My Sports Dietitian show

My Sports Dietitian

Summary: Tavis interviews leading experts in the field of Sports Nutrition such as Julian Bailes, Bob Seebohar, Bill Harris, Jami Mascari Meeks, David Geier among many others.

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 Intermittent Fasting and Athletic Performance | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 56:55

Eat Stop Eat Brad is one of the worlds most sought after intermittent fasting advocates. His book Eat Stop Eat continues to be one of the best-selling books on intermittent fasting on the internet. He received his Bachelor of Science in Applied Human Nutrition and his master's degree in Human Biology and Nutritional Science, where his main area of interest was the effect of short periods of fasting on human metabolism. His book Eat Stop Eat is the result of this research. Brad has also spent over 7 years working in Research and Development in the sports supplement industry. During this time he helped design multiple clinical trials and create dozens of popular bodybuilding supplements, and is listed as an author on multiple patents involving methods to increase muscle mass and decrease body fat. Through appearing on national television, speaking at national scientific conferences and his book Eat Stop Eat, Brad has helped millions of people become aware of the amazing health benefits that can be achieved by simply taking an occasional break from eating and by taking a practical approach to nutrition and exercise. Podcast Notes: 1. What is Intermittent Fasting? 2. What methods of fasting more effective than another? 3. Brad’s first experience with fasting. 4. The challenges Brad faced the first couple of times you he tried to fast for an extended period of time. 5. The benefits of intermittent fasting. 6. What happens to our blood sugar and insulin levels during a fast? 7. The Fed and Fasted State. 8. Fasting and Body Fat Percentages. 9. Effects of fasting on hormones (Testosterone and Growth Hormone). 10. How long can we go without eating before our body burns muscle tissue. 11. Fasting and intense weight training. Is it recommended? 12. Fasting for athletic performance. Is it recommended? 13. Fasting for high school or college athlete? 14. If there is there a best approach to fasting? 15. His book “Eat Stop Eat”. 16. Tips for people who would like to try fasting for the first time and how to be successful at it. Website:

 Unbiased Source on Nutrition Research | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:35

Kamal Patel Kamal currently serves as the Director at is an independent organization that investigates the science behind supplementation and nutrition. He is a nutrition researcher with an MPH and MBA from Johns Hopkins University, and is on hiatus from a PhD in nutrition in which he researched the link between diet and chronic pain. He has published peer-reviewed articles on vitamin D and calcium as well as a variety of clinical research topics. Kamal has also been involved in research on fructose and liver health, mindfulness meditation, and nutrition in low income areas. Podcast Notes 1. What is 2. The concept and idea of developing this site 3. How many followers do they have 4. Qualifications of their staff 5. The criteria they use to rate the research and evidence 6. The most popular supplements people want to know about 7. The biggest problem with the supplement industry today 8. Can a High School or College athlete use 9. What supplements work and what doesn’t 10. Over-hyped ingredients 11. Pre-Workout supplements and those with ingredients with little to no science to support the evidence 12. What does offer to the consumer Check it out at is an independent organization that investigates the science behind supplementation and nutrition.

 What’s Cooking in Sports Nutrition: Recipes for Athletes | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:49

