Jul 082014

Curious about the best way to fuel yourself for your swim workout? Check out this article from About.com specifically directed at swimmers and fueling for their workouts (note, not race day nutrition). Click the photo below to access the article. In essence…

These small changes in physiological parameters secondary to the GI of certain foods suggest pre-exercise intake plays a small role in performance or the physiological parameters tested in this study do not correlate with performance enhancements. The notion that the exact pre-exercise carbohydrate consumption is insignificant is rarely discussed, as the food and supplement industry spend large sums of money on marketing, but the bulk of the literature notes minimal benefits of performance, the best indicator for elite athletes. 

Whew! Guess that means I can have my banana and yogurt, or even a small bowl of oatmeal or cereal before I set off for my swim workout!

Yogurt banana

Oct 222012

Ever since the 2012 USMS High Performance Camp, I’ve found myself with a heightened interest in sports nutrition. I’ve made some changes in my own routine, and do feel that I am beginning to have a bit more energy in my workouts and recovering better from those workouts. I’ve been following a blog written by Jennifer Brunelli, who presented to us at the HPC and whom I credit for giving me concrete information that helped me make those changes. Jennifer is a registered dietician (RD) and a licensed dietician / nutritionist (LDN). She is married to Olympic Swimmer Nick Brunelli and herself was an accomplished NCAA Division I swimmer. She is credible, current, personable and down to earth. Jennifer works with all kinds of athletes and has a wealth of knowledge on the topic of diet and nutrition.

In September, Jennifer was on a panel presentation at the US Aquatic Sports Convention in Greensboro, NC. The panel was on Current Trends in Sports Nutrition. USA Swimming has posted a link to the presentation (a PowerPoint PDF) that is worth taking a look at. Go here for that link. There are lots of tidbits including a link to SCAN which is the the… “largest dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association). With over 6,500 members, SCAN brings together Registered Dietitians (RD), Dietetic Technicians (DTR) and others with nutrition expertise in the areas of sports, physical activity, cardiovascular health, wellness, and the prevention and treatment of disordered eating and eating disorders.”

I poked around the SCAN website – www.scandpg.org – and clicked on their Sports Nutrition tab (bottom of page). I found that they have all kinds of free fact sheets that athletes might find helpful. Check that out with this direct link.

Jennifer also has a one page handout on nutrition recovery that has some great information:

Nutrition Recovery Handout

I hope to help heighten your interest and awareness of current information in sports nutrition. Even though we may not be Olympic caliber swimmers, nutrition is every bit as important to our workouts and our well being. Besides, it is a whole lot more satisfying to work out hard because you have fueled yourself properly. Your body is like a race car engine – you’ve got to keep it finely tuned up with the right fuel mixture!