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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 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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SF 0002: Post Workout Meal

Post Workout Meal

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The Question:

When should we be getting our post workout meal or snack and what should it include?

The Answer:

Hello again and welcome back to the Stay Fueled Podcast! This is Dr. Joshua Eldridge and this is Episode #2 and we’re jumping right into the content. Today, we have a question from Stacey and her question is, “When should we be getting our post-workout meal or snack and what should it include?”

Great question, Stacey. Here’s the deal for our athletes. Our athletes, in order to recover properly, need to make sure that they’re getting their post-workout meal or snack within one to one-and-a-half hours after practice. But – there’s a big but right here – it’s important to make sure it happens as quickly as possible. So if we can get it in in the first 10 minutes after practice, that’s going to be even more optimal than waiting 40 minutes. So we want to have it as quickly as possible.

Now, what should that post-workout meal contain?

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The 5 Best Ways Athletes Recover

This past week, I was able to sit down with Dr. Bill Sands and talk about many different subjects, but one of the most interesting was recovery! Dr. Sands is an expert in recovery, having written many papers on the subject, and having been the head of the Recovery Center at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

He broke down the 5 most important ways to recover and we love them! Here they are:

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