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Race Day Fueling

Ah race day. The day you’ve been waiting for. The day that puts all your hard work and training to the test. You’ve done everything to prepare physically and now it’s time to see it pay off. Except… You still have one very important job left to do: prepare your race day nutrition strategy. Far

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YCN - Recording Your Intake

Tracking Your Intake

The following questions are ones we (as dietitians) often are asked when it comes to tracking intake. We want to emphasize that while tracking can be a very useful tool, it is not the only method for improving nutrition habits and can be more damaging than helpful to some, depending on personal food-related behaviors and

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YCN Event-Based Carb Recommendations by Corinna Coffin, MS, RD

Race Week Nutrition: Sample Meal Plan (Carb Loading)

We realize it’s rather easy to throw out a bunch of numbers when it comes to nutrition recommendations, but a heck of a lot harder to translate those into food choices throughout a given day. This task can be especially arduous when following race week carbohydrate-loading protocol, as carbohydrate recommendations are particularly high. Below, we

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YCN on Hydration

Race Week Nutrition: Hydration & Electrolyte Needs

One of the most important fueling techniques that is often overlooked is the importance of adequate hydration. In addition to the daily body losses from breathing and normal gastrointestinal, kidney, and cooling functions of the body, even more losses occur during exercise in order to dissipate the heat generated as a byproduct of muscular work. Hot/humid environments

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YCN on Carb Loading

Race-week Nutrition: Carbohydrate Loading

Dietary manipulation is an integral aspect of an athlete’s training protocol, particularly as it relates to performance outcomes. High-carbohydrate diets are best-recognized for performance improvements in both sustained, low-to-moderate and short, high-intensity exercises, which can be attributed to maximizing muscle glycogen content (the storage form of carbohydrate) and thereby its availability for utilization during exercise.

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YC Nutrition: The Effects of Alcohol on Training, Performance...

Effects of Alcohol Consumption on Training, Performance and Body Composition

When it comes to health and athletic performance, both acute and chronic alcohol use can have deleterious effects. The large variance in the effects of alcohol within and across individuals can be attributed to several factors such as genetics, gender, amount of alcohol ingested, body mass and nutrition status (Barnes, 2014) . Acute alcohol consumption

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Yancy Camp Nutrition

Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S)

Over the past few weeks, we have covered some of the basics of fueling in our discussion of macronutrients and micronutrients, as well as a deep dive into carbohydrates. Our hope is that the Yancy Camp Nutrition audience is well informed on the science behind the delicious food that fuels your workouts. This week’s topic

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Corinna Coffin, YCN Dietitian and OCR Athlete

Micronutrient Needs for Athletes

In our previous blog post, we discussed the increased macronutrient needs of athletes and active individuals and why these are so important – from increased performance outcomes to injury prevention and recovery among many others. The macronutrients (protein, carbs and fat) often take the spotlight when it comes to nutrition; after all, they are required

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Corinna Coffin, YCN Dietitian & OCR Athlete

Macronutrient Needs For Athletes

Nutrition recommendations for athletes and active individuals differ from their sedentary counterparts. The use of nutrition has become widespread in various disciplines as a means of improving performance, fitness, and overall health (Steinmuller et al., 2014). There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that specific dietary practices may increase peak performance potential of an

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Ask the YCN Dietitians!

Simple vs. Complex Carbs: What’s the Difference, When to Consume Each & Pre-workout Fueling Strategies

Carbohydrates are an essential component of the diet, particularly for athletes, as they provide our muscles with the energy needed to function correctly (contract) and perform optimally for strength and endurance. Today, confusion over carbs exists because of conflicting information: current fad diets give carbohydrates a bad rap, and food manufacturers reign with producing and

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