An Olympic Weekend

If your weekend was anything like mine, you were tuned into the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, watching the world’s top athletes compete at an unfathomable level while also wondering what the heck is going on with Bob Costas’ eye. Watching from my couch on Sunday, I considered the physical preparation our athletes endure for a chance at the Olympic podium. Every sport – no matter how different – requires a lifetime of practice and a serious commitment to physical wellness through exercise and nutrition.

Nutrition as it applies to the health of our Olympians has been in the news lately

Following the team’s consecutive losses to Canada at the last three Winter Games, the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team sought a new strategy for elevating their performance through a well-balanced meal plan. In this New York Times article outlining the team’s approach to food, staff sports dietician, Alicia Kendig, talks about the impact nutrition can have on strength and conditioning. The team is set to face rival Canada again this morning in an early-round match with big implications.

Alpine skier Allen Tran also recognizes the link between healthy eating and a podium-worthy performance, and answers questions about his role as high performance chef for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard teams in this Sports Illustrated article. As an Olympic athlete and registered dietitian, Tran knows a thing or two about sports nutrition – knowledge he has used to elevate his own abilities throughout his career. His favorite go-to snack for his teammates? Almonds.

What foods do you eat for a high-performance life?