How to Improve Gut Health for Cold and Flu Season
Elite Nutrition and Performance Blog
by Kristen
2M ago
Looking for ways to boost your immune system during cold and flu season? Tip: 70% of your immune system is in your gut! The wise saying “you are what you eat” is testimony to the importance of our digestive tract, and there is plenty of information available to learn about the amazing role our guts play in our health, and immunity. The easiest way to immediately improve your digestive tract is with probiotics, and by getting good bacteria from fermented foods. Luckily, there is an inexpensive way to create probiotic-packed fermented foods at home! I love do-it-yourself recipes that are cheap a ..read more
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How To Spot Disordered Eating In Your Young Athlete
Elite Nutrition and Performance Blog
by Kristen
2M ago
You suspect that your young athlete has an eating disorder. But what are the signs to look for? What do you do, and more importantly, what don’t you do? Do learn more about the topic and seek professional help. Do not wait. This topic is near and dear to my heart, and you can learn why in my 3-part series, My Personal Struggle With an Eating Disorder. I have parents who contact me all the time that are concerned about their child, teen, or young athlete. It’s the best first step they can take to set in motion a plan of action. To get effective support, parents need to work with a professiona ..read more
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What Your Young Athlete Should Eat After a Late Night Practice or Game
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by Kristen
2M ago
It’s 9:00pm and your young athlete is starving after their practice or game. What do you feed them? You don’t want them going to bed on an uncomfortably full stomach, but not an empty one either. It’s important to feed them after a long evening of competition, to support training adaptation. By not feeding them, you’re doing their body a disservice. But rather than just grabbing a bag of chips, you want to choose nourishing food that helps build and repair their muscles. Luckily, it’s simpler than you think to quickly feed your athlete with healthy food late at night before bed. You can easily ..read more
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How Young Athletes Can Pre-Fuel for After School Practice
Elite Nutrition and Performance Blog
by Kristen
2M ago
School’s back in and so are after-school practices for young athletes. I hear from parents at the start of every school year looking for a nutrition plan to support their athlete. Pre-fueling for practices and games after school is especially important to help them perform at their best, so it’s one of the top questions I get asked about. After school events can be tricky if they’re not going home before practice, and what’s needed is energizing food that is portable, quick and easy. For the optimal time-release of energy, they also need a snack that’s high in carbohydrates, with a little bit ..read more
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How to Prevent Age-Related Muscle Loss
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by Kristen
2M ago
Are you over the age of 30? Great things come with age, but when it comes to maintaining your muscles, you need to up your game to avoid age-related muscle loss. Sarcopenia is muscle loss that occurs with aging and/or immobility, and sadly after 30, we start to lose muscle mass by 3% to 5% each decade. But – it doesn’t have to be this way! What’s the answer? We can do a lot to delay this effect of aging with the one-two punch of: getting in enough protein coupled with, lifting weights. In this video, I reveal plenty of sources of protein you can easily get into your diet that contain the ess ..read more
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Hydration Needs for Young Athletes
Elite Nutrition and Performance Blog
by Kristen
2M ago
Parents listen up! Every summer I work with young athletes to help them understand their hydration needs, and to establish a hydration protocol for parents to help their athlete implement. It’s a “hot” topic every summer (pun intended!), because it’s such a critical component of their health and performance, and the consequences of dehydration are so serious. Just a 1% body weight loss from dehydration is enough for a young athlete to feel the effects, and any other medical condition they might have can increase their fluid loss even more. You might be surprised to learn that young athletes do ..read more
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Is All Sugar Bad for You?
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by Kristen
2M ago
This video breaks it down and explains what type to avoid, and the better alternatives. Similar to dairy, sugar has gotten a bad rap, and many people now avoid it like the plague. See my blog which raises a glass to The Benefits of Milk for Building Muscle. Yes, there’s good reason to avoid too much refined white sugar, for all the health reasons we’re familiar with. However, there are different types of sugar that actually provide nutritional benefits. Nature provides us with other delicious options to choose from and less need for artificial sweeteners. Do you know the two natural sweeteners ..read more
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The Benefits of Milk for Building Muscle
Elite Nutrition and Performance Blog
by Kristen
2M ago
In this video, I discuss why dairy deserves a second look for muscle building. June is National Dairy Month, so it’s the perfect time to pay homage to a glass of milk, and all the nutritional benefits it provides. In particular, in this video I explain how its benefits deserve a second look for building muscle and improving performance. Dairy tends to get a bad rap due to allergies and lactose intolerance, and this is a legitimate reason to avoid it for people who have these issues. For those of you without this sensitivity however, and if you’re an athlete trying to gain muscle and boost your ..read more
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Let’s Talk About Female Athlete Triad
Elite Nutrition and Performance Blog
by Kristen
2M ago
In this video, I talk about something that’s been on my mind lately; Female athlete triad syndrome. I work a lot with athletes and active individuals to help them fuel their body for better health and performance. I often get calls from parents who are concerned about their teen athlete, because they’re working out and training a lot and participating in a sport, but they’re not fueling their body properly, and the symptoms are starting to show up. A recent case was with a mother whose teenage daughter has Female athlete triad syndrome; a medical condition resulting from severe under-fueling t ..read more
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How to Improve Gut Health for Cold and Flu Season
Elite Nutrition and Performance Blog
by Kristen
2M ago
Looking for ways to boost your immune system during cold and flu season? Tip: 70% of your immune system is in your gut! The wise saying “you are what you eat” is testimony to the importance of our digestive tract, and there is plenty of information available to learn about the amazing role our guts play in our health, and immunity. The easiest way to immediately improve your digestive tract is with probiotics, and by getting good bacteria from fermented foods. Luckily, there is an inexpensive way to create probiotic-packed fermented foods at home! I love do-it-yourself recipes that are cheap a ..read more
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