All Articles by Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD

Breaking Food Obsessions

Steps food-obsessed athletes can take towards transforming their food fears into peaceful eating patterns and better quality of life from nutritionist Nancy Clark.

Commercial Sports Foods: Clearing Up the Confusion

Have you have ever wondered which is the best sports drink, energy bar, or gel? The answer is the best choice is the product that pleases your young athlete's taste buds and settles well in your stomach. Your child, tween or teen simply needs to experiment to determine which products (if any) work best for them.

Replacing Sweat Loss Key to Rehydrating After Sports, Studies Say

Does your child know his sweat rate?  Turns out it is the key to replacing fluids lost during exercise, according to several studies presented 2010 annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Baltimore, with experts recommending that athletes replace 150% of the weight loss from sweating in the first four hours after sports.

Sports Drinks Preferred Over Coconut Water Because They Taste Better

Among the research findings presented by exercise scientists, sports dietitians, physicians, and health professionals at the 2010 annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Baltimore was that a standard sports drink was preferred by athletes to coconut water to replace fluid lost through sweating because it tastes better.

Protein: Important Part of Youth Sports Diet

Like carbohydrates, protein-rich foods are also an important part of a youth sports diet. While it is true that young athletes have an increased need for protein due to the demands of their sports and the fact they are growing, most tend to consume more than they require.

Chocolate Lush: A Low Fat Brownie Pudding As Part of Sports Diet

A recipe for low fat brownie pudding forms its own sauce during baking.  It's a tasty treat for when you are hankering for a chocolate-fix and a yummy way to add a little dark chocolate to a sports diet.

Chocolate Can Be Part of Healthy Sports Diet

For some, chocolate falls into the category of junk food, a guilty pleasure, and ruiner of good intentions to lose weight.  But ads for (dark) chocolate suggest chocolate is good for us. After all, chocolate comes from plants and contains the same health-protective compounds found in fruits and vegetables. The question is whether chocolate is little more than an alluring form of refined sugar, saturated fat and empty calories or does chocolate (in moderation, of course) have positive qualities that might be beneficial for athletes as a part of a sports diet?

Prevent Hyponatremia During Exercise Lasting Four Hours Or Longer

Hyponatremia occurs where sodium levels in the blood become dangerously low due to excessive water consumption.  Blood sodium levels that drop too low can lead to seizures, coma, and even death.  To prevent hyponatremia usually occurs in endurance and ultra-endurance events follow these guidelines.

Youth Soccer Players Need High Calorie Diet

The calories burned during a soccer game, much less a two-day tournament, require soccer players to literally be eating all the time, so parents need to feed youth soccer players a high calorie diet for peak performance.

Extra Salt: Most Youth Athletes Don't Need It

There is a general movement among many soccer players and other athletes to avoid salt. However, this is not always necessary; in fact, if your child or teen is a heavy sweater, or craves salty foods, he may benefit from the extra salt.