I am honored to be the master of ceremonies for the American Diabetes Association’s Living with Diabetes health and wellness fair this coming Saturday. Come get a free screening and learn more about diabetes prevention and maintenance. The link below is an informational flyer. For more information about diabetes visit http://www.diabetes.org.
Enjoy your day!
Sports nutrition, just like general nutrition, must be planned to meet individual needs. However, there are a few general rules of proper hydration and fueling that a person can follow to improve his or her performance and health. My first post about sports nutrition will address “The Rules of Hydration.”
Rule #1 Hydrate before, during, and after physical activity. Proper hydration for exercise begins far before the activity takes place. Additionally, water replacement should continue during and after physical activity. I will address the logistics of hydration timing in a second post.
Rule #2 Pay attention to climate. Heat, humidity, and altitude play largely into the amount of water your body needs to function. Thus, it is easier to deplete your system in more intense environments. Also take into consideration that well trained athletes sweat more. Therefore, those who are in better shape need more water to replace an increased amount of sweat loss.
Rule #3 Don’t wait until you are thirsty to hydrate. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of dehydration include dry mouth, sleepiness, thirst, decreased urine output, dry skin, headache, constipation, and dizziness. Keep in mind however, dehydration can occur before symptoms appear.
Rule #4 Take into account the duration and intensity of the exercise. Those who exercise more intensely such as sports athletes and endurance runners go through their water, carbohydrate, and electrolyte stores more quickly.
Remember, hydration is not only important for exercise, but also for daily activities.
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Blatner, D. (2012, December 1). Play Ball! Tips for the Weekend Baseball Warrior. from the Academy. Retrieved March 12, 2014, from http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442463944
Mayo Clinic. (2014, February 12). Dehydration. Retrieved March 12, 2014, from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dehydration/basics/symptoms/con-20030056
Quinn, E. (2014, January 1). How Much Water Should You Drink Proper Hydration During Exercise?. About.com Sports Medicine. Retrieved March 12, 2014, from http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/hydrationandfluid/a/ProperHydration.htm
Take the Diabetes Risk Test to see if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes. Risk factors include, but are not limited to your family background and your age. The test is free and it is super easy. For every person who takes the test before April 25th, Boar’s Head Brand will donate $5 to the American Diabetes Association. Go to http://www.diabetes.org/risktest.
Wishing you good health!
Much like our busy lives, our meals have to fit a “grab it and run” style of preparation. The problem is, the quickest foods to access are often the least healthful. This post gives you no excuse for the time crunch you struggle with. Below are a few quick tips to help you eat well for your speedy lifestyle.
Shop and Cook Only Once a Week. At the beginning of each week I buy everything I will need to cook for the following week. For breakfast I use the same products – cereal, oatmeal, toast or eggs – so I simply restock. As for lunch, dinner, and the snacks in between, I cook and store them all for the week. This leads me to my next point.
Buy in Bulk. Eating well can be expensive. In order to eat what I want, I buy bulk sizes at the store. Bulk sizes are often cheaper than the regular sized product; however, this type of shopping can be tricky because sometimes prices are misleading. Check the “per unit” in the top right corner of the price label for a quick price comparison.
Pack, Pack, Pack! I use the freezer ziploc storage containers for anything that must be frozen and reheated. I have smaller containers for things like sliced tomatoes if I am going to have sandwiches for lunch during the week. If I am traveling – which is a constant thing for me – I will pack my food for the entire day the night before. This stress free preparation allows me to eat more cheaply and healthfully.
Don’t pack foods like chicken or eggs more than a day out because they can go bad quickly. If in doubt, stay on the safe side and look up the food storage life for the food of concern.
Additionally, I store leftover foods like an extra half an onion in the freezer. Store products that you consume on a daily basis with a measuring cup or teaspoon in the container. I do this with my oatmeal, sugar, and salad toppings if I am having salad during the week.
Yesterday I inducted several students at Maryetta Elementary School into the Food Wizard’s Club. They will complete several small actions that “do the trick”–making one healthy food swap each week. This week they are going to switch low-fat milk for whole milk. I am so proud of them for pledging to make good choices.