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SF 0020: School Schedule and Nutrition…A Recipe for Disaster!

School Schedule and Nutrition…A Recipe for Disaster!

 

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The Question:

Do you work with schools because the nutrition schedule you recommend does not fit well with a standard school schedule?

The Answer:

All right! Welcome back to another Stay Fueled Podcast. My name is Dr. Joshua Eldridge and I am excited that you have joined us for another question from a parent. This one comes from Elizabeth. Elizabeth said, “Do you work with schools because the nutrition schedule you recommend does not fit well with the standard school schedule.”

Yeah, and you bet it doesn’t, Elizabeth, because this is what it takes to protect athletes and schools function on a government schedule. And the government doesn’t recommend eating every two hours. This isn’t what they do. They recommend having breakfast, lunch, dinner, and that’s good for them.

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SF 0016: Ugh…I’m Always Arguing About Nutrition!

Ugh…I’m Always Arguing About Nutrition!

 

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The Question:

I’m going to make sure I share this site with my daughter…we’re always arguing about nutrition…I need all the help I can get!

The Answer:

All right! Welcome back to another Stay Fueled Podcast! My name is Dr. Joshua Eldridge and I am excited to be here with you. I am the founder of Stay Fueled. We have a question today from Louise. And what Louise had to say was “I’m going to make sure I share this site with my daughter. We’re always arguing about nutrition. I need all the help I can get.”

Yeah, what a great point. And we kind of covered this a little bit in another podcast, but we’re going to go over just a little bit about how important it is for your young athlete to be experiencing great nutrition. But – there’s a but to this – because your athletes, especially your teenage athletes, they don’t think you know anything about nutrition. It’s just part of the way it is. But if you can help them see that it’s their idea, that nutrition is their idea, that they came up with this great information, then they’re going to be more likely to stick with it and just become great at nutrition and find out more about it, look into different resources.

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SF 0015: I Want My Athlete to Eat AND Sleep Well

I Want My Athlete to Eat AND Sleep Well

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The Question:

A major issue for me is ensuring my athlete eats and sleeps well…how does he do this?

The Answer:

Welcome back to the Stay Fueled Podcast! My name is Dr. Joshua Eldridge, the founder of Stay Fueled. Today, we have a question from Kathy. And what Kathy says, “A major issue for me is ensuring my athlete eats and sleeps well.”

Yeah. It’s a pretty generic question, but it’s a great question because we all want to make sure our athletes are getting the rest they need and the proper nutrition.

So here’s the deal. If you want great nutrition in your life, there’s two parts to this. Number one, plan. Plan out what is best for your young athlete. So make sure they’re getting consistent meals throughout the day. Each meal should be about two hours apart. We’re going breakfast, midmorning snack, lunch, pre-workout snack, during workout snack and dinner, and make it consistent every day because they’re going to have to recover, they’re going to have to build new muscle, they’re going to have to get their energy requirements for that day’s practice. So the key to this is planning and consistency. And that’s all there is to it.

Stay Fueled helps you get there because we’ve taken care of the planning for you. Then what you do is you take those menus, those recipes and those shopping lists and you implement them and bring great nutrition to your young athlete’s life.

The second thing is rest. When it comes to sleep and rest, these things are critical. And they’re two different things; sleep and rest. I don’t know if you knew that or not, but in our three-part series on recovery, we get into rest and sleep and what each athlete needs and what they can be doing during those off days where they can get rest, but still stay active and motivated and increase their performance.

So that’s in our three-part series on recovery. You can get that over at stayfueled.com. Just sign up for our email newsletter and that gets emailed right to your inbox so that you can follow along with that. There’s videos and you can see our presentation on recovery and we’ve broken that down into three sessions. And it’s amazing information that I’ve taken through my experience working with Olympic athletes, with some of the people that we’ve done other podcasts with and what they recommend, but these are all people that are at the elite level of sport and have worked with Olympians and understand what it takes for athletes to recover. So make sure you check that out. Head over to our site at stayfueled.com and sign up for our newsletter.

The other thing, if you have a question just like Kathy did, no matter what it is, even if you think, “Oh man! This is probably too simple or I’m just confused,” just head on over to our site at stayfueled.com. On the right hand side, there’s a place where you can leave a voicemail message and we’ll feature it right here on stayfueled.com because we want you to know more about nutrition. We want you to be educated. We want you to give your athletes amazing nutrition so that they’re protected and they’re able to increase their performance in their sport.

