Elite Nutrition and Performance Hydration Needs for Young Athletes


Hydration Needs for Young Athletes

Hydration Needs for Young Athletes

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 don’t cool down the same as adults do. Rather than by sweating and evaporation, they cool down more by radiation (transferring their heat to something else such as a cool towel). Tip – take a cooler with cold towels and cloths!

Radiation aside, drinking enough fluids

Elite Nutrition and Performance How to Prevent Age-Related Muscle Loss


How to Prevent Age-Related Muscle Loss

How to Prevent Age-Related Muscle Loss

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:

  1. getting in enough protein coupled with,
  2. lifting weights.

In this video, I reveal plenty of sources of protein you can easily get into your diet that contain the essential amino acids your muscles need. Plus – I also break down the effects of Intermittent Fasting on your muscles that might surprise you.

Be sure to also check out my other videos: The Benefits

Elite Nutrition and Performance How Young Athletes Can Pre-Fuel for After School Practice


How Young Athletes Can Pre-Fuel for After School Practice

How Young Athletes Can Pre-Fuel for After School Practice

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 of protein or fat. Too much protein or fat will slow down their digestion, which can lower their energy.

So what should they eat?

Watch this video for my examples of what food your young athlete can take to school with them to eat before practice.

Elite Nutrition and Performance What Your Young Athlete Should Eat After Late Night Practice


What Your Young Athlete Should Eat After a Late Night Practice or Game

What Your Young Athlete Should Eat After a Late Night 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 prepare it ahead of time for either the ride home in the car, or soon after returning home.

Watch my video to first learn the 3 things you need to focus on when feeding your young athlete at night after performing –

Elite Nutrition and Performance How To Make Your Own Collagen-filled Bone Broth


How To Make Your Own Collagen-filled Bone Broth

How To Make Your Own Collagen-filled Bone Broth

Hint….Don’t throw away that chicken carcass.

Collagen is all the rave right now in the world of nutrition, and for good reason. Be sure to see my video, Is Collagen Protein Good For You? to learn more about the different types of collagen protein, and the many benefits for your overall health, aesthetics and healing from injuries.

One thing I love about my work is helping clients not only improve their diet to support their health and performance, but to do so in a way that’s simple, affordable, and totally doable! Similar to making your own sports drink, sure you could purchase the many expensive collagen powders on the market, and there are plenty that will empty your wallet. OR… you can obtain natural collagen from real food, and one of the best ways is from bone broth.