Recipes for Athletes Recipes for Athletes are what Dana White specializes in. Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer, and nutrition and fitness consultant. She specializes in culinary nutrition, recipe development and sports nutrition. Dana works closely with chefs and authors to develop creative and healthy recipes for cookbooks, magazines and menus. She is the nutrition expert for Food and founding contributor for Food Network’s Healthy Eats blog. She has worked as nutrition consultant for Follow Productions on seasons 2 and 3 of Bobby Deen’s show Not My Mama’s Meals. She has worked as a media spokesperson for Cooking Light Magazine and has made appearances on Good Day Street Talk, Food, Access Hollywood and GMA Health. In October 2013, Dana was named to Sharecare’s list of Top 10 Social HealthMakers on Nutrition. Dana is the sports dietitian and assistant clinical faculty in the department of Athletic Training and Sports Medicine at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. She also conducts workshops and cooking demonstrations for fitness organizations, corporate settings and schools. 
Dana’s recipes and articles have been featured on Food, Cooking, Diet,, Today’s Dietitian, SHAPE, SEVENTEEN, Prevention and Maxim magazine. She has created meal plans and recipes for books including Energy To Burn: The Ultimate Food and Nutrition Guide to Fuel Your Active Life, Extra Lean and Extra Lean Family by Mario Lopez, and Tell Me What To Eat If I Am Trying To Conceive. 
A farmers’ market junkie and local food aficionado, Dana worked with Harvard Medical School’s Center for Health and the Global Environment to create the Healthy Harvest Food Regional Guides, to educate consumers on purchasing and preparing seasonal foods. As a practicing Certified Athletic Trainer, Dana provides emergency medicine and rehabilitation services to high school, college and professional athletes. She is also a CPR and First Aid instructor for the American Red Cross. Dana earned her master’s degree in nutrition education from Teachers’ College-Columbia University and bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac University in Sports Medicine. She resides in Fairfield, Connecticut with her husband, two daughters and Boston Terrier, Violet Pickles. - See more at: Podcast Notes: 1. Dana’s passion for cooking and creating healthy recipes. 2. Strategies to make meal prep easy, healthy, and convenient. 3. Challenges athletes face with meal preparation. 4. The advantages of preparing your own meals, especially as an athlete. 5. Easy breakfast recipes that take less than 5 minutes to prepare that are also considered nutritious. 6. Her favorite shakes that her athletes have enjoyed that are quick, simple, and nutritious 7. 3-4 ingredient recipes she recommends. 8. Strategies busy athletes can use to save time on meal preparation so they don’t have to spend much time cooking when they get home. 9. Simple tips to make meal preparation easier or quicker for mom or dad in order to avoid eating out, especially for High School athletes. 10. Her new series of recipe eBooks on topics such as Breakfast Made Simple, Quick and Simple Recipes for Athletes, Lunch, Dinner, and Healthy Shakes for Athletes. 11. Sample recipes from each book. See her Recipe Ebooks at 

 Eating Disorders in Athletes: What Coaches, Parents and Athletes Need to Know | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:42

How to Recognize, Intervene and Prevent Eating Disorders Eating Disorders in Athletes are on the rise. Allison breaks it down so others can understand this complicated disorder. Allison is a life-long athlete and sports enthusiast.  She was an all-state track and field athlete and competitive cheerleader prior to attending the University of Michigan, where she was a four-year member and senior captain of the cheerleading team.   Her experience in and love of athletics led her to pursue her bachelors degree in Movement Science from the School of Kinesiology and then to continue on to get her master’s degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, with the goal of helping other athletes through sports nutrition.  She has continued her involvement in athletics by training and competing as a CrossFit athlete and has also run two half marathons, numerous 5K and 10K’s, a triathlon and multiple adventure races. Allison brings important experience to the topic of eating disorders in athletes, not just as a former athlete and current professional in the field of sports nutrition, but also as a successful cheerleading coach at the high school level for the past 10 years.  This gives her the personal perspective of being on the front line, coaching and working with young athletes every day.  She has spoken at numerous coaching conferences on the unique aspects of Eating Disorders in Athletes, helping coaches, administrators and trainers to understand their role in promoting healthy athletes and helping those athletes who may be struggling with this issue. Allison currently works as the sports dietitian and head of the Eating Disorder Management Team for Eastern Michigan University Athletics and as the consultant dietitian for the Detroit Lions.  In addition to this, she works for Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools through the University of Michigan Health system, counseling middle school and high school students on healthy eating and physical activity behaviors.  She also meets regularly with many local high school and youth sports teams to share her expertise in sports nutrition.  When she is not working or training, Allison enjoys being with her husband and son, hiking, attending sporting events and spending time on the lake sailing or wakeboarding. Podcast Notes 1. Allison's interest in working with athletes that have an eating disorders. 2. The different types of eating disorders that are common among athletes. 3. Explanation of the types of eating disorders. 4. The side effects from an eating disorder and how could it impact athletic performance and health. 5. The causes of an eating disorder? 6. Whether coaches and parents play a role in causing a young athlete to develop an eating disorder. 7. What types of sports are most commonly associated with eating disorders? 8. Are all athletes with eating disorders underweight or do we see overweight athletes with eating disorders? 9. Treatment strategies used for athletes with eating disorders? 10. The length of time it takes to fully recover from an eating disorder? 11. What can be done to prevent an eating disorder? 12 Tips to give parents who are obsessed about their son, daughter, or athlete’s weight? 13. Strategies for coaches, parents, or medical professionals to recognize an eating disorder. 14. Her new book titled “Eating Disorders and Athletes – How to Recognize, Intervene, and Prevent". Eating Disorders and Athletes Ebook Click to Tweet

