Fueling an NBA All-Star

Fueling an NBA All-star can be a big challenge. Meg is up for the challenge. Meg Mangano is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Board Certified as a Specialist in Sports Dietetics and a Certified LEAP Therapist. She is the team nutritionist for the LA Clippers of the NBA, serves on the advisory board to All-Pro Science and runs her company/private practice, REJOOV, LLC. Over 10 years of experience in counseling and educating has helped build a clientele list that includes professional athletes (NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, MLS, EPL, AVP & Olympic Athletes), models, actors, performers, musicians, and people of all ages and backgrounds working toward the achievement of their health and fitness goals. Meg is dedicated to helping clients reach, sustain, and go beyond their goals through individualized plans and continuous support.

Blake Griffin in the star power forward for the Los Angeles Clippers and was the 1st overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. Blake is a 4x NBA All-Time, 2x All NBA Second Team, and was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2011. He also won the slam dunk competition in 2011. Blake was also voted as a starter for the Western Conference for the upcoming NBA All-star game to be played in my hometown in New Orleans and his Clippers currently sit atop the Pacific Division in the Western conference at 42-20.

In this podcast you will learn:

Meg’s Interview

  1. What made Meg want to work in the field of Sports Nutrition?
  2. What are 2-3 common mistakes the athletes she sees make with their diet?
  3. What are some things she looks for when conducting an athlete’s nutrition assessment that can make an immediate impact on performance, health, or recovery?
  4. Is there anything different about the life of an NBA player that makes it challenging for them to get the calories they need to perform well?
  5. Are food sensitivities something she is evaluating more often with her athletes?
  6. Has she noticed when athletes eliminate high trigger foods, do they make a difference in their performance, health, and/or recovery?
  7. Are there any specific supplements she recommends for NBA players and if so, what’s the specific purpose of those supplements?
  8. If there is one piece of advice regarding nutrition she would give to a young athlete, what would it be?

Blake’s Interview

  1. At what point in Blake’s career did be start to realize nutrition is an important piece of the puzzle to help elevate your performance?
  2. How was Blake’s diet different from his college playing days to now being in the NBA?
  3. What are some of the challenges he faces with his diet during the season, especially if he goes on a long road trip?
  4. What has Meg taught him that has made a big difference in the way he looks at nutrition or take care of his body?
  5. Does he feel nutrition gives him an advantage over guys he’s competing against that may not take their nutrition seriously?
  6. What’s his favorite Pre-Game meal?
  7. If there is one piece of advice regarding nutrition he could give to a young athlete, what would it be?

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  • Great podcast! LEAP therapy/food sensitivity testing leading to more quality sleep, in turn better recovery and performance, is an incredible tool for RD’s to personalize nutrition plans. I will definitely be looking into it further after hearing this. Is this a certification that could be done online? Meg sounds like such a leader in the field. It’s awesome that Blake has a health and nutrition background from college.

  • Great podcast! LEAP therapy/food sensitivity testing leading to more quality sleep, in turn better recovery and performance, is an incredible tool for RD’s to personalize nutrition plans. I will definitely be looking into it further after hearing this. Is this a certification that could be done online? Meg sounds like such a leader in the field. It’s awesome that Blake has a health and nutrition background from college.

  • Nick Yonko, RD, CSCS

    Right on Ryan, glad you hit on the quality aspect of sleep.
    So many people think they are getting quality sleep until they realize just how
    low their quality of sleep truly is.

    Meg is a leader in the industry and goes to prove the field
    is headed in the right direction. Having Blake, an elite NBA game changer,
    speak about the importance of nutrition is a GIANT step for validating the
    impact nutrition plays in an athletes life. I also have not heard of LEAP, I
    will take some time to look into that as well.

  • Nick Yonko, RD, CSCS

    Right on Ryan, glad you hit on the quality aspect of sleep.
    So many people think they are getting quality sleep until they realize just how
    low their quality of sleep truly is.

    Meg is a leader in the industry and goes to prove the field
    is headed in the right direction. Having Blake, an elite NBA game changer,
    speak about the importance of nutrition is a GIANT step for validating the
    impact nutrition plays in an athletes life. I also have not heard of LEAP, I
    will take some time to look into that as well.

  • Laura Maydak

    Great podcast! Meg is a leader in the field, and she is truly dedicated to helping her players perform – and feel – their best. The podcast provides great insight into the unique world of NBA nutrition. While the demands, and level of play, are exceptionally high for these men, much of the information provided is truly applicable for all athletes. Prior to this podcast, I had not heard of a Certified LEAP Therapist. With that being said, Meg’s insight regarding food sensitivities – and properly dealing with them – has definitely grabbed my attention. This is something that I will be looking into in the near future. Also, it’s exciting to hear such a prominent NBA player talking about the power of nutrition. Sports nutrition is such an important field, and podcasts such as this help to prove that point!

  • Laura Maydak

    Great podcast! Meg is a leader in the field, and she is truly dedicated to helping her players perform – and feel – their best. The podcast provides great insight into the unique world of NBA nutrition. While the demands, and level of play, are exceptionally high for these men, much of the information provided is truly applicable for all athletes. Prior to this podcast, I had not heard of a Certified LEAP Therapist. With that being said, Meg’s insight regarding food sensitivities – and properly dealing with them – has definitely grabbed my attention. This is something that I will be looking into in the near future. Also, it’s exciting to hear such a prominent NBA player talking about the power of nutrition. Sports nutrition is such an important field, and podcasts such as this help to prove that point!