer ongoing insight and education into athletic performance over a variety of topics: Stretching: Carson Wentz “Stretching is so undervalued. I’ve learned it’s important to keep my body right and make sure its ready to go. Athletes can really limit a lot of … Continue reading Be Better: Training tips from Carson Wentz
Setting Smarter Goals After the New Year
Do you set a New Year’s Resolution this year? Are you making progress towards your goals? The 1st of the year is seen by many as a fresh start; a time to look forward and set a New Year’s Resolution. New Year’s resolutions aren’t for everyone – in fact, less than 50% of people from one popular survey … Continue reading Setting Smarter Goals After the New Year
Wrestling: Fueling up right
Wrestling integrates both mental and physical skills while demanding a high level of strength, aerobic fitness, flexibility, speed, agility, explosiveness, anticipation, quick reaction, and concentration. As a weight category sport, attaining an appropriate body composition is an important factor in competing in a desired and appropriate weight class. However, “making weight” just prior to each competition often is achieved by … Continue reading Wrestling: Fueling up right
Tips for a Healthier Holiday Season
Some people may already think they’re going to fall into unhealthy eating habits, stop exercising, and have a fear of gaining weight over the holidays. Although there is definitely an overabundance of treats and holiday meals around this time, the reality is that most people won’t gain very much weight (only about 1 pound over the whole … Continue reading Tips for a Healthier Holiday Season
Dehydration: A concern for basketball players?
By Jason Dorman, Sanford Sports Science Institute operations manager Proper hydration is a key component for effective athletic performance. However, the impact and importance of hydration during basketball practice or, more importantly, a game is often unappreciated and under emphasized by the athletes and coaching staff. Many players don’t realize the effect dehydration may have … Continue reading Dehydration: A concern for basketball players?
Fueling for a Hockey Tournament
Athletes who are looking to gain a competitive edge for their next on-the-road tournament should take a closer look at the meals they’re eating. Traveling athletes often lose out on many of the advantages of playing at home, such as sleeping in their own beds and eating meals at home, and traveling for hours in a car … Continue reading Fueling for a Hockey Tournament
Do I Need a Protein Shake?
By Lizzie Kuckuk Registered Dietician, Sanford Sports Science Institute Many athletes turn to a post-workout protein shake or supplement to try to get the most out of their workouts. Those bars and powders may pack a powerful protein punch and are convenient … Continue reading Do I Need a Protein Shake?
Nutrition for Maintaining Strength All Season Long
Some athletes who come in for a nutrition consult might have some kind of body composition goal – usually these athletes come in with the goal to gain lean mass (muscle) or lose fat mass. Body composition goals are set for many reasons, and may be related to improving performance, but many athletes aren’t setting … Continue reading Nutrition for Maintaining Strength All Season Long
Back-to-School Nutrition for Active Kids
This article was featured in The ‘Hood Magazine in June, so it is worth posting here now that some kids are going back to school and starting sports, and because August is Kids Eat Right Month. Back to school time is a great “fresh start” for things like school supplies and clothing, but it can … Continue reading Back-to-School Nutrition for Active Kids
Meal Prep 101 for Busy Athletes
One of the biggest roadblocks athletes report in their journey towards healthier eating is simply not having enough time in the day to cook or prepare meals and snacks. Many busy athletes and their families have tight schedules, where they might be eating meals at strange hours, on the road and in the bleachers, and … Continue reading Meal Prep 101 for Busy Athletes
Is Your Snack Holding You Back? Tips for Packing a Snack Made for an Athlete
Athletes love to snack, but when speaking with young athletes about snacking, the first foods that come to mind are pre-packaged salty snacks and sweet treats. Instead of wanting to know which foods are healthy, which foods they should avoid, and what the healthier alternatives to their favorite snacks are, young athletes often get stuck … Continue reading Is Your Snack Holding You Back? Tips for Packing a Snack Made for an Athlete
3 Summer Nutrition Goals for Offseason Athletes
During the summer, athletes can go from having a hectic, crazy-busy schedule, to having more time off and less hours spent training. Summer is a great time to relax and recover from a hard year of training, but it is also a great time for athletes to pay closer attention to their diets, getting into … Continue reading 3 Summer Nutrition Goals for Offseason Athletes
Staying Hydrated This Summer in 5 Easy Steps
Summer time is a great time to be active outside while it’s sunny and warm…but it’s important to stay hydrated! It’s time to move activities outdoors. No matter what the activity is, if athletes are spending time outside being active this summer, they’re probably going to get a lot sweatier, making it important that they … Continue reading Staying Hydrated This Summer in 5 Easy Steps
Vitamin D for Athletes: Why Athletes Need It to Perform and How to Get Enough
It definitely feels like summer outside, and while the sun is out and shining, it’s important to talk about a vitamin we actually get more of by spending time outside – Vitamin D! Vitamin D comes in 2 forms: D2 (ergocalciferol) and D3 (cholecalciferol), and can be found in foods, supplements, and we get it … Continue reading Vitamin D for Athletes: Why Athletes Need It to Perform and How to Get Enough
The Nutrition Facts Label Got a Makeover: Check Out What’s New!