 Stress Fractures in Athletes: How to Optimize Bone Health | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:03

Minimizing Stress Fracture Risk Practical ways to reduce stress fractures in athletes are the key points Melissa discusses in her podcast interview. Melissa is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). She has been practicing for over 12 years in various role including: sports nutrition, health and wellness, private practice and as an assistant professor. Melissa is currently an Assistant Professor in the Health Sciences department at James Madison University (JMU), teaching in the Dietetics program. She has taught various undergraduate and graduate courses; some of which include, Nutrition Assessment, Nutrition and Physical Activity, Sports Nutrition and Clinical Nutrition.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities she works closely with the Sports Medicine department providing nutrition services for the athletes. Most would consider Melissa’s hobby of competitive running a second career.  She has qualified and competed in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials. That is over 12 years of competing and training at the highest level, post-collegiately. Melissa was a Division I collegiate athlete at the University of Dayton in Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track, where she received numerous recognitions. Melissa attributes her athletic success to her dedication and passion of the sport and to all the “little things” that often get over looked such as getting adequate sleep, eating healthy, and training smart.   Melissa currently lives in Charlottesville, VA and trains with the Ragged Mountain Racing Team. She has a few more running goals to meet before she retires and runs for pleasure. Podcast Notes 1. Melissa’s interest in studying nutrition for bone health. 2. What factors make bone susceptible to injury? 3. The types of athletes or sports are at a higher risk of sustaining a bone related injury? 4. Are females at a greater risk than males? If so, why? 5. How nutrition plays a significant role in keeping our bones strong and healthy and how macronutrients play a role in bone health? 6. Could an athlete being overweight or underweight put them at risk for a bone injury (i.e. stress fracture)? 7. What vitamins play an important role in bone health? 8. Vitamin D and Athletic performance. Research on the New York Giants as they tested their players in 2011 and over 60% of their athletes had low levels which also correlated to injuries. Why is Vitamin D so important? 8. Vitamin D supplements and the food supply? 9. What minerals play an important role in optimizing bone health? 10. The difference between taking a calcium supplement vs. getting your calcium from foods. Are the absorption rates better from one over the other? 11. Supplements that are beneficial to take to optimize bone health? 12. Her new ebook “Nutritional Intake for Optimal Bone Health – Minimizing Stress Fracture Risk”.  Get My Coupon Code Here Click Here to Tweet

 Dive into Swimming Nutrition for Optimal Performance | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:15

Swimming Nutrition for Athletes: Gain the Advantage Jennifer joins us with an impressive background. She is a Registered Dietitian and a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics who has received a Dual Masters Degree in Nutrition and Exercise Ph...

 Making an Impact with Wrestlers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 42:19

