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August 22, 2011

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Nutrition Education provided by www.nancyclarkrd.com

Where did those ladies get their energy?

By Nancy Clark, MS RD CSSD

If you watched the U.S. Women's National Team games this summer at the FIFA Women's World Cup, you couldn't have helped but see nutrition in action and marvel at the strength, power, and stamina of the talented women. They played for 90 minutes, followed by another 30 minutes of overtime. Talk about the importance of sports nutrition in supporting that effort!

There's no question that soccer (like most team sports) is a "nutrition sport." That is, soccer players need to eat well to get the most from their game time efforts. They have to-

--show up at practices and games well hydrated and well fueled,
--have carbs and fluids readily available during halftime to boost their dwindling stores,
--and be prepared to play an additional half-hour if the game is tied.

You can't do all that on a hit-or-miss sports diet.

I happen to know these ladies fuel their bodies well because many of them shared their nutrition tips for success in Food Guide for Soccer: Tips and Recipes From the Pros by myself and Gloria Averbuch. You can even find yummy date bars that Abby Wambach enjoys. And could you have guessed that one of Homare Sawa's favorite foods is sushi? The helpful food tips from the nations' top soccer players make the Food Guide for Soccer a book that not just interesting to read but is also helpful on the field, after the game, and when eating on the road.

Eat wisely and fee great!
Nancy Clark and Gloria Averbuch

For more information, check out Food Guide for Soccer: Tips and Recipes From the Pros by Gloria Averbuch and Nancy Clark RD
(Available at www.nancyclarkrd.com)

About the Author
Nancy Clark, MS RD CSSD is an internationally known sports nutritionist and nutrition author. She is a registered dietitian (RD) who specializes in nutrition for exercise, health and the nutritional management of eating disorders. She is board certified as a specialist in sports dietetics (CSSD). Check out her website at www.nancyclarkrd.com.