55 : Eating to Heal & Eating to Perform with Sports Nutritionist, Erin Sparrold

Erin Sparrold, CN, MET is a Sports Nutritionist with the Mind of the Athlete group and has over 20 years of nutrition coaching experience.  Erin holds a degree in nutrition science from the University of Arizona and a sports specific certification in metabolic efficiency training. A major focus of her studies is on nutritional interventions for treatment of anxiety and depression which can be problematic for both healthy and injured athletes.  In episode 55, we talk about nutrition both for athletes looking to improve their performance on the field and for those who are out of the game either temporarily or long-term.  When an athlete is out of the game due to an injury, illness, retirement or other obstacle, a focus on nutrition can help distract from negative thoughts and puts you in control of getting healthy.

Erin Sparrold, Sports Nutritionist at Mind of the Athlete teaches how to keep your blood sugar level and how to balance a meal or snack so your blood sugar doesn't spike.

Below are some of our talking points:

  • Erin's athletic background

  • What Erin wished she knew about nutrition when she was an athlete

  • Athletes and body image

    • Looking for red flags

      • Reporting restrictive consumptions

      • Short list of foods they eat

      • Sense of anxiety to eat certain foods

    • How to help these athletes

      • Working side by side with the sports psychology doctors at Mind of the Athlete

      • Promoting the benefits of food

  • Nutrition for athletes who need to gain weight the healthy way

  • Why all women should lift weights

    • Postural issues

    • Improving/ Maintaining bone density

    • Fighting the loss in skeletal muscle mass as you age

    • Improving metabolism

  • Why the post competition/training nutrition is so important

    • Within one hour of exercise

  • Paleo conversation, the pros and cons

  • Why there is nothing you should NEVER eat and why living in deprivation is unhealthy

  • What athletes should eat everyday

  • Why your plates should have lots of plant-based color

  • Why you should avoid eating processed foods

  • Macro vs. micro nutrients

  • Foods for brain health

    • Omega 3’s from fatty fish especially

  • Gut health’s relationship to brain health

  • What is Kefir and why is it a good recovery drink

  • Nutritional interventions and depressions

  • Why an athletes calorie consumption should match their performance output

  • Alcohol and it's effect on athletic performance

    • Dehydration

    • Lowers production of growth hormone

      • Avoid the buzz

    • Makes you clumsy because nervous system isn’t on point

    • Takes a few days to recover

    • In regard to injury recovery, it leaves you more prone to depression

  • Nutrition for endurance vs. power athletes

  • Are creatine and other supplements safe for athletes to take?

  • The benefits of eating organic

    • Tips for eating organic on a budgets

      • Switch everything that comes from a cow to organic

  • Environmental Working Group

  • Gluten conversation

    • Still a lot unknown

    • Avoid if eating it leads to GI distress and bloating

    • False healthy halo, replacement products aren’t always better for you

  • Most performance issues come from dehydration

    • Effects your ability to focus, regulate body temperature and perform agile/plyometric movements

    • Why Gatorade might not be the answer due to its high sugar content

    • Better options for electrolyte replacement:





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