So thank you again. I’m excited that you’ve been here and that you’re excited about nutrition and about taking care of your young athlete.

My name is Dr. Joshua Eldridge. I’m the founder of Stay Fueled. And this has been the Stay Fueled Podcast. We’re going to see you next time. Have an awesome day! And keep working hard and take care of those young athletes and give them what they need, which is great nutrition and consistency. We’ll see you next time..

SF 0014: Concussions and Nutrition

Concussions and Nutrition

 

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The Question:

My daughter had a concussion and I don’t know what to do because she’s not progressing like we thought she would.

The Answer:

Hey there! Welcome back to the Stay Fueled Podcast! My name is Dr. Joshua Eldridge and I am the founder of Stay Fueled. I’m going to be your host today. Today, we have a question from Diane, and this one makes me really sad to bring this one to your attention, but it’s got to be done. “My daughter had a concussion and I don’t know what to do because she’s not progressing like we thought she would.”

So that was the question. And whew, concussions are so tough because we can’t see the injury. You can take an X-ray or an MRI or a CT scan and see concussions. And that’s what makes them so tough, is sometimes our athletes are having these symptoms. And we know something’s off, but we don’t exactly know what to do. So this is a podcast about nutrition, so we’re going to talk about that. But first, let me tell you what I think. That if your athlete has a concussion, get them in to a children’s hospital that specializes in concussions.

I know we have Seattle Children’s Hospital right here in Seattle, Washington. That’s where I’m from. And they have a concussion clinic with physicians that specialize in concussions. There are some other great professionals as well that are out there that take care of concussions, but find one that knows what the current information is. And if they haven’t heard of the new concussion guidelines, then I wouldn’t go and see them. Your primary care probably isn’t going to know about it. Go to a specialist that understands what’s going on with your young athlete and knows how to provide for them.

So, that’s my soapbox. Let’s get back to nutrition and concussions. The Army did a study. Actually, the Department of Defense did a study on soldiers and this was after IEDs when they had a head injury. And what they found is if they fed them a meal – it was something like within 15 minutes of the head injury occurring – they were able to decrease the chance of mortality in these soldiers. And these meals had to be high in Omega 3 fatty acids. So that was something like a meal with salmon included in it. So they were finding that when they feed these athletes Omega 3s, that their brains were responding a lot better and they were less likely to die.

Now, chances are, your athlete who experienced a concussion isn’t going to die, but I think that we can apply some of those principles to this subject of concussions and head injuries and nutrition. We want to make sure that we give our athletes and their brains exactly what they need during these times of injury. We’ve got to make sure they’re getting rest.

One of the biggest things that they’re recommending now is cognitive rest for concussions. Cognitive rest means pretty much turning the light off, going in a dark room and sleeping for 48 hours to 7 days. So that’s one of the biggest recommendations that’s coming out now.

The other ones are just eating great food during these times of healing and making sure that we’re getting Omega 3 fatty acids into their bodies. And sometimes during injury – and most of us don’t know this – but sometimes during injury, nutrition needs go up. So the body actually needs more calories, but great calories. So we don’t want to feed them junk food during this time. We don’t want them sitting on the couch, eating Twinkies. We want them following a specific plan that has great food.

And I think that’s where Stay Fueled can come in and be your guide for this and help you plan out your meals. That’s what we’ve done. We’ve taken great nutrition for athletes and we’ve put it in an easy to use guide for you so that you get a menu every week, you get recipes that are ridiculously delicious, and then you get a shopping list that ties it all together so that you can go shopping. In your cupboards, check off the stuff you already have. And then, head to the store, get what you need, come home and prepare the food for your young athletes. And that’s what it’s all about, is making sure our athletes stay protected.

So thank you, Diane, for submitting that question. Concussions are rough. I hate to see young athletes suffering from this, but it happens and we have to protect them and we have to let them heal. One of the biggest things that we can do for them is make sure that they’re getting rest and proper nutrition.

If you have a question just like Diane did, head on over to our site at stayfueled.com. On the right hand side, there’s a place where you can leave a voicemail for us and be featured right here on the Stay Fueled Podcast. I would be excited to bring your question and highlight it on the Stay Fueled Podcast.

