Can’t Wait for the Summer Olympics!

If you’re like me, you’re looking forward to the summer olympics, which will take place in London this year. In this month’s issue of Today’s Dietitian, there’s a great article about the upcoming olympics from a perspective you probably haven’t read about before. The article, called “Preparing to Win the Gold,” talks about the dietitians who work with the U.S. olympic team to ensure the athletes are well fueled with all the right foods, snacks, and beverages they need to perform at the top of their game. You’d be amazed at what nutrients they need for workouts and competition day. They expend a lot of energy so they need many nutrient-dense calories to keep them healthy, strong, and full of vigor.

If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes or know someone who does, there’s an article about one of the most feared complications of the disease: diabetic retinopathy. The good news is that diabetic retinopathy, which causes vision loss, is completely preventable as long as your blood sugar is controlled and you get annual eye exams. I especially loved developing this story idea, and assigning and editing the article because it gave me a chance to revisit a subject matter I like and am most familiar with: eye health. I spent five years as an editor and writer for professional magazines covering the eye care profession for optometrists and ophthalmologists. So this article was such a treat to educate dietitians about this disease and share what role they can play in preventing blindness in their patients. You can read the article “The ABCs of Diabetic Retinopathy” here.

And did you know that the foods you eat can reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease? Well they can. Read “Reducing the Risk of CVD” and find out what foods you should be buying at the grocery store for optimal health. You’ll enjoy the recipes for the banana-berry smoothie, double-grain bean soup, the walnut cluster snack, and all the others in the magazine.

I hope you enjoy these articles. I’m most proud of this issue because it features such diverse article topics and the photos are really great! Leave me a message below and let me know what you think.

Until then, I’ll see you around on Facebook and Twitter!

   Take Care,
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2 thoughts on “Can’t Wait for the Summer Olympics!

  1. Great article Judy! I have started working out 3 to 4 days a week since the start of April and I would be interested to know what foods to eat before and after a workout to decrease muscle soreness and produce the maximal results. I also can’t seem to get my stomach flat, so I hope that article on the Olympic dietitians can shed some light on how the elite athletes keep slim!

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    • Hi Markette,
      I, too, started working out in February. I can’t seem to get my stomach flat either! At my age, it takes a lot longer to lose weight. But I would say that eating smaller portions, more fruits and vegetables, and doing stomach crunches will help get your stomach flat. The article doesn’t give information on exactly how to exercise like the athletes, although it does discuss their nutrient needs during workouts and competition day. Athletes are in a league all their own. Just keep at it and you’ll eventually see the results. Take care. Hope to speak with you soon!

      Thanks so much for stopping by,
      Judy

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