Have you every looked at the Nutrition Facts Label on a product and scratched your head over what it listed as a serving? For example, who listed a serving of ice cream as ONLY half a cup? Why are there more than one servings listed in a seemingly “snack sized” bag of chips, soda, or … Continue reading The Nutrition Facts Label Got a Makeover: Check Out What’s New!
Beetroot Juice: Can it Help You Perform Better?
It seems as though the newest trend in the exercise community is drinking beetroot juice as a supplement to improve exercise tolerance. What are the benefits of drinking beetroot juice before competition? Beetoot juice (and beets in general) are rich in nitrates, which are commonly found in many vegetables, fruits and grains. Nitrates can also be … Continue reading Beetroot Juice: Can it Help You Perform Better?
Guest Post: Coffee’s Place in the Workout Regimen…Yes, Has a Place!
Coffee drinkers in the US are averaging about 2 cups of coffee a day (~200 mg caffeine), with 10% of the population consuming more than 1000 mg of caffeine per day. Coffee, and caffeine in general, has had a bad reputation in the past…but research shows that it can have many benefits during exercise, such as: … Continue reading Guest Post: Coffee’s Place in the Workout Regimen…Yes, Has a Place!
Training Talk: What Female Athletes Need to Know About Fueling Their Bodies
At the 10th Annual Sanford Sports Medicine Symposium last weekend, I spoke about nutrition’s role in injury prevention and recovery. One of the main topics of the presentation was low energy availability in athletes. Energy availability is the amount of calories left over for the body to use for normal physiological functions (heart beating, walking around, … Continue reading Training Talk: What Female Athletes Need to Know About Fueling Their Bodies
How Sweet It Is: The Truth About Hidden Sugar in Your Food
Many people consider sugary foods like soda pop, candy, cakes, chocolate and other desserts “junk food”. We all know those treats aren’t necessarily good for us – eating sugary treats can cause cavities, but increasing evidence suggests that diets which are lower in added sugars are associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, certain cancers, … Continue reading How Sweet It Is: The Truth About Hidden Sugar in Your Food
Training Talk: What You Need to Know About Gaining Muscle, Losing Weight
A hot topic among exercisers and athletes is the best diet and exercises to be able to gain lean muscle mass while losing fat. Is it even possible? Maintaining or changing body composition (losing fat, gaining muscle) is a balancing act – you need extra calories/building blocks to build muscle…but to lose weight, you need … Continue reading Training Talk: What You Need to Know About Gaining Muscle, Losing Weight
Why the Color Green Belongs on Your Plate All Year Long
St. Patrick’s Day is this week, and every store and restaurant is having deals on the traditional Irish corned beef and cabbage…and also on green-dyed food and drinks. A lot of people probably feel the pull to buy those festive foods because it feels as if we can ONLY get that green-tinted cookie/cake/donut/beverage/milkshake ONE day a … Continue reading Why the Color Green Belongs on Your Plate All Year Long
The Truth About Registered Dietitians (And Why Athletes Should See One!)
