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Collegiate and Professional Sports Dieticians AssociationThe Collegiate & Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA) represents the vast majority of Advanced Practice Registered Dietitians in the United States who work full-time with athletes in colleges, professional sports, Olympic training centers, the U.S. Military and in law enforcement. CPSDA's member-driven national not-for-profit organization speaks with one voice on behalf of America's leading Sports RDs and is founded on the fundamental "food first" principle that "whole foods are the best fuel"

Our Sports RDs are well trained, highly educated credible practitioners who stay ahead of the curve on banned substances, performance and recovery topics, and on body composition assessment. We are ethical advisors who track outcome-based research, maintain transparency in our professional relationships, and fully support anti-doping initiatives.

Vitamin waters and energy drinks are a ‘waste of money and don’t boost health’

Energy and vitamin-enhanced drinks do not boost mental or physical health, a damning study has claimed.

In fact, many of the benefits being claimed have no foundation in nutritional science either, said the report by university academics.

The drinks boast of being packed with various nutrients and vitamins making claims to improve everything from concentration to improving mood.… Continue Reading...

Beware of Products Promising Miracle Weight Loss

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The only natural way to lose more weight it to burn more calories than you take in.  All of these diet pills and MLM companies promoting their weight loss programs can be accomplished for free.

“This year, I’m going to lose some weight.”

If you find yourself making this common New Year’s resolution, know this: many so-called “miracle” weight loss supplements and foods (including teas and coffees) don’t live up to their claims.… Continue Reading...

You can’t detox your body. It’s a myth. So how do you get healthy?

There’s no such thing as ‘detoxing’. In medical terms, it’s a nonsense. Diet and exercise is the only way to get healthy. But which of the latest fad regimes can really make a difference? We look at the facts

■ Diets: The science behind the latest fad diets
■ Exercise: Fitness regimes that are worth the pain

Spinach and broccoli smoothie.

Spinach and broccoli smoothie.

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Tips for Fueling Your Workout without Over Doing It

Oatmeal and BlueberriesArticle provided by My Sports Dietician,

By Christine Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN, CSSD

Heading to the gym after work for a quick workout? Out for a morning walk with the dogs? Working out is good for our physical and mental health. Although many individuals workout for weight loss or maintenance, exercising burns fewer calories than you might think.

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Fueling for Performance: How proper timing of meals affects both sport and academic performance

Nutrition is critical for both academic and sports performance. A diet that is adequate in carbohydrate, protein, healthy fat, vitamins, minerals, and fluid is the foundation of day-to-day eating for overall health. As important as what to eat, though, is when an athlete eats. The right fuel at the right time influences how well they feel, learn, perform, and recover.… Continue Reading...

Sports nutrition: Fueling the student athlete

Making smart food choices can be challenging for any of us, but student-athletes face a particularly unique set of challenges. They’re balancing the demands of classes, study time, after-school (and sometimes before-school) practice, as well as friends and family, all the while trying to maximize their energy, performance, and recovery.

Here’s a rundown of five top sports nutrition strategies that work, including the scoop on tried-and-true insider tips from fellow sports dietitians Jamie Meeks and Tavis Piattoly on what works best for their student athletes at LSU and Tulane University.… Continue Reading...

Protein Supplementation and Athletic Performance

by : Tavis Piattoly – MS, LDN, RD

Protein has been an extremely popular nutrient and has drawn a significant amount of attention from high school athletes all the way up to the professional level regarding its use in athletic performance. I’ve heard everything from eating more protein increases muscle size, makes me stronger, or gives me more energy.… Continue Reading...

Doctors warn against young athletes consuming energy drinks

Back to school means back to practice forstudent athletes across the metro.

But health experts are warning a lot of those teens are relying on the wrong drink to get a boost of energy.

Doctors say more and more children and teenagers are winding up in emergency rooms because they’re ingesting much caffeine.… Continue Reading...

Nutrition for Immune Health

Nutrition for Immune Health

Tara Boening MS, RD, CSSD, LD

As an athlete, catching a case of the flu, or even a cold, can really set you back.  Missing practices, workout, and/or competition is something that needs to be avoided…especially if it can be helped.

There is no foolproof way to protect yourself from ever getting sick, but there are definitely some things you can do to help ward off illness. … Continue Reading...

How Much Sleep Does an Athlete Need?

by:  Tavis Piatolly

Is This You?

The alarm clock just went off…again.  It’s after 6 in the morning.  I keep telling myself that I better hurry up and get out of bed or I will be late for school..again.  I just can’t get going in the morning.  Why does school have to start so early in the morning? … Continue Reading...