By Lauren Silvio, Auburn Athletics' director of sports nutrition
Typically, with our menus, we try to have a lean protein and then a higher fat protein option, so there are two different meats or proteins, and then two starches, or carbohydrate sources, and then fruits and vegetables with all of the meals. And then usually at dinner, we have a dessert. Knowing what the guys like, that's kind of a learned thing. You see at the Wellness Kitchen during camp and throughout the season, you're listening to them when they eat, you gather the vegetables they like and don't like, the starch or carb sources that they like or don't like.
The first night, we did a dinner at the hotel that had that Louisiana flair, while still sticking to our different kinds of proteins, different kinds of carbohydrates, the vegetables and fruit. Some of the other dinners, they're eating out for three nights in a row, some of those are going to be more Cajun-geared.
"There's an old saying that 'a little a lot is better than a lot a little.' In other words, you want to start easy and build up, rather than doing too much, too soon.
I would also recommend for a beginner, making sure that medically everything is okay. Seeing a doctor and making sure that you have a clean bill of health before getting into any program. Assuming everything is okay health-wise, just building very slowly from two days a week to three days a week to four days a week. Maybe every second day until your body gets used to it. You're putting a stress on your body that it wouldn't be used to normally, and you've got to give your body time to recover.
I was injured while deployed several years ago as part of Enduring Freedom. Had it not been for the benevolence of members of the Auburn family such as the team doctors, Dr. Jim Andrews, Dr. John & Sonja Richardson, former Auburn linebacker Alex Lincoln and his wife, LeAnn, I would not have received the care necessary to return to the fight. Their work with the Eagle Fund raised the funding for my rehabilitation, and Dr. Andrews volunteered his office's services at a greatly discounted rate.
The Eagle Fund, a partnership between the Andrews Research & Education Foundation and EXOS, supports active duty wounded or injured members of the Special Operations community.
For three hours, about the same duration as their track & field workouts, sprinter Jonielle Smith and hurdler Sashel Brown grilled, rolled and fried like contestants on one of those cooking shows.
The student-athletes, guest chefs at the Wellness Kitchen, prepared dishes from their native Jamaica to serve to their fellow Auburn students.
It happens to all of us. You've had a productive morning, break for lunch and then boom, it hits you. The dreaded mid-afternoon slump. Concentration becomes more difficult and keeping your eyes open becomes a task in itself. Whether you're a student-athlete or not, a busy schedule can lead to daytime drowsiness that no one has time for.
By PK Karkoska, Strength and Conditioning
We hear a lot about keeping kids active as a way to stave off childhood obesity and the increase in childhood disorders like diabetes. As a parent, you may feel the need to encourage your children to take up sports and working out in order to stay active.
I often get asked, at what age can my child start working out in the gym? Parents want their children to be active, which is good. But I always make sure I warn against a new growing trend.
Before getting the younger generation started in the gym I start by asking one question. What is the ultimate goal for your child? Why do you want your child in a formal strength and conditioning program?
By Scott Sehnert, Auburn University Athletics Dietitian
The supplement aisle at the supermarket offers shelves upon shelves of different bottles claiming to "burn fat", "build lean muscle", with the promise to do it faster and better than any other brand.
I've often been asked how I feel about sports supplements. Supplements can be a great addition to a well-balanced nutrition plan and even add an element of convenience.
What I find most the time is that users won't do the proper investigation into whether the supplement is right for them. Here is a quick educational, cliff-notes version to understanding sports supplements.