We are continuing our celebration of National Nutrition Month because today, Wednesday, March 9, 2016 marks the 9th annual Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) Day! Dietitians often get asked, “What’s the difference between a Dietitian and a Nutritionist?” This can be pretty confusing – anyone can call themselves a “Nutritionist” in the United States – it … Continue reading The Truth About Registered Dietitians (And Why Athletes Should See One!)
Why National Nutrition Month is Worth Celebrating
March is National Nutrition Month! Right when our healthy New Year’s habit’s begin to fade, National Nutrition Month® rolls around in March to remind you of those healthy eating habits. The theme for the 2016 National Nutrition Month® is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right,” which is all about bringing back the enjoyment factor of mealtimes. It’s important … Continue reading Why National Nutrition Month is Worth Celebrating
How To Adopt These Healthy Habits From People Who Maintain a Healthy Weight (Without Dieting)
We’ve probably all been out with friends and family members who ordered the salad “when they really wanted the pizza” or passed on going out for ice cream because they’re “on a diet”. Or maybe you’re reading this thinking of a time you have purposefully restricted certain food groups for a diet or felt guilt … Continue reading How To Adopt These Healthy Habits From People Who Maintain a Healthy Weight (Without Dieting)
Interview with Heidi Greenwood, Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier
This weekend, Saturday February 13th, U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials will take place in Los Angeles, California. Every four years, a super-fast group of competitive runners, whose previous race times meet the U.S. Olympic Trials qualifying standards, race for their spot to represent the U.S. in the Olympics. Sanford Power athlete Heidi Greenwood qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon … Continue reading Interview with Heidi Greenwood, Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier
4 Heart-Healthy Ingredients + Recipes for Game Day and Beyond
February is American Heart Month and Friday, February 5th, 2016 is National Wear Red Day – a day to wear the color red to help raise awareness about heart disease being the number one killer of women. Close behind Wear Red Day is another February day many will get together to celebrate – Superbowl Sunday. … Continue reading 4 Heart-Healthy Ingredients + Recipes for Game Day and Beyond
Training Talk – 3 Things Runners Need to Know About Carbs
One of the biggest nutrition topics runners ask about is CARBOHYDRATES. Why do we need them? When should I eat them? When should I not eat them? Which carbohydrates will make me fat? Which carbohydrates are good? Should I try a low carb diet? This article is going to delve into why runners need carbohydrates, … Continue reading Training Talk – 3 Things Runners Need to Know About Carbs
4 Easy Tips to Help EVERYONE Improve Their Nutrition (Without Following a Diet)
January 1st usually rolls around and has everyone in a panic to take drastic measures to “get healthy.” There’s plenty of diet advice going around, from news sites to social media nutritionists and health experts – it can lead many down the road of wondering whether they should adopt a new diet or which new … Continue reading 4 Easy Tips to Help EVERYONE Improve Their Nutrition (Without Following a Diet)
New Year’s (Or Any Time) Resolutions You Can Actually Stick To
Do you set a New Year’s Resolution? The 1st of the year is seen by many as a fresh start; a time to look forward and set a New Year’s Resolution. New Year’s resolutions aren’t for everyone – in fact, only a small percentage of people set a new Year’s Resolution, and an even smaller … Continue reading New Year’s (Or Any Time) Resolutions You Can Actually Stick To
Fat Focus: Why You Should Eat More Healthy Fats
This year’s news sites may have left you feeling conflicted on how you should feel about dietary fats – after decades of low-fat recommendations, news articles started popping up, talking how butter isn’t bad for you, why you should eat egg yolks, and why you should embrace fats. It wasn’t too long ago when all … Continue reading Fat Focus: Why You Should Eat More Healthy Fats
How To Boost Your Immune System (All Year Long!)
We’ve all had those days where you can just feel a cold coming on. Eyes watering, nose running, coughing, sneezing, and feeling headache, you head over to the nearest grocery store to pick up some orange juice, soup and medicine. If you’re an athlete, you might even think, “I wonder if I can still go to … Continue reading How To Boost Your Immune System (All Year Long!)
