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SF 0007: My Athlete Eats Too Many Desserts

My Athlete Eats Too Many Desserts

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The Question:

My athlete wants to eat dessert 2-3 times per day. Is this good for her? She doesn’t struggle with weight gain now, but what if she does in the future?

The Answer:

Hey there and welcome back to the Stay Fueled Podcast! My name is Dr. Joshua Eldridge, the founder of Stay Fueled. And I am excited to bring you another question from a parent that’s submitted a question for the podcast and this one comes from Christy. And what Christy says is, “My athlete wants to eat dessert two to three times per day. What if she has weight gain in the future or what if she starts to gain weight as she gets older even if she doesn’t struggle with weight now?”

That’s a great question and I get a lot of this from parents. What happens with weight gain and kids eating too much and things like that. We have to remember as we talked about in the last episode, is that our athletes need to listen to their bodies. They need to be in touch with their bodies when it comes to this. And if we’re talking to them about weight gain and maybe putting them down when it comes to eating too much and things like that, then that can scar them emotionally and that can make it very difficult for them to listen to their body.

With that being said, your athlete is probably struggling with getting great carbohydrates into her body. Her body is probably craving carbohydrates. Remember, our athlete’s diet needs to consist of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. And if they’re not getting one of those things, they’re going to be craving those things. So we have to give that to them.

And so, one of the things that I like to say to our parents is that let’s get them the meals that they need ting too much and things like that, then that can scar them emotionally and that can make it very difficult for them to listen to their body.

With that being said, your athlete is probably struggling with getting great carbohydrates into her body. Her body is probably craving carbohydrates. Remember, our athlete’s diet needs to consist of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. And if they’re not getting one of those things, they’re going to be craving those things. So we have to give that to them.

And so, one of the things that I like to say to our parents is that let’s get them the meals that they need that we talk about here at Stay Fueled – breakfast, midmorning snack, lunch, pre-workout snack, during workout snack and dinner. And if we can get them those things, then they’re going to be well on their way to meeting all the needs that they have. But, one thing that we can always do for our athletes is give them something fun for dessert. But we’re not going to use Twinkies. We’re not going to give our athletes some kind of simple sugar candy. We’re going to give them things that promote being better at their sport and protecting them because they’re working out so much.

The other thing we’re going to promote is great brain health and helping them develop mentally and learning in school. So a couple ones that I really like, I like Ants on a Log. Ants on a Log is where we take celery. We fill it with peanut butter and then we put raisins on top. But what I really like is putting chocolate-covered raisins on top. And especially if you go with something like dark chocolate, then that’s going to be a rock star dessert for your young athlete, and fun.

The other one is something like a peanut butter and Nutella sandwich. It’s almost like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup because we’re getting the peanut butter and the chocolate in there, but it’s a lot better for them.

Another one that you can give them is a good quality dark chocolate for dessert. Now these things, we’re going to give them after they’ve eaten their great meal. So after they’ve eaten for lunch, let’s say. After they’ve eaten that great sandwich with the lettuce, tomatoes, avocado and meat on it, and then they eat their fruit, and then their dessert.

So that’s the way that we want to provide that for them. So that’s what I would do for my young athlete, is make sure they’re getting carbohydrates that help and not just candy and junk food into their life.

So thank you so much for joining us today. If you want to leave a question for us just like Christy did, you can head over to our site. On the right hand corner, there’s a place where you can leave a voicemail and you can have your question featured right here on the Stay Fueled Podcast.

The other thing I’d love for you to do is go to our site at stayfueled.com. Sign up for our email newsletter and get our three-part series on recovery. Recovery is the most important thing that you can do for your athlete to make sure that they’re protected and that their performance improves, and you’ll see amazing things happen when you implement those recovery ideas that we give to you for your young athlete.

My name is Dr. Joshua Eldridge, founder of Stay Fueled, and I am excited that you’re excited about keeping your athlete healthy and increasing their performance with nutrition.

So this was the Stay Fueled Podcast, and I hope you guys have an awesome day. We’ll see you next time right here..