Fueling Football Players: Easy or Hard?

Fueling a busy and very active football player can be a big challenge. Lisa is up for the challenge. Known globally as The Running Nutritionist ® Lisa is a Licensed & Board Certified Sports Dietitian/Nutritionist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified USA T&F & USA Triathlon Coach, former professional triathlete & the 2008 US Olympic/Paralympic Sailing Teams Nutritionist. Lisa is personal nutritionist to hundreds of youth, teen, collegiate & professional athletes in the NFL, MLB, USTA, US Boxing & more than 20 individual & team sports.

Since 1983 Lisa has nutritionally coached & educated thousands of student athletes, coaches & parents on healthy strategies for achieving optimal health in the classroom, in sport & in life. As former Director of the University of Miami Graduate Program in Nutrition for Health & Human Performance/Professor -Department of Kinesiology & Sports Sciences & Hurricanes Athletic Teams Sports Nutritionist (2003-2013); Culinary Nutrition instructor at Johnson & Wales University and Miami Culinary Institute @ Miami Dade College, Lisa’s dedication, passion & enthusiasm regarding food as fuel for Health, sport & life is evident by the respect & appreciation of coaches, athletes, students and parents worldwide

Lisa is a competitive runner and triathlete who has competed in more than 34 marathons (PR 2:52:32), IronmanUSA Lake Placid, dozens of half marathons and 1/2 ironmans, and hundreds of running and multisport races. In 2004, she competed for the United States on Team USA at the World Long Distance Duathlon Championships. Lisa resides in Miami, Florida with her husband and 3 children.

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In this podcast you will learn:

  1. When Lisa discovered a love for football?
  2. The challenges she sees regarding football players meeting their nutrition needs?
  3. Nutrition principles football players should consider that could elevate performance.
  4. Nutrition principles she recommends to players trying to pack on weight and muscle.
  5. Whether specific positions require more calories than others (i.e. OL vs a Linebacker)?
  6. The Pre-Game Meal and types of pre-game meals that are best?
  7. Her recommendations to help athlete’s hydrate with the right type of drink?
  8. Which is best to hydrate? (Water, Sports drinks, or both?)?
  9. Sports Supplements for Football and Supplement Safety Practices?
  10. Her new great eBook on Performance Nutrition for Football Players: Gain the Advantage and why she wanted to create it?
  11. Topics discussed in the Ebook?
  12. Where you can purchase Lisa’s eBook?

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  • Hanna

    What a great interview! Lisa is so relatable and makes excellent recommendations. The focus on muscle repair and recovery, as it relates to nutrition, is a huge barrier for athletes today and this podcast, in addition to the ebook to be released soon addresses so many of my questions!

    • Hanna

      I also love how she focuses on whole foods and how incorporating these foods are essential to our optimal functioning. Great tips…especially the baby food idea!

  • Hanna

    What a great interview! Lisa is so relatable and makes excellent recommendations. The focus on muscle repair and recovery, as it relates to nutrition, is a huge barrier for athletes today and this podcast, in addition to the ebook to be released soon addresses so many of my questions!

    • Hanna

      I also love how she focuses on whole foods and how incorporating these foods are essential to our optimal functioning. Great tips…especially the baby food idea!

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  • Katie Kissane, MS RD

    I enjoyed this podcast. It gave me some great ideas to incorporate when working with athletes, especially those at the high school and collegiate level. This is great information and reinforces the importance of focusing on whole foods first and incorporating plenty of colorful foods into the diet.

    • Hanna

      I think we tend to forget how important WHOLE foods are, rather than supplements and powders. Lisa provided great reminders of this! And I agree with you Katie, what awesome take-aways to apply to athletes of all ages!

      • Dylan A. Bailey

        Hanna and Katie, I agree WHOLE heartedly with you both regarding the whole foods topic. Many athletes succumb to quick fix pills or mystery powders with hopes to gain the competitive edge over opponents. Yet, athletes who simply re-evaluate their current dietary intakes (making sure enough food/fluid is being consumed) and identify poor nutritional practices (like skipping breakfast), can significantly boost their performance with whole foods while saving tons of $$$$ which would be spent on supplementation!

        • Nick Yonko, RD, CSCS

          I just got done watching a documentary on football players and after listening to this podcast and seeing these comments (throwing a curveball out there) I am curious if there are any RDs out there that work with low socioeconomic football players where it is hard for them to eat whole foods on a daily basis, let alone supplements. For a portion of athletes the only chance at a full meal with whole foods is school lunches throughout the day.
          side note***I fully agree and support the notion of whole foods, just curious what strategies anyone might take when faced with a less than ideal situation.

