Gage Zerboni- Men's Soccer
Gage was nominated as the male athlete of the month because of his enthusiasm towards fueling for his sport. He has worked very hard at ensuring that he supplements his high energy demands with foods and drinks that will increase his performance and better his health. Here is what Gage had to say:
1.) What is the impact of nutrition on your performance?
Focusing on nutrition has enabled me to lose the unnecessary weight on my body. Now, I feel lighter on my feet, more energetic in practice, and healthier throughout the day.
2.) What is your favorite recovery food/drink?
My favorite recovery food/drink is chocolate milk.
3.) What is the biggest difference that you have seen in your performance when you have made changes to your diet?
The biggest difference my diet has changed in my performance is the amount of energy I have while playing. With a healthy diet, it takes a lot more for me to get tired than it used to.
Kelsey Smith - Cross Country and Track
Ever since I met Kelsey, she has been so enthusiastic about sports nutrition and how eating right can make her a better runner. Here is what Kelsey had to share about how sports nutrition has impacted her running career:
1) What is the impact of nutrition on your performance?
Nutrition is very important when it comes to performance. How well I do in a workout or a race can be traced back to what I ate that morning, the night before, even as far back as the week leading up to that day. Making sure that I am doing everything I can to get the most energy and nutrition out of what I eat is very important to me and I believe that it plays a huge role in all of my performances.
2) What is your favorite recovery food/drink?
My favorite recovery drink is chocolate milk or chocolate coconut water. My favorite recovery food is a fried egg white on a corn tortilla or a fruit smoothie.
3) What is the biggest difference that you have seen in your performance when you have made changes to your diet?
The biggest difference that I have seen in my performance was when I made the switch to a gluten-free diet. I have Celiac Sprue disease, so making to change was a necessary step in getting the right amount of nutrition in my diet. Though it is sometimes difficult to figure out things to eat, overall I feel energized and strong being on a gluten-free diet. I just need to make sure I eat enough fruits and veggies!
Keep it up, Kelsey and Gage!
Ema Thake, MS, RD