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Nutrition

Fueling Your Body for Success

The Healthy Eating Plate, created by nutrition experts at Harvard School of Public Health and editors at Harvard Health Publications, was designed to address deficiencies in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s MyPlate. The Healthy Eating Plate provides detailed guidance, in a simple format, to help people make the best eating choices.

Top Tips for Improving Nutrition to Reduce Your Times

Female Athlete Triad Syndrome - Looking healthy but acutally undernourished.  Many girls aren't eating enough to satisfy the physical demands of their sports, scientists say, and that's putting them at risk for health problems that can last a lifetime.

Three Nutrients Young Swimmers Shouldn't Miss

Should Swimmers Eat Before Early Morning Practice? hint:  without fuel in your body, you will burn muscle - does that make sense?

25 Best Foods for Fitness

How much Protein does an Athlete Need?

We all need to be thoughtful about what we eat, to optimize our fuel to be our best on meet day, but if you are a vegetarian or vegan, please be especially vigilant about understanding what your body needs and how you will supply it.  Lots of vegetable based protein sources are available, but learn how much of your favorite sources you need, to get enough of what your body needs as an athlete, both during training and competition!  To get everyone - from omnivores to vegans -  thinking about this, here are some FAQs about protein.

Link to Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook at the Amazon Store.

Hydrate!

Sweat losses can be great during practice or competition. Failure to replace these losses, or to maintain hydration will affect performance, and may negatively impact a swimmer’s health. Thirst is not a good indicator of fluid needs, therefore swimmers must drink on a schedule.

Swimmers should have their water bottle with them daily; and for older swimmers a solution of Gatorade and water in that bottle poolside during practice. 

How to Stay Hydrated During Practice

What to eat before a Meet

Ten Nutrition Strategies for the Big Race Day

Top Tips for Choosing Quality Carbohydrates

What to eat on Meet Day

Smart Eating for Swimmers on Race Day

Eating in the Off Season

Top Tips for Eating in the Off Season

Eating at Meets for Food Allergic Swimmers

Food Allergic Swimmers: What's the Best Way to Manage Them

Great Nutrition Resources

Sports Nutrition for Kids Nutrition advice from Moms Team, the Trusted Source for Sports Parents - includes suggested menus 

The professional nutrition specialists at the U.S. Olympic Committee have put together a variety of informational materials for athletes, coaches and parents. In this section you can find access to these materials to learn more about sport-specific diet, travel nutrition and eating guidelines.  Click Here for Team USA Resources and Fact Sheets