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Hy-Vee Performance October Newsletter

Championship Season Fuel Fall championship season is upon us, and although championship season spans a short amount of time – it is the most critical time to commit to a sound fueling plan. My high school coach always told us: “Eat right, sleep right, and train right for a successful championship season.” These may be things you have been doing all season long, but now is not the time to catch a silly cold or the flu , things that could easily occur if one is not cognoscente of taking care of the ‘little things.’ What is one thing you can do this championship season (or whenever your championship season rolls around) to ensure your season finishes strong? Read on for ideas.

Sports Nutrition Product Tasting – Wednesday, November 1st 4:00-6:00pm Join me at the Mills Civic Hy-Vee Health Market on Wednesday, November 1st from 4:00-6:00pm to try out a variety of sports nutrition products. There will be a variety of products to sample and education on best uses of the products. A few brands will include: Performance Inspired Performance Whey, Honey Stinger, Nuun, Picky Bars, Blessed by Nature Tart Cherry Juice, and Fairlife chocolate milk. This is your chance to try before you buy!

Product Spotlight: Fuel For Fire Fuel For Fire is energy on the go! A combination of protein and fruit provide appropriate sustained energy before a workout, or fulfills recovery needs post workout. With at least 10 grams of protein in each pouch and only 130 calories, this is a versatile source of energy for any type of activity. This product is gluten free, soy free, free of added sugars, and made with real food. With flavors like sweet potato apple, tropical smoothie, banana cocoa smoothie, and strawberry banana smoothie, there’s a flavor for every palette. This can be found in the HealthMarket at your favorite Hy-Vee store.

Sports Dietitian’s Corner – ‘Good foods’ vs. ‘Bad foods’ As a sports dietitian I often hear the question, “Is this food good for you?” or “Is this food bad for you?” As a young dietitian straight out of college I often struggled to answer this type of question, because I wanted to give a clear cut answer to what seemed to be a clear cut question. As my career has evolved, it has become more apparent that, most of the time, it is next to impossible to answer that question with a “Yes” or “No” answer. I have found, especially while working closely with young developing athletes, that it is important to understand there can be a right time and place for (almost) every food. There is no good food vs. bad food. Food is food. Some choices are better than others. Some choices should be limited 90% of the time. But to say one food, or a group of foods, is offlimits 100% of the time, well then I just become the food police… something I really do not aspire to be. So, if you ask, “Is this food good for you?” or “Is this food bad for you?” Prepare to hear an answer that sounds similar to this: There is a time and place for most foods. Whether a food is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for you depends a lot upon what your intake has consisted of the rest of the day. If you have had at least 2 servings of fruit, 3 servings of vegetables, lean protein with every meal/snack, 2-3 servings of a calcium rich food, whole grains when appropriate, and ½ your body weight in ounces of water and you have room for a small bowl of ice cream after dinner, by ALL means, eat that small bowl of ice cream. If you are asking if a bowl of ice cream is ‘good for you’ as a replacement to a balanced dinner, expect to hear from me, “You can do better than than.” Utilize the ‘Athlete’s Performance Plate,’ that many of you have seen me use before, when deciding if a certain food fits into an appropriate fueling plan. Or set up a time to meet with me to learn more about how to fit all foods into your personalized fueling plan.

Ellen Davis, RD, CSSD, LD | Hy-Vee Sports Dietitian | @HyVeeCSSD | HyVeeCSSD@gmail.com