Nutrition

Eating on the Run

by Candace Chemtob, MS, RD, LD, CSSD Let’s be realistic—eating healthy is not always easy. This is especially true for athletes, young or old, professional or amateur. Balancing school, training, tournaments, and work makes for a busy life. A hectic schedule can have a way of getting in the way of our best intentions. Eating […]

The Benefits of Caffeine

by Candace Chemtob Ninety percent of us are habitual coffee drinkers and can’t imagine starting the day without our morning cup. This love affair with coffee, and other caffeinated beverages, is deeply rooted and is traces back more than a millennia when a goat herder noticed his herd became energized after eating red berries (later […]

Understanding Carbs: Maximizing Performance

by Candace H. Chemtob, MS, RD, LD, CSSD As discussed in last month’s article, carbohydrates are the preferred fuel of high intensity sports. Popular fad diets, such as Paleo, Grain Brain, or gluten free diets, promote low carbohydrate diets. When dietary carbohydrates are limited, athletic performance is compromised. Winning eating strategies strive to increase “carbohydrate […]

Understanding Carbs: Beware Diet Crazes

By Candace H. Chemtob, MS, RD, LD, CSSD Carbohydrates are often misunderstood. Conflicting information regarding carbohydrates (carbs) is abundant and this doesn’t help. The latest diet craze, the Paleo diet, has only added to the confusion. The Paleo diet promotes a high protein, high fat, low carb diet based on the dubious premise that it […]

An Athlete’s Guide to Dining Out

By Candace H. Chemtob, MS, RD, LD, CSSD Americans love dining out. It has become part of our lifestyle. One quarter of meals are now eaten outside the home (National Restaurant Association, 2014). And this year, for the first time Americans spent more money eating out than on groceries. But unfortunately, most restaurants focus on the taste […]

Avoiding Training Fatigue

By Candance H. Chemtob, MS, RD, LD, CSSD Fatigue is a natural response to rigorous training. Ignoring the signs of fatigue and overtraining can lead to disappointing athletic performance, a lack of enthusiasm, and increase the risk of injury. While training and conditioning improve speed, agility, and technique, recovery is also essential to maintaining or improving […]

Sports Nutrition Strategies: Reduce Your Risk of Injury on the Court

By Candace H. Chemtob, MS, RD, LD, CSSD Squash injuries are more common than you might think. A study of 155 players in New York City found an injury rate of 44.5%. Of those injuries, almost half required two weeks recovery time (Am J Sports Med, 1981). The highest “risk” players are novices and players […]

Spice It Up!

By Candace Chemtob, MS, RD, LD, CSSD Salt (Sodium Chloride): While technically a mineral rather than a spice, salt is used liberally to enhance the flavor of foods. Salt is the primary source of sodium in the diet, though it is common knowledge that Americans consume too much sodium, which is taking a toll on […]

Spice It Up!

By Candace H. Chemtob, MS, RD, LD, CSSD The right spices can make the difference between a bland dish and something sublime. In the culinary world, spices are the “tools of the trade” that can divide the average from the celebrity chef. While the demand for the perfect spice may seem relatively unimportant today, one […]