5 Nutritional Tips on How to Dominate (All Season Long)

Nutrition equals performance, and nobody knows that better than Kelly Springer.  She is a registered dietician and owner of Kelly’s Choice, a collective of registered dietitians, nutritionists and educators who are dedicated to improving our communities by transforming diets. They offer customized nutrition coaching programs for schools, workplaces, medical facilities, and anyone who wants better health, performance and happiness.  Kelly also works with a number of college sports teams to help them bring their performance to the next level.

Check out these 5 tips from Kelly on how to bring your A-game all season long.

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Tips for the Traveling Laxer

Summer is finally here, and with it comes recruiting season.  You travel all over the place to attend various tournaments and showcases, hoping to catch the eye of a coach.  As you get more serious about your recruiting process, you undoubtedly also make college visits to check out schools that interest you and sit down with coaches face to face.

For those of you that intend to fly to your destination, you know it can be pretty difficult for a lacrosse player to make the trip.  Here are a few tips that can make that flight easier and allow you to be your best when you reach the gate.

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A Laxer’s Guide: 8 Ways to Beat the Heat

The summer season is literally heating up and you have to play at your best in front of hundreds of coaches ALL day…what do you do to keep your cool?

Well, player safety is key so taking of your pads won’t help, but we’ve thought of  EIGHT ways to MAXIMIZE your performance!

1.) Dress for Success – Wear light colored Dri-fit clothing and make sure you bring extras! Wet clothes contain heat and increase body temperature.

2.)  Let ’em Breath – Wet pads can have the same effect as wet clothes, so putting them in the sun between games is an efficient way to keep them dry and prevents you from becoming the smelly kid.

3.) Drink, Sip, Chug –  Drink AT LEAST 16oz. of water or your favorite sports drink in the morning. If you’re playing for an hour or less you should sip 4-8oz. of water every 15 minutes during play. And if you’re playing all day you should switch between water and a sports drink every 15 minutes. After the day is over you should drink half a gallon of water before going to bed.

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Healthy Pre-Training Snack Part 1

Ever in a rush on your way to workout? Do you end up grabbing that leftover buffalo chicken wrap in the fridge and snack on it on your way to the gym?  Stop.  Don’t do it.  Put that sandwich down.  Unless you want to cramp during your workout or turn your fast break into a slow break, stop and listen up. I am here to tell you that there are quicker, and healthier ways to snack in transit to your workout.

First of all, did you know that it takes the human body six hours to digest meat, so that chicken, steak, turkey sandwich you’ve been having?  Yeah, that’s still hanging out in your stomach chilling for six hours.  Instead, substitute that sandwich with naturally energizing snacks that you can eat just a half hour before working out, hell, you can even eat it 15 minutes before.

My favorite go-to, before-the-gym snack is a peanut butter, honey, and cinnamon sandwich.  This snack is easy to eat on the go in the morning or afternoon.  The sandwich is incredibly tasting, and better yet, provides your body with healthy protein, naturalized sugar, and quick energy.  I recommend multi-grain bread to provide the body with healthy carbs, and also natural peanut butter, to ensure that your body is not ingesting unhealthy preservatives.  You can probably find honey and cinnamon in your cabinets at home.  This is a perfect snack to help you get a quick boost of energy and provide your body with the proper nutrients necessary to maximize your workouts.

*Allergy issues- you can substitute the cinnamon with nutmeg or ginger

*You can also substitute honey with Agave nectar

Ingredients

  • Multi-Grain Bread
  • Natural Peanut Butter (any brand)
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon

Meat digestion article:  http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20551987_12,00.html

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