SF 0005: What Athletes Need Great Nutrition?
What Athletes Need Great Nutrition?
Who is a good candidate for Stay Fueled? Is it a certain athlete that works out a certain amount?
Hello again! Welcome to the Stay Fueled Podcast! This is Episode #5. My name is Dr. Joshua Eldridge, founder of Stay Fueled. Today, we’ve got a question from Ashley. What Ashley says is, “Who is a good candidate for Stay Fueled? Is it a certain athlete that works out a certain amount?”
Yeah. What a great question, Ashley. Thank you so much for asking that. And I know that Ashley is involved with a lot of different athletes so this is why she asked that question.
Here’s the deal with young athletes. Young athletes are in touch with their bodies. Their brains really understand what’s going on with their bodies. Us as adults, as parents, we’ve been kind of scarred by all the stuff that’s out there. Like the media that’s out there that said things like, “Hey, you don’t need fat in your diet. Carbohydrates are bad for you. You only need to eat protein.” We’ve been bombarded with this for forever so our thinking on nutrition isn’t necessarily pure like a young athlete’s is going to be.
So this is what I tell my young athletes and this is what I explain to the parents about nutrition – when you give a young athlete the proper food with the proper ingredients, and then you add on top of that them working out hard and in a smart way, their bodies are going to develop the exact way that they should and their genes, their genetic makeup, is going to express itself optimally.
And that’s what I want you to think about when we talk about food and about nutrition, is our bodies should be expressing themselves the way that we’re supposed to. So some kids are going to be a little bit more bulky, some are going to be a little bit smaller, but we want them to be their bodies expressing themselves optimally. And so, the way that we do this as parents is we give them the proper food and we let them eat based on what their body feels it needs.
And here’s one of the things with young kids and young athletes – and by young I mean up until the age of 18 or so – they’re growing. These athletes are growing every day. Some days, their bodies might be going through a growth spurt and their energy needs are through the roof. And so, what we need to do is provide the food. Make it available for our young athletes and let them eat, and eat as much as their body needs, and athletes know when to turn that on and when to turn it off.
So that’s where Stay Fueled comes in, is that we give you the tools to provide great food for your athlete. Now, we give you the menu and the recipes and the shopping list. Your job as a parent is to go out and purchase that food, and then prepare it and make it good for your athlete. But it’s easy because we’ve done all the hard work and the preparation for you. Now you just have to implement that preparation. And that’s what Stay Fueled is.
So that’s one of the things that I’m really big on, is giving the food to your athlete, letting them decide how much they’re going to need. Now remember, especially dads talking to your young female athletes, never allow them to be put down when it comes to eating. So never say to your young daughter, “Oh wow, fatty! You just had a third helping!” or something to that reference because that is devastating for a young female athlete. You never know what she just did.
I work with gymnasts a lot. You never know what that gymnast did in the four hours of practice that she was just in the gym. And now, she comes home after working out for four hours. Or let’s say a runner. Maybe a runner did 15 miles at practice. Now she comes home and she’s incredibly hungry. Her body is just telling her, “Oh, I need nutrients!” And we provide them, and then we put her down. Now what we’ve done is we’ve just added those scars to that young athlete mentally. And now, they don’t know how to listen to their body because we’ve started to manipulate their mental ability. So remember that as a parent to never put down your athletes when they’re hungry and their bodies feel like they need to eat. We need to let them listen to their bodies.
So here’s the deal. Their intake is going to change based on their energy requirements, but we need to make sure that that food is there for them and we’ve provided it and prepared it for them.
So that’s my thought on that. Thanks, Ashley, for that question. Hey, if you have a question for Stay Fueled, why don’t you head on over to our site, stayfueled.com. And in the right hand side of the page, there’s a place where you can leave a voicemail for us and we’ll feature it and we’ve provided it and prepared it for them.
So that’s my thought on that. Thanks, Ashley, for that question. Hey, if you have a question for Stay Fueled, why don’t you head on over to our site, stayfueled.com. And in the right hand side of the page, there’s a place where you can leave a voicemail for us and we’ll feature it right here on the Stay Fueled Podcast. I would love to be able to feature your question on our podcast and get an answer for you.
Also, make sure that while you’re there, if you haven’t yet, sign up for our three-part series on recovery. You just sign up for our email newsletter and that’s sent to you free of charge and it’s going to help you provide better and protect your young athlete because recovery is the main thing that we do for our athletes at home to make sure that they’re ready for the next day so that they’re protected and they’re able to increase their performance.
So great question, Ashley! My name is Dr. Joshua Eldridge. I’m the founder of Stay Fueled. And I am so excited that you are here and that you are excited about taking care of your young athlete, making sure they stay healthy and increasing their performance and nutrition is the way to do it.
We’ll see you again next time on the Stay Fueled Podcast. Have an awesome day!.