Should you get blood work done at a Sports Physical for Teen Athletes?

Early August I took my son to get his sports physical and took this opportunity to get a few blood panels done. Here’s what I asked for: Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (measures glucose, electrolytes, hydration, kidney, and liver functions_ Lipid Panel (measures cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL and HDL) Vitamin D Screen TSH w/FT4 Reflex (measures thyroid hormone) Vitamin B12 Magnesium NON-HDL Cholesterol …

What To Look For In A Protein Powder Or Pre-Made Shake

I know many parents raising teen athletes feel confused about what they should look for in a protein supplement and rightly so! There’s so many on the market these days! So let’s break it down on the most important things to consider when making your purchase. Here’s what to look for: 20+ Grams of Protein Per Serving Teen athletes and …

Allergen Free Snack Ideas For Teen Athletes

Do you have an athlete that suffers from food allergies? I hosted a free online Sports Nutrition Workshop on February 20, 2020, and one of the parents asked the following question:  My athlete has severe food allergies, what are some snack ideas? She said her athlete was allergic to nuts, seeds, eggs, and shellfish. Being that her athlete is allergic …

The Best Sports Nutrition Recovery Practices

We are back this week answering another question from Susan, the OG parent from my online course Raising Elite Level Athletes. Question: What are the best low carb recovery drinks? This question sparked an idea to cover the sports nutrition recovery process as a whole and provide an answer to Susan’s question. Recovery after a hard workout, game, or training …

Calling all parents raising athletes who feel overwhelmed

As a parent raising athletes, I know how it feels to get very overwhelmed and run down at times.   There’s juggling family, work, sports, house, bills, etc., adulting never stops.  Amirite? Recently I found myself struggling hard! From one week to the next I felt like I was managing life really great to holy crap – what the heck is …

Is Alcohol your nightly dose of “Nyquil” to catch some Zzz?

Today we are going to talk about the effects of drinking alcohol in the evening has on the quality of sleep you get. This one is controversial because many who have a few drinks each evening will swear that it actually helps them sleep. And yes I will agree that it definitely relaxes the body and does help to fall …

A break in my bedtime routine… A story you might relate to

Last week we talked about what happens to your health when you don’t get quality sleep. Now it’s time for a personal example. If you are anything like me, you like a good routine.   There’s a reason we develop routines, mainly to gain a bit more structure in our lives.  They keep you on track, consistent, and moving forward. …

What happens to your health when you don’t get QUALITY sleep?

You know the saying, “sleep is for the weak” or “I’ll sleep when I’m dead?”  Well, today you will learn just how important sleep is for your overall health. Here’s the thing… each person is different, while one may require 6 hours of sleep, another may need at least 8-10 to be able to function on a daily basis. Whatever …

Mental and Physical Fitness (and how they’re linked)

Today we will cover why fitness, both mental and physical, are required to have a healthy brain. Remember a few weeks ago I stated that if you sit all day and don’t move your body that you start to become less of a genius? When we don’t exercise – it can decrease the volume of our brain and puts us …