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As a sports dietitian, I have seen many runners and triathletes with an intense fear of weight gain. They know they’re under fueled, but being afraid holds them back from eating more. I am here to let you know that this isn’t always the case! Can you eat more without gaining weight? Absolutely. In today’s […]

BY Alex | October 1, 2022 | Sports Performance Nutrition

Can you eat more without gaining weight?

can you eat more without gaining weight tips from a sports dietitian

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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 endurance athletes to use to ensure 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 high […]

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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For some endurance athletes, the thought of getting 100 grams of protein or more in meal plans may feel overwhelming. But it doesn’t need to be complicated! When you break it up between three meals and a couple of snacks, the number is a lot more manageable. The grams of protein can add up faster […]

BY Alex | June 4, 2022 | Sports Performance Nutrition

5-day sample meal plans: protein edition

protein sample meal plan

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Recently I was on the phone with a runner – a dad of two young kids – who got me thinking about how as a parent we conveniently always have access to snacks. Let’s take advantage! As a mom and a triathlete I fully understand the challenge of keeping your cupboards stocked with endurance nutrition […]

BY Alex | June 1, 2022 | Sports Performance Nutrition

top 10 easy snacks for busy athletes

Sports nutrition snacks parent athlete

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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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Time to spring clean your pantry and get it ready for your endurance training and race season with these tips! Meeting your performance nutrition goals as an athlete is more difficult if you don’t have the right foods on-hand, ready to go. Spring brings along the perfect opportunity to go through your pantry, organize your […]

BY Alex | May 5, 2022 | Sports Performance Nutrition

Athletes: How To Spring Clean Your Pantry

Spring clean your pantry for athletes

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Menopause is a natural and normal part of life that all women, including female endurance athletes, will have to go through.  It’s a stage of life that’s accompanied by hormonal and body changes that may alter training and nutrition routines. But this doesn’t mean you can’t implement strategies that will help you perform to the […]

BY Alex | April 17, 2022 | Sports Performance Nutrition

Women Endurance Athletes: How To Fuel During Menopause

Woman endurance athlete going through menopause on race day

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It’s actually very common for to see an endurance athlete gain weight during their training. Has this been you? Are you training more than ever and gradually putting on weight? You’re not alone, it happens. How is this possible? Let’s dive in and talk about why this can happen. Diet Mentality – Fear of Athlete […]

BY Alex | December 2, 2021 | Sports Performance Nutrition

athlete weight gain during training

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Can you lose fat and gain muscle at the same time? I get this question a lot. When someone tells me that they want to lose weight, what they really mean is, they want to lose body fat. They want to see that body fat percentage drop. However, in many cases when losing weight, a […]

BY Alex | October 6, 2021 | Sports Performance Nutrition

Can you lose fat and gain muscle at the same time?

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