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Staying active and healthy during travel

Yesterday morning we said good-bye to our East Coast to head to the West Coast for a few days of fun, activity and making memories.  Traveling is fun because you get to see new sights, eat at new places and make memories or learn (depending on your reason for travel). We have all traveled for a sad or personal reason and certainly those times are not fun. But no matter the reason for travel, having to take yourself into a new environment where your normal routine is off and things are out of your control, this can be extremely stressful.  I find the most important thing about traveling is to learn from each experience, be flexible and be prepared.  As athletes and fitness enthusiasts, our normal lifestyle is likely different from the majority of people who travel because we have specific eating and workout habits that we consider "normal" - not forced or difficult to accomplish on a daily basis. Perhaps you have found that things that are easy for you to acco

Body image and sport performance - make the changes, now.

There is so much nutritional dogma out there and it's hard to go a day without feeling overwhelmed by nutrition and body composition.   On social media, TV, in magazines and pretty much wherever you go, nutrition is the most dominant topic when it comes to health, wellness, performance and disease. Of course, there is a great reason why we should focus on nutrition for it is the vital component in our life that keeps us healthy and well. But, would you be surprised if I told you that much of my work with athletes as a sport RD is clearing up confusion, worry, fear and guilt about eating and fueling a body in  motion? Can you be fit, healthy, strong, lean and fast and eat carbohydrates, drink milk, use sport nutrition products and eat before a workout? Probably not if you have been listening to the loudest voices in today's sport nutrition/diet industry.  Rather than learning about moderation, balance, mindful eating and nutrient timing, you may find yourself drowning

Trust your sport RD

When I was finishing graduate school at FAU to earn my Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology in December 2005, I found myself obsessed with sport nutrition. I was reading every book, research article and magazine I could access in the Exercise Science department. When I heard Krebs cycle, I got excited and when we discussed metabolism of carbohydrates or anerobic training, I could not get enough of the topics.  I became an endurance athlete in graduate school despite having very little time to train for anything. But after 4-years of collegiate swimming, something was missing from my student-athlete lifestyle and running and triathlons was my missing link.  In January 2005, I crossed my first marathon finish line and qualified for the Boston Marathon which I ran in April of 2006, 1 month before my first half Ironman and 7 months before my first Ironman. Yep, I got the endurance bug and it bit me hard. My boyfriend (at the time), Karel was along for the long rid