WHAT: What is Sports Nutrition?
Sports Nutrition is a balance, just like your plate should be, so should the variables in life to help you reach your goals. In this case, Sports Nutrition is a balance of research and education, as it’s foundation, knowing the demands of the sport along with medical nutrition therapy, behavior change, it’s a big indicator of execution, actual performance, and the support team that surrounds the athlete and/or individual.
In more simple terms, it is the food you fuel your body with to achieve the goal an athlete or individual sets before him or herself.
WHEN: When is Sports Nutrition executed?
ALL YEAR LONG: In & Out of Sport Season and/or training periods
- Education never stops
- The DRIVE to improve performance never stops
- YOUR competition is YOURself.
WHY: My WHY is still underdevelopment…but with the help of Simon Sinek, I’ll figure it out.
The rough draft looks something like this:
To encourage athletes (individuals) to build better habits to meet their overall goals, to make an impact on their lives through nutrition so that it propels them forward to achieve their version of greatness.
HOW: How did I become a professional in the field of Sports Nutrition?
Coming out of high school, I went to a junior college because I am the first person to go to college in my family. Very fun two years of college; however, I also learned fast that I needed to go somewhere else because I wanted to become a Dietitian. I actually spoke to a high school classmate because her sister was becoming a dietitian. She told me she went to Stephen F. Austin State University. I picked up the phone and called immediately, did everything I was told to do, and next thing you know I was moving to into the dorm. I received my undergraduate degree in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics. From there, you actually have to apply for an internship, complete over 1000+ hours of rotations and received a verification statement before you get to sit for the Registered Dietitian exam. As my luck would prevail, I did not get in my first time sooooooo a Master’s in Kinesiology was my back up plan, which I wouldn’t trade for the world. My mentors and classmates were awesome. I mean I even convinced one of them to count footsteps on my thesis, still grateful. The mentors I had are still the smartest people I know and I still send random emails to one of them today, Dr. Faries—you are the real MVP in my graduate journey. After a year of waiting, I applied again, received an internship at Stephen F. Austin State University, completed the rotations, and couldn’t wait to see what the future held.
I always wanted to be a sports dietitian even when it really wasn’t a thing. I googled it and found an organization called Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitian Association. Joined immediately. Then when I was finishing up my internship, the Sports Nutrition Immersion Program was on its second year of applications. Applied and landed at Texas A&M. The Journey as a Sports Dietitian started.
From the left to right: Stephen F. Austin State University, SNIP + Job 1 at Texas A&M University, Job 2 at Baylor University, Job 3 at University of Oregon.
After being a Registered Dietitian for 5 years, there is still so much to learn and my journey is still uphill.
Where ever your journey takes you, ROAM freely.