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SF 0011: My Athlete Isn’t Hungry in The Morning!

My Athlete Isn’t Hungry in The Morning!


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The Question:

What if my athlete isn’t hungry for breakfast in the morning?

The Answer:

Welcome back to the Stay Fueled Podcast! My name is Dr. Joshua Eldridge and I’m the founder of Stay Fueled and I am excited you’re here today. We have another question from a parent and this one comes from Jen. And what Jen says is, “What happens if my athlete isn’t hungry in the morning?”

What a great question because I get that one all the time. “Hey, my athlete doesn’t want to eat breakfast. They’re just not hungry. So what do I do?” Well, here’s the deal. When your athlete isn’t hungry in the morning, the first thing we have to look at is their hydration. Most of our young athletes are chronically dehydrated. They don’t even know what it’s like to get 64 fluid ounces in their body, and that’s the government recommendation for people who are normal. And most of your athletes are working out two, three, four hours a night. They need more hydration than that. They’re at the elite level athletics and your athletes need to hydrate properly. They need to be sipping all day long.

And what I say is 5 to 6 fluid ounces whenever they’re not working out. They’re just taking swigs from their bottle. And then when they get to practice, what studies say is that most athletes need to be drinking 16 fluid ounces of water every hour that they’re doing their activity. And so, 16 fluid ounces is going to be for your mature athlete. So some of my athletes that I work with are a little pint-sized. They’re 50 or 60 pounds. Those young athletes, they need to be somewhere – you know, 10 to 12 fluid ounces every hour. And then you can kind of grade it that way up to your mature athletes that need to be drinking 16 fluid ounces of water every hour during practice. Then after practice, they’re sipping, sipping, sipping until they go to bed again. They should always have their water bottle available to drink throughout the day. It’s so important for young athletes to stay hydrated.

Now, remember, if your athlete is drinking that much water, they need to be eating properly all day long. You don’t want an athlete taking in that much water when they haven’t eaten properly all day long. That’s just completely dangerous. The other thing we want to do is make sure we gradually implement this water strategy, getting it into their bodies. So don’t give them 100 fluid ounces tomorrow if they’ve only been taking in 15, 20 fluid ounces today. They’re not going to be able to handle that. They’ll get sick. They’ll have to be in the bathroom 6 out of the 12 hours they’re awake tomorrow. So that’s not a great strategy. Just slowly encourage them to start drinking more from their water bottle, and then make sure their nutrition is right on key so when they get up to that amount, their bodies know exactly what to do with that water. Critically important.

So if you don’t know exactly how to implement that nutrition strategy into your life or into your family’s life, then give Stay Fueled a try. It’s there to be a resource for you. We provide menus and recipes so that your family doesn’t have to do any of the planning. It’s done for you. All you have to do is shop and prepare, and it’s that simple.

So if you have a question for us just like Jen did, make sure you head over to our site, On the right hand side, there’s a place where you can leave a voicemail for us and you can have that featured right here on the Stay Fueled Podcast, and I would be excited to answer that question for you.

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My name is Dr. Joshua Eldridge, the founder of Stay Fueled. I am excited that you’re excited about nutrition and protecting your young athlete and keeping them healthy.

This has been the Stay Fueled Podcast. Thank you so much for coming and listening today, and we’ll see you next time. Have an awesome day!