Tips for a Happier, Healthier Thanksgiving
Right around Thanksgiving, a million articles pop up on the news about what you should do to avoid the dreaded weight gain associated with the holidays, how you need to detox the day before and after Thanksgiving, or how to burn off all those calories from the food you ate. There’s a lot of dieting … Continue reading Tips for a Happier, Healthier Thanksgiving
The Athlete’s Guide to Reading a Nutrition Facts Label
Do you read the nutrition facts label on the back of food items? Knowing how to read a nutrition facts label is important for everyone, especially athletes who want to gain a competitive edge by fueling their bodies with the best foods possible. Many packaged foods will have some sort of advertising on the front … Continue reading The Athlete’s Guide to Reading a Nutrition Facts Label
How Much Protein You REALLY Need
A 130 lb. marathon running female would need between 78 and 91 grams of protein every day: 130 x 0.6 = 78 grams of protein/day 130 x 0.7 = 91 grams of protein/day This breaks down to only about 26 grams of protein per meal, if she eats 3 meals a day (really, most people … Continue reading How Much Protein You REALLY Need
How To Enjoy a Healthier Halloween
Because Halloween is fast-approaching and the grocery store has an entire aisle dedicated to giant bags of candy, this post is going to be all about enjoying a healthier Halloween. Whether your family celebrates Halloween or not, you can’t miss the candy fest in the grocery stores during this time of year. Although Halloween is … Continue reading How To Enjoy a Healthier Halloween
The Quick Guide to Fueling Young Athletes
Consistent good nutrition can support a child or teen’s growth, development and immune system, and can also help them be a stronger athlete and a more attentive student. If this is the case, why is the sports environment filled with fast food? Why are athletes choosing supplements to help them perform better when they’re choosing … Continue reading The Quick Guide to Fueling Young Athletes
The Secrets to a Healthy Gut
Bacteria have a bad reputation, especially during the fall and winter seasons, when everyone around you seems to be coming down with the flu or a cold. Many athletes during this season might be increasing their training volume and are looking for a little extra immune support. While it’s true you’ll want to wash your … Continue reading The Secrets to a Healthy Gut
5 Tips to Making Hydration a Habit
Have you ever heard the rule, “You should be drinking eight 8-oz glasses of water a day?” I certainly have…and while this is a good rule of thumb, hydration guidelines are highly individual. This makes it difficult to give people, especially people of different body sizes and activity levels, a set amount of water to … Continue reading 5 Tips to Making Hydration a Habit
Pack a Snack
Snacking is a huge topic in the news and among clients (Is eating more snacks better? Should I eat between meals? Is 5 small meals better than 3 large meals?) I recommend that clients eat when they’re hungry, which often includes eating several snacks throughout the day, especially if you’re very active or you’re an athlete. Packing snacks … Continue reading Pack a Snack
Will the Real Pumpkin Flavor Please Stand Up?
Now that the temperatures are dropping (in the Midwest, at least), and the days are getting shorter, many people are breaking out their long sleeves and hanging fall decorations as pumpkin spice everything returns to store shelves. You can find everything from pumpkin spice lip gloss and body lotions to pumpkin spice chocolate candies,yogurt, boxes of cereal, … Continue reading Will the Real Pumpkin Flavor Please Stand Up?
Choosing More Whole Foods
It’s no surprise that athletes, especially professional athletes, expend a great deal of energy during their days, often practicing every day, more than once per day. To fuel this high level of activity, athletes have much higher caloric needs, which equates to a proportional increase in the amount of carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats athletes … Continue reading Choosing More Whole Foods
Potluck and Tailgate Tips from the Dietitian
For many, the end of summer signifies the start of Football season. This means getting together with friends for potlucks or tailgating before the game to eat delicious food and cheer for The Green Bay Packers your favorite sports team. We don’t usually think of “healthy” when we think of our favorite potluck or tailgating … Continue reading Potluck and Tailgate Tips from the Dietitian