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SF 0018: Can An Athlete Be A Vegetarian?

Can An Athlete Be A Vegetarian?

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The Question:

My daughter wants to be a vegetarian. Is this dangerous for her as an athlete?

The Answer:

All right! Welcome back to the Stay Fueled Podcast! My name is Dr. Joshua Eldridge, founder of Stay Fueled, and I’m excited you’re here. This is going to be a great question because I get this about once every time I go and give my presentation on nutrition to young athletes. So here it is, and this one’s from Teresa, and she says, “My daughter wants to be a vegetarian. Is this dangerous for her as an athlete?”

Yeah, that’s a great question, right? A lot of times, our athletes want to have a different mindset in their life and they want to change the way they do things. That’s perfectly fine. That’s us as humans wanting to do different things and explore.

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SF 0012: How Much Protein Does My Athlete Need?

How Much Protein Does My Athlete Need?

 

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The Question:

I would like to learn a proper diet to ensure my athlete is getting protein to allow her to keep up.

The Answer:

Hello again! Welcome to the Stay Fueled Podcast! My name is Dr. Joshua Eldridge. I’m the founder of Stay Fueled. Today, we have a question from Mackenzie, and this is her question, “I would like to learn a proper diet to ensure my athlete is getting protein to allow her to keep up.”

Yeah. Great question, Mackenzie. Here’s the deal. Protein is very, very important. It is. Our muscles need it, our cells need it, but so are carbs and fats. Carbs and fats are critical. And for young athletes, getting enough carbs is probably the most important thing that they can do because carbs are going to increase that caloric intake, it’s going to give them energy and it’s going to protect them. They need carbs for recovery. Carbs are probably the most important thing for recovery because we got to fill those muscles back up with energy and the brain needs energy after a hard workout. So protein is very important and we want to make sure athletes get enough protein, but we don’t want to neglect the other components of our diet.

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What Is The Best Protein Powder for Your Young Athletes?


I get asked all the time, “What is the best protein powder or protein supplement for my child?”

Once again, most protein powders are processed and chemically altered to get a large amount of protein in them. The byproduct and accessory products will contain the following:

  • Carcinogens, or cancer causing agents
  • Extremely denatured proteins (ones the body doesn’t use well, or doesn’t use at all)
  • Sugar alternatives, which can be very harmful for young bodies

 

So what do we want use to use if we know our young athlete isn’t getting enough protein in their diet?

We want to use whole food supplements that are naturally high in proteins, like the following:

  • Peanut butter or sun butter
  • Greek yogurt
  • Egg whites that have been pasteurized

 

You can put all of these directly into a drink with fresh fruit and vegetables to create a whole food protein shake that will be used for protein, but also is amazing for their muscles, blood, and brain!

Inside of stayfueled.com, you’ll find whole food recipes that help your family stay healthy, and get all of the great nutrients they need to perform at an incredibly high level, both at school and during their sport.

We also want to team up with our amazing parents to take the burden of planning off your shoulders, and give you that valuable time so you can spend it doing what you like. With Stay Fueled, we give you the plan, recipes, and the shopping list. All you have to do is pick up the groceries and watch your athlete do amazing things with their life!

What Type of Protein Powder Should We Use for Our Young Athlete?

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