When you work or study in the field of nutrition, there are many times that you just have to keep your mouth shut. I like to call it the “hairy eyeball,” and it is the look I get from anyone who knows me well, when another individual makes a choice or statement regarding diet or exercise that I vehemently disagree with. But food is personal, and in order to help people, the biggest part of my job is to listen.
And then tell you why you are wrong.
In as nice a way as possible.
It doesn’t always go so well – due to the exhaustive amount of information available online, many people think they are nutrition experts. It doesn’t matter that I spend hours studying the TCA-cycle, fat metabolism, or even how a nutrition bill is turned into a law. Ever since Jillian Michaels and Bethenny Frankel became experts, my neighbor’s cousin’s grandmother did too. And she has a thing or two to teach me about nutrition.
I am open to hear any and every opinion out there. As scientists, we are the first to admit that you can never be 100% sure. I spent countless hours learning about confidence intervals and statistical p-values, all created to provide us “experts” with a safety net in case we are wrong.
But sometimes we do know what we’re talking about. And when that happens, we like to get that information out there. I have the pleasure of working with Debra Wein, MS, RD, LDN, CSSD, NSCA-CPT, *D (whew!) of Sensible Nutrition and Wellness Workdays, and we just published our 2nd piece with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). (** Please note, the MS, RD following my name is a typo. Or else I wouldn’t still be going to classes).
We wrote this article to help both athletes and non-athletes understand the science of what happens to food when you exercise. There are a million theories – from carbo-loading to skipping a pre-workout meal – that will potentially make you perform at a higher level, but the truth is it isn’t that easy. Take a read and see how some of our tips can apply to your workout regimen.
Because really, I’m just here to help. And to learn a thing or two.
- The Aspiring RD
For more information on refueling after workouts, check out these great posts from Rachele, M.Ed and a kick-ass Recyclista who is working on her PhD at Tufts in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology! This girl knows a thing or two…