Books that make good gifts for athletes
Given Christmas is right around the corner, you might be looking for a helpful present for a friend or teammate? Or, given the New Year is right around the corner, perhaps you want to give yourself the gift of higher energy and better athletic performance?
Below is my short list of nutrition resources that can make a difference in a person’s life.
Sports nutrition books
(Yes,some shameless self-promoting…)
•Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook, new 5th edition (Oct 2013).
Having sold over 550,000 copies since the release of the first edition, this easy-to-read resource is considered by many athletes to be their “nutrition bible.” It’s comprehensive yet enjoyable—and even has a recipes for sports foods.
You might also enjoy my sport-specific books that make useful gifts for friends, family and teammates:
•Food Guide for Marathoners: Tips for Everyday Champions
•Food Guide for New Runners: Getting It Right From the Start
•Food Guide for Soccer: Tips and Recipes from the Pros
•The Cyclist’s Food Guide: Fueling for the Distance.
Other excellent sports nutrition books include:
•Endurance Sports Nutrition,new 3rd Edition by Suzanne Gerard Eberle RD
•Power Eating, new 4th edition, by Susan Kleiner RD
•Vegetarian Sports Nutrition by Enette Larson-Meyer RD.
•Diabetic Athlete’s Handbook by Sherri Colberg
•The Athlete’s Guide to Sports Supplements by Kimberly Mueller RD and Josh Hingst
Books on Weight issues, Dieting, Eating Disorders
An estimated 30 to 60% of female athletes (as well as a smaller number of males) struggle with balancing food, weight, and exercise. If you or someone you know struggles with disordered eating patterns, let them know they are not alone and can benefit from these self-help books.
•8 Keys to Recovery From an Eating Disorder by Carolyn Costin
•The Don’t Diet, Live-It! Workbook: Healing Food, Weight and Body Issues by A. LoBue and M. Marcus.
•Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works by E. Tribole RD and E. Resch RD.
•The Exercise Balance: What’s Too Much, Too Little, Just Right by P. Powers. and R. Thompson.
•Making Weight: Healing Men’s Conflicts with Food, Weight, Shape &Appearance by A. Anderson, L.Cohn & T. Holbrook
•Body image: Body Image Workbook: An 8-Step Program for Learning to Like Your Looks by T. Cash.
•Food and Feelings Workbook: A Full Course Meal on Emotional Health by K. Koenig.
•Surviving an Eating Disorder: Perspectives and Strategies for Family & Friends by M. Siegel et al.
•Your Overweight Child: Helping Without Harming by E. Satter
With best wishes for happy reading and a healthy 2014!
PS. Many athletes would rather meet with a sports nutritionist in person than read a book. In that case, use the referral network at www.SCANdpg.org and create a gift certificate for a nutrition check-up!