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 […]

Mindful Eating

By Candace H. Chemtob, MS, RD, LD, CSSD The path to a healthier diet, could be as simple as taking the time to savor and appreciate every meal and every bite. As life becomes more chaotic and harried, eating “on the run” has become the norm. Whether it’s “grabbing” fast food, passing through a drive-thru, […]

Sweat is Good for the Soul

By Candace H. Chemtob, MS, RD, LD, CSSD “To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear” —Buddha Exercise is good for the body and the mind. While exercise has the power to prevent or reverse many chronic and sometimes fatal diseases, such […]

The Sweet Life: All About Artificial Sweeteners

By Candace H. Chemtob, MS, RD, LD, CSSD Saccharin was discovered more than a century ago. In 1878, a chemist at Johns Hopkins University found that a byproduct of coal tar derivatives had a sweet taste, much to his surprise ( Initially, saccharin (named after the Latin word for sugar, saccharum) was marketed as an […]

Gluten-Free: Diet or Fad?

By Candace Chemtob With “A-list” movie stars, and nearly one third of Americans decreasing or completely eliminating gluten (Huffington press, 2013), why is “everyone” on this diet? And what is gluten? Gluten is a latin word meaning glue and is found mainly in wheat, barley, and rye. It is a naturally occurring protein that gives […]