The other thing I want you to do is while you’re there at the site, there’s a place where you can leave your email and join us on our newsletter, our email newsletter, and we’re going to send you a three-part series on recovery. And recovery is essential for your young athletes to make sure that they’re able to withstand the day-to-day rigors of being an athlete and protected and go to school.

So there’s a lot of different things, a lot of different needs on your young athlete’s bodies. We want to make sure they’re ready to take on those needs and those challenges. So that’s what our three-part series on recovery does for you, is it just gives you tons of information in order to protect your young athlete.

My name is Dr. Joshua Eldridge, founder of Stay Fueled, and I’m just excited that you’re here, that you’ve joined us, that you want to be a part of taking care of your athlete through nutrition.

We’ll see you next time on the Stay Fueled Podcast. Have an awesome day!.

SF 0013: Can Injuries Be Caused by Nutrition?

Can Injuries Be Caused by Nutrition?

 

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The Question:

After listening to your 3 part series on Recovery, I didn’t realize all that was involved with my athletes body. Do you think her constant injuries are being caused by nutrition?

The Answer:

All right! Welcome back to the Stay Fueled Podcast! My name is Dr. Joshua Eldridge, the founder of Stay Fueled. Today, we have a question from Vicky, and what Vicky says is, “After listening to your three-part series and watching your three-part series on recovery, I didn’t realize all that was involved with my athlete’s body and what they’re doing during workouts. Do you think her constant injuries are being caused by nutrition and not recovering?”

You know what? Vicky, this really makes me sad to say, but yeah, I think that a lot of this can be coming from not getting what they need nutritionally. One of the things that we see when athletes aren’t getting their nutritional requirements met is things like overuse injuries, shin splints and other types of stress fractures in their body. Back pain, shoulder pain, muscles that just don’t recover. They’re sore all the time. Fatigue, bad attitude, even depression, trouble sleeping. Just things that we get into that are just rotten that I don’t want for my young kids. So I don’t want them to have to go through that stuff just because I don’t want to provide the right things for them nutritionally. It sounds a little rough, but you know what? It can happen. We all make mistakes when it comes to parenting, but now we have a chance to fix it. And that’s the cool thing about this, is it’s never too late to start implementing proper nutrition in your family’s life to protect them and let them become great athletes and great students in school.

So Stay Fueled does that for you. We take care of all the planning for you. One of the biggest problems with nutrition is planning out the whole thing because it just becomes overwhelming. I know for me it was. One morning, I woke up – and this is what started Stay Fueled in the first place – is one morning I woke up. And being a dude, being a guy, I opened up the fridge and I just stared in there for like 20 minutes and I had no clue what to pick. There were avocadoes, there were eggs, there was orange juice. All the ingredients were there. I didn’t have a plan in place to start implementing it to protect my son.

And so, I think what he ended up going to school with was a piece of toast. And I felt like crap the whole entire day because I didn’t provide for my son the way that I should have, and I talk about nutrition all the time. So three years ago, I decided, you know what? It’s time to make a change in nutrition in my family’s life and I know that if I’m struggling with this, there are so many other people out there that are struggling with it too. And that’s what we do, is we just help you plan so that you have a plan of action. And when we plan, it becomes a priority in our life. So we have the plan for you. You just need to go and shop. Get the things in your house. You can cross off some of the stuff if you already have it in your cupboard. And then you can go to the store and pick up the things you need. It’s going to be quick because you have everything right there. Then you’re going to come home and you’re going to prepare the meals. And that’s the easy and fun part because you can even make it a family activity.

So that’s what Stay Fueled does for you and that’s why I started doing Stay Fueled and why I brought it about; because I’m passionate about protecting our athletes and making sure they have what they need to succeed and stay safe.

So if you have a question just like Vicky did, make sure you head over to our site at stayfueled.com. On the right hand side, there’s a place where you can leave a voicemail message, and we’ll feature your question right here on the Stay Fueled Podcast. The other thing is make sure while you’re there, you get our three-part series on recovery. Recovery is essential for your athlete to make sure that they’re staying injury-free, and a big part of that is nutrition. We’re going to go through exactly what athletes need to be eating every day to be protected.

So thank you again for joining us. My name is Dr. Joshua Eldridge, the founder of Stay Fueled, and this has been the Stay Fueled Podcast. We’re going to see you next time. Thanks for joining us. Have an awesome day!

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