The Perfect Sports Diet for 2014

The Perfect Sports Diet for 2014

If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to shape up your eating, please keep reading…

I have a lot of clients who set the goal of eating the perfect sports diet (no sugar, white flour, red meat, processed foods, etc.). These are the same folks who get mad at themselves for “cheating” if they eat a cookie or consider themselves “being bad” if they sneak a French fry. Sometimes they let their bodies become ravenously hungry because “there was nothing healthy to eat.”

As you make your New Year’s Nutrition Resolutions, I suggest you think about enjoying a sports diet that balances out to be about 90% “quality calories” and 10% “whatever.” That is, some days “whatever” might be an apple, and another day “whatever” might be apple pie with ice cream. Though you may deem pie to be a “bad food,” it can still be part of a good diet (and is actually quite delicious!)

Please remember: You need not eat a perfect diet to have a good diet. And also remember: eating anything is better than letting your body become too hungry because you were confronted with only “junk food” and ate nothing. On that day when you get stuck without any healthy food options, you’d be better off enjoying a candy bar for a mid-afternoon snack than abusing your body with lack of fuel. (Yes, living “too hungry” is abusive. Please don’t do that!)

With best wishes for a 2014 filled with enjoyable meals and balanced food choices.


For more information on how to design a sustainable sports diet, refer to the new fifth edition of my best-selling Sports Nutrition Guidebook.

Written by Nancy Clark MS RD CSSD

Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD is an internationally respected sports nutritionist, weight coach, nutrition author, and workshop leader. She is a registered dietitian (RD) who is a board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). She is also a certified WellCoach. Nancy specializes in nutrition for performance, life-long health, and the nutritional management of eating disorders. She counsels both casual exercisers and competitive athletes in her private practice in the Boston area (Newton, MA). Some of her clients consider her to be their food coach, others their food therapist. Regardless, she enjoys the challenge of helping sports-active people transform their suboptimal eating habits into effective fueling plans. Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook, a best-selling resource, has sold over 550,000 copies and is now in it's new fifth edition.

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