Performance Nutrition for Wrestlers I am a life-long wrestler, a proud Cornell University alumnus, a 2 x All-American for the Big Red, an assistant Cornell wrestling coach and a USA Freestyle National Team member.  My involvement in the sport continues to this day as I club coach for the Finger Lakes Wrestling Club, working with wrestlers ranging from youth, high school, college and even Olympic levels on wrestling skill, tactics, nutrition and strength training.  I am also proud to be very involved in the growth of the sport through the grassroots youth wrestling organization known as NYWAY (New York Wrestling Association for Youth).  I serve as the Coordinator of Sports Nutrition for Cornell University Athletics, and help support all 36 sports teams on Cornell’s campus. I work especially close with the Cornell Wrestling team, which has achieved national prominence over the past several years.  I work intimately with wrestlers on weight loss, weight gain, weight cutting challenges as well as the plethora of other areas of performance nutrition. It is difficult for me to pinpoint the exact inception of my passion for sports nutrition, but I remember being intrigued as a youth wrestler and cross county runner by the challenges of effectively fueling while competing back home in Chico, CA. It was my time here at Cornell and my personal weight management struggles that really shaped my passion.  As a Big Red wrestler, I competed at the 165-pound weight class for three seasons.  As is the case with many wrestlers, my weight class became my identity but after having grown significantly (from ~170lbs to ~190lbs), I had outgrown my weight class by that third year.  Unfortunately, I failed to recognize it until I was in the heat of the season; one that saw an unfortunately high level of focus on weight cutting, was riddled with injury and ended with me falling short of my goals.  After some serious reflection and heavy lifting, I bumped up two weight classes all the way to 184-pounds for the following season.  This of course presented an entirely new (and much more enjoyable) fueling challenge that included weight gain, strength gain and skill development to take on bigger and stronger competition.  It was at this bigger weight class (184-pounds and then 84kgs/185lbs) that I achieved my greatest successes on the mats that includes becoming an NCAA All-American and USA Freestyle National Team member.  After college, I competed briefly in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and have consulted with several MMA fighters including Jon Jones and Anthony Leone on both sports nutrition and wrestling for MMA. These experiences have grounded my knowledge in performance nutrition for wrestling as I have maintained this performance perspective for each and every step of my education.  I have spent my career, both competitively and professionally, applying the science to the singular demands of a wrestler. At Cornell, in addition to my role as a sports dietitian, I serve as a Specialty Nutritionist (Dietitian) for the Cornell Healthy Eating Program (CHEP); the CHEP program is a multidisciplinary effort to help students fuel themselves effectively to support their academics, athletics and wellness with special focus on disordered eating.  In this role I work with a broad spectrum of sub-optimal fueling that ranges from student athletes struggling to adequately fuel their sport training (and incur an injury like a stress fractures) to students suffering from severe eating disorder requiring hospitalization.  While the fields of sports nutrition and eating disorder nutrition counseling can be quite different, I am humbled by both roles and learn lessons every day that impact the perspective that I bring to my practice as a dietitian. Podcast Notes 1. When did you discover you had a love for wrestling? 2. A lot has changed in the last 10-15 years in regards to the issues with weight loss, body fat,

 Grocery Shopping List for Athletes | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:54

Shopping Smart: Athlete’s Grocery List Kelli has been working extensively with athletes since 2001 when she became the dietitian for the United States Military Academy.  She served as the Corps of Cadets’ dietitian until 2010.  Since then she has continued to work with athletes ranging in age from youth to Master’s in a variety of sports ranging from soccer to cycling.  Helping athletes achieve their best through optimizing nutritional practices remains her passion.  Her sports background includes running Cross-Country and Track and Field at the collegiate level at Pennsylvania State University from 1991-1995.  She achieved All-American status twice in the 10,000M in 1993 and 1994.  After completing a successful collegiate running career, Kelli transitioned to triathlons.  Kelli has completed four Ironman triathlons, to include the Hawaii Ironman twice.  Her clinical background includes a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University in Nutritional Sciences with a minor in Exercise Science.  She completed her internship from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA and obtained her Masters of Science in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Washington.  Kelli has been a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics since 2006. Podcast Notes 1.Challenges athletes face when trying to make healthy choices at a grocery store. 2. Rules or tips Kelli recommends to athletes when going to the grocery. 3. What to do if you’re short on time for shopping and is there a method of starting in a particular place of the store to get out sooner. 4. How beneficial is it to go to the grocery with a list and does it save time and money. 5. Kelli’s recommendation for those who need to increase their F&V intake but have not been buying them because when they do, they often go bad.   6. Advice she gives to help athletes to make healthy choices when shopping. 7. How to read a nutrition label on specific products and tips on what to do when the product has multiple brands to choose from (i.e. yogurt, bread, etc). 8. Items that may be advertised as Healthy but are really not when you look at the food label. 9. Her new eBook titled Grocery Shopping List for Athletes: Using the Grocery Store to your Advantage. See the Ebook: Grocery Shopping List for Athletes Get My Coupon Code Here Click to Tweet: #athletesgrocerylist    


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