Is Intuitive Eating an effective nutrition tool for athletes?
contributed by Morgan Ireland
Fuel. Grueling practices and hard training can mute hunger cues for athletes. We know that under-fueled athletes can experience impaired performance, loss of strength and muscle size, poor concentration, and are more prone to injuries. In a world of exercise, structured meal plans and competition, is Intuitive Eating right for you?
Yes. Intuitive Eating is an entirely individualized nutrition approach focused on mind-body health developed in 1995 by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, and Elyse Resch, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S. It is an evidence-based concept focused on removing obstacles that prevent body awareness. It will help you to focus on adapting your body and listening to your own hunger cues to decide when, what, and how much to eat. Here at Rasa Nutrition, we believe that healthy fuel can give you the opportunity to complete and accomplish.
What about my rigorous schedule? Intuitive Eating can easily fit into your training schedule as it is an individualized means to learn what is the best fuel for you. You will learn how to find the best fuel that leads to optimal performance and counter diet culture by making peace with food. According to sports dietitian and nutrition therapist, Victoria Lambert, MS, RD “Listening and tuning in to the language of our own bodies is what allows athletes to avoid over-training, injury, and disordered eating,” all things she commonly sees in her clients.
Pre-emptive eating is a tool we use to help you find what makes you feel good using foods that you enjoy. So come learn how different foods affect your body and find what works for you so that you can fuel your body and set yourself up for recovery. Intuitive Eating is about individual needs and can teach athletes to care and honor their bodies by giving them permission to eat in a way that feels good and works for them. Optimal fueling comes from listening to your internal hunger cues and your bodies time clock. It’s self-care!
“When your body is leading the way, it's much easier to drown out the noise and nonsense so rich in the world of human performance and run your own race.” - Victoria Lambert, MS, RD