          • Alain Luu

            I agree with you. That’s where an RD comes into play. Athletes need to know there are alternatives to the popular high end grocery that may not be affordable. Though it may be a lot cheaper and not as “good” as the popular brands(in terms of being fortified/enriched with vitamins and minerals, whole grain vs white,etc), fueling your body is better than starving your body. All foods count when you are in a low social economic situation.

            This podcast is very informative about nutrition of overall nutrition, specifically for football players. Every football player should give this a listen to help them improve their athletic performance.

  • Katie Kissane, MS RD

    I enjoyed this podcast. It gave me some great ideas to incorporate when working with athletes, especially those at the high school and collegiate level. This is great information and reinforces the importance of focusing on whole foods first and incorporating plenty of colorful foods into the diet.

    • Hanna

      I think we tend to forget how important WHOLE foods are, rather than supplements and powders. Lisa provided great reminders of this! And I agree with you Katie, what awesome take-aways to apply to athletes of all ages!

      • Dylan A. Bailey

        Hanna and Katie, I agree WHOLE heartedly with you both regarding the whole foods topic. Many athletes succumb to quick fix pills or mystery powders with hopes to gain the competitive edge over opponents. Yet, athletes who simply re-evaluate their current dietary intakes (making sure enough food/fluid is being consumed) and identify poor nutritional practices (like skipping breakfast), can significantly boost their performance with whole foods while saving tons of $$$$ which would be spent on supplementation!

        • Nick Yonko, RD, CSCS

          I just got done watching a documentary on football players and after listening to this podcast and seeing these comments (throwing a curveball out there) I am curious if there are any RDs out there that work with low socioeconomic football players where it is hard for them to eat whole foods on a daily basis, let alone supplements. For a portion of athletes the only chance at a full meal with whole foods is school lunches throughout the day.
          side note***I fully agree and support the notion of whole foods, just curious what strategies anyone might take when faced with a less than ideal situation.

          • Alain Luu

            I agree with you. That’s where an RD comes into play. Athletes need to know there are alternatives to the popular high end grocery that may not be affordable. Though it may be a lot cheaper and not as “good” as the popular brands(in terms of being fortified/enriched with vitamins and minerals, whole grain vs white,etc), fueling your body is better than starving your body. All foods count when you are in a low social economic situation.

            This podcast is very informative about nutrition of overall nutrition, specifically for football players. Every football player should give this a listen to help them improve their athletic performance.

  • Laura Maydak

    Great podcast! Lisa really addresses important topics – for new and seasoned players. From my experience, football players’ nutrition gets less focus than some other sports since they’re “supposed to be big” as I’ve heard players say in the past. The truth is that body composition really matters (bigger isn’t always better!), and what players eat has a huge impact on how they perform. Lisa clearly understands the barriers for these athletes and provides great recommendations. The focus on consistency, getting enough calories from the RIGHT food groups, high quality protein sources, & high quality fats really needs to be driven home. Football is a year-round sport, and it takes a lot of mental and physical dedication. I love the focus on keeping foods real and simple, and eating your colors. Taking Lisa’s advice will get players ready for a winning season.

  • Laura Maydak

    Great podcast! Lisa really addresses important topics – for new and seasoned players. From my experience, football players’ nutrition gets less focus than some other sports since they’re “supposed to be big” as I’ve heard players say in the past. The truth is that body composition really matters (bigger isn’t always better!), and what players eat has a huge impact on how they perform. Lisa clearly understands the barriers for these athletes and provides great recommendations. The focus on consistency, getting enough calories from the RIGHT food groups, high quality protein sources, & high quality fats really needs to be driven home. Football is a year-round sport, and it takes a lot of mental and physical dedication. I love the focus on keeping foods real and simple, and eating your colors. Taking Lisa’s advice will get players ready for a winning season.

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  • Hit on the difficult point from the beginning: getting enough calories from the right food groups at the right time of day. Eating only twice a day and taking in all those calories? Gut overload for sure. I agree with Hana below, Lisa comes off as incredibly relatable and such a great resource for anyone in the field, player or professional. Would like to hear the concept of “break down compounds” more widely accepted and discussed between athletes. Great podcast!

  • Hit on the difficult point from the beginning: getting enough calories from the right food groups at the right time of day. Eating only twice a day and taking in all those calories? Gut overload for sure. I agree with Hana below, Lisa comes off as incredibly relatable and such a great resource for anyone in the field, player or professional. Would like to hear the concept of “break down compounds” more widely accepted and discussed between athletes. Great podcast!