5 Surprising Reasons Young Swimmers Should Eat Breakfast
This dietitian wants the young swimmer to eat breakfast. Here are my reasons why.
Power Your Willpower
Athletes in every sport have been introduced to the idea of willpower and how necessary that characteristic is to success at elite levels of sport. Willpower is one of those vaguely explained and often misunderstood concepts in the language of sport.
Nutrition Strategies for the Young Swimmer with ADHD
It can be challenging for the child or teen with ADHD to match their nutrient requirements.
10 Protein-Based Breakfasts Your Swimmer Will Love
It can be challenging to get swimmers to eat breakfast. However, all swimmers may benefit from a routine that includes eating a healthy breakfast.
5 Strategies to Help Picky Swimmers Eat Better
Let’s face it, picky swimmers are a challenge to feed and fuel. Here are 5 strategies that may help.
Build Better Bones in the Swimmer
Certainly, a healthy diet and exercise contributes to healthy bones… but is it enough?
Competing at a Distance: Nutrition Tips for Long Distance Travel
It’s that time of year when many swimmers will be traveling to compete. Long distance travel can wreak havoc on a swimmer’s body. Here are a few tips to lesson the impact.
5 Nutrition Myths for the Growing Swimmer that Won’t Die
Certain tenets of nutrition are tried and true, backed by the research, and used in practical and effective ways. Other beliefs about nutrition are just that – beliefs. Here are a few nutrition myths that just won’t die.
Protein: It’s All in the Distribution
Protein is a nutrient that is well received and best utilized by the body when it appears regularly throughout the day.
Engineered Sports Foods: 5 Reasons to Put Them in Their Place
While marketers and makers of engineered sports foods will focus on the positive aspects and sell you every reason under the sun why you need them, what they won’t tell you about are the drawbacks for young athletes. But I will.
When a Meal is a Meal
When I wrote Growing Swimmers May Need a 4th Meal, I noticed a lot of comments on USA Swimming’s Facebook page indicating that 4 meals wasn’t nearly enough food for a swimmer.
Growing Swimmers May Need a 4th Meal
Try to rotate some of these 4th meal ideas into your swimmer’s nutrition plan, especially if “snacks” are growing in size and frequency.
Why do Swimmers Crave Food?
Why do swimmers crave food, particularly carbs?
6 Healthy Foods that Fool Young Swimmers
Many consumers are fooled by the food they eat. These 6 foods may be fooling your young swimmer, and here’s why.
What Champions Know About Nutrition
Here are a few things that all champion swimmers understand about nutrition.
High Fat/Ketogenic Diet: Love it or Lose it?
While the world of sports has seen its fair share of magical potions and powders, dietary strategies such as the high-fat/low-carbohydrate/ketogenic diet, are (literally) making their way into the mouths of babes.
The Best Carbs to Include in the Training Diet
Here are some starchy carbs to incorporate in meals and snacks, along with some of their nutritional benefits.
5 Strategies to Make Sure Young Swimmers Get Enough Protein
Here are some fail-proof strategies to ensure swimmers get enough protein, and at the right times.
16 Breakfast Ideas for the Young Swimmer
To make getting breakfast on board for your young swimmer easier, check out these breakfast ideas categorized by preparation method.
5 Bad Eating Habits Swimmers Must Break
Bad eating habits may get in the way of athletic performance and future potential. Here are some of the bad eating habits I see among young swimmers.
3 Nutrients Young Swimmers Shouldn’t Miss
Nutrition plays a key role in performance and recovery. But for the young swimmer, it also supports growth and development. While there are important nutrients for swimming, such carbohydrates and protein, there are also micronutrients that may be at risk for deficiency, like iron, calcium, and vitamin D.
Three Easy Ways to Check for Dehydration
Staying hydrated is a constant effort for many swimmers, requiring a hydration plan around exercise and vigilance for signs of dehydration. In young athletes, a 1% dehydration can impair athletic performance (a one-pound weight loss in a 100# athlete). A plan for drinking enough fluids throughout the day is the best defense against dehydration.