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Off-season nutrition is a critical part of a triathlete and runner’s performance nutrition regimen. As a triathlete and runner, my personal biggest nutrition challenge is making that transition to the off-season. The good news is, there are plenty of strategies you can put in place to achieve successful off-season nutrition! The year I trained for […]

BY Alex | August 24, 2022 | Sports Performance Nutrition

An Endurance Athlete’s Guide to Off-Season Nutrition

An endurance athlete's guide to off-season nutrition by a sports dietitian

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Carb loading is an important strategy for endurances athletes to use to make sure they’re adequately fueled before a big race. This strategy involves consuming a higher amount of carbs than perhaps normal, a few days leading up to your main event. Some research shows as much as a 2-3% increase in performance following a […]

BY Alex | July 12, 2022 | Sports Performance Nutrition

Carb Loading Guide for Endurance Athletes

Carb loading guide for triathletes and runners from a sports dietitian

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As an endurance athlete entering your peak season, it is likely that race days will involve some sort of traveling. However, travel isn’t an excuse to fall off of your nutrition and lose valuable opportunities for carb loading and other strategies that can boost your performance on race day.  Here are a few of my […]

BY Alex | May 23, 2022 | Sports Performance Nutrition

Nutrition Tips for Traveling to a Race

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Has this been you? Were you training more than ever and gradually putting on weight? You’re not alone, it happens. I’ve talked with athletes who experiences 15-20 lbs in weight gain while training for big events. How is this possible? Let’s dive in and talk about why this can happen. Diet Mentality Losing weight is […]

BY Alex | December 2, 2021 | Sports Performance Nutrition

why athletes gain weight during high-volume training

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Are you afraid if you eat more you’ll gain weight? You don’t need to be. I started working with a male ultra-distance trail runner in his late 40’s in early 2021. This awesome dude does year-round high-volume training. You’d think that he’d have no trouble keeping weight off. But alas, over the past two years […]

BY Alex | October 12, 2021 | Sports Performance Nutrition

Can you eat more without gaining weight?

eat more without gaining weight

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The varieties of energy/protein bars on the store shelves these days is overwhelming. There seems to be an option for every personal dietary need – low carb, caffeinated, high fiber, gluten-free, kosher, organic, raw, vegan, minimal ingredients – and in every possible flavor under the sun. How the heck do you go about picking the […]

BY Alex | January 5, 2019 | Sports Performance Nutrition

choosing an energy bar: what you should know

healthy energy protein bars

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For some athletes that say they’ve “taken their diet to the next level,” this means that they’ve cut out all sugar, or they are “eating clean” with no processed foods, or no desserts. It’s great to make changes towards eating more quality, nutritious foods, but going to the extreme with your food policy sometimes create […]

BY Alex | December 27, 2018 | Sports Performance Nutrition

take your diet to the next level

take your diet to the next level

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Merriam-Webster defines an athlete as “a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility or stamina.” There there’s Bill Bowerman, co-founder of Nike. In high school, if you were involved with a team sport you were dubbed an “athlete”. While the rest were just PE students. The adult […]

BY Alex | July 16, 2018 | Sports Performance Nutrition

Defining an Athlete

defining an athlete

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I’m a straight shooter. I tell it how it is. As a dietitian and a recreational athlete, these are the things that I wish that every athlete knew and understood in relation to fueling their body for peak athletic performance. There is no “one-size fits all” fueling plan for athletes. It would be so convenient […]

BY Alex | February 23, 2018 | Sports Performance Nutrition

Three Things That Every Athlete Needs to Know

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Athlete Eating Guide

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