Feb 2012

Happy 2012 from SDA! And welcome to our first Nutrition Bites blog! We hope you’ve had a healthy break and looking forward to another year full of sports science snippets to make your training and performance as cutting edge as the current research is! Our job is to keep you inspired and up-to-date with what’s new in sports nutrition and excited about good food and health at every stage and every age of sport involvement.

As we write this…

The Australian Open has just wrapped up, leaving most of us wondering what fuelled the epic record-breaking battle between Nadal and Djokovic with no signs of food or electrolytes to power the 5hr 53m match. Perhaps it was an energy bar or maybe a honey sandwich that Djokovic fuelled with beneath that conspicuous hood in a prior match? The point is that tennis matches can be lengthy and they are often played in very hot and humid conditions, which makes keeping up with fluid and electrolytes losses a priority. Click here to see what Professor Asker Jeukendrup has to say in this “Eat To Win” online presentation. If you are a keen tennis player yourself, you might want to read this before playing your next match.  

What’s hot right now…

The weather! Training and competing in hot and humid conditions increases sweat rates and sodium losses. That’s pretty straightforward. But did you know that Accredited Sports Dietitians have specialist skills in hydration testing to be able to give specific and individual advice on sweat rate and sweat sodium content, which can guide fluid volumes and types before, during and after training. Want to find out more? Click here for a YouTube clip of hydration testing performed at the GSSI (the Gatorade Sports Science Institute) or find out if your local Accredited Sports Dietitian can provide this service.

Need a little healthy meal inspiration?

Check out the range of Survival Cookbooks, available at a discounted price of $25 each (RRP $29.95) or the set of 4 for $80. To order your cookbooks, contact the SDA office on (03) 9926 1336 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (03) 9926 1336      end_of_the_skype_highlightingor email us. Online store coming soon!

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Need to find an expert?

Accredited Sports Dietitians can provide advice on issues such as:

  • Maximising energy for sport and health;
  • eating to optimise growth and development;
  • what to eat before competition;
  • recovery nutrition techniques;
  • best fluid choices for exercise and staying hydrated;
  • maintaining appropriate body fat levels; and
  • Education on food choices and tips while travelling.

Make sure you get your accurate and up-to-date sports nutrition information from the professionals for sound science and a proven track record.Click here to find a Accredited Sports Dietitian in your local area for individual consults and/or group education sessions.   

Stay well!

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