If you’re a relative beginner in your chosen sport, you may not have thought about the impact nutrition can have. From reducing muscle ache and general fatigue, to helping you to recover quicker after exercise, good nutrition has a big role in supporting your training and overall health.
If you hold down a regular job during the week, the weekend may be your time to get out and enjoy the elements in your chosen sport. It may be that you are a runner, cycler, swimmer or aspiring triathlete – either way, good nutrition is important not just on the weekends when you’re exercising, but also during the week.
Training for Competition
Whether you are new into competing, or have been competing for some time, it’s always worth reviewing your diet to see where you can make improvements. You’re likely to be doing a mixture of regular training and competition (which may be seasonal), and you probably hold down a job too, so may feel like you’re stretched fairly thin. Getting your nutrition right both in your training schedule and on competition days can have a big impact of your performance.
WHAT IS SPORTS NUTRITION?
Sports nutrition is a relatively new and emerging speciality in the nutrition world. It’s a fast-paced and exciting world of new theories being developed, and new evidence coming to light as a result of new research.
Whilst many people go it alone without the support of a health professional, you will probably at some point find yourself googling something to do with sports nutrition! With so many websites, nutritionists and personal trainers claiming to be qualified to advise in this area, it can be confusing where to find good, solid advice. As a minimum, you should seek someone with a degree in a nutrition-related subject, and as a gold standard, ensure your chosen professional is registered on the Sports and Exercise Nutrition register (SENr).
HOW I CAN HELP YOU?
As a Sports Dietitian registered with the Sports and Exercise Nutrition register (SENr), Annemarie has the right skills and professional training to help you. Annemarie completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Sports Nutrition with Distinction from St Marys University in Twickenham in 2015. In addition to this, she’s been qualified as a Dietitian for over 11 years. She is also specialised in managing IBS, diabetes and weight issues.
Services offered around sports nutrition include:
- 1-2-1 Consultations – do you want to lean up? Improve your performance at competitions? Improve your energy levels? Whatever your individual goals, a sports nutrition consultation can help give you the advice and tools you need to meet your goals. During the one-hour consultation, advice would be tailored to your needs, and relevant information provided to support you on your journey
- Menu plans – if you’re the sort of person who likes a plan to stick to, I can help by producing bespoke menu plans. These can be designed for a time period or number of meals to suit you. Simple recipes can be provided as part of this. I can even design recipes for 15 minute meal with less than five ingredients if this is important for you!
- Dietary analysis – I can analyse your diet, and provide a complete breakdown of your nutrient intake (macronutrients like protein and fat, in addition to all the vitamins and minerals). I then compare these with your nutrients requirements (which will take into account factors such as your sport, training duration and training intensity), and provide a PDF report so you can visual where improvements need to be made. This can be a stand-alone service or added to a 1-2-1 consultation for a small fee.
- Group sessions / workshops – these can be delivered in a venue of your choice. Perhaps you would like a hands on session making recovery snacks for your sports team? Or an interactive session about food labelling? I am available to visit a range of different settings, including schools as well as sports teams. I have experience of working with children of all ages, and for your peace of mind, I hold an enhanced DSB certificate, as well as necessary insurances (public liability and professional indemnity)
- Talks / presentations – as an experienced trainer with a PTLLS qualification, talks or presentations can be provided