They say athletes suffer two deaths—the one at the end of their lives, and the one at the end of their collegiate or professional sports lives. For an athlete to go from an athletic career to retirement can be a difficult transition.
Luckily, Lauren Link, RD, CSSD, has already dealt with this life change and with The Healthy Post-College Athlete, any former athlete can learn how to go from the discipline of weightlifting sessions and conditioning for a game or race, to maintaining a healthy lifestyle without those familiar goals.
The book is targeted at those who are juggling a switch away from the intense, competitive, and routine-oriented life of an athlete, and shows how to apply the lessons learned from that time to life as a normal human. Also included in the book are excerpts from Link’s own blog that she started to document her transition from her collegiate athletic lifestyle, along with lists and case studies to help contextualize the challenge in leaving the focus and discipline of an athletic life.
Link covers such ground as:
• Modifying your diet based on “normal human” calorie expenditure, with meal planning and grocery shopping
• Designing a routine and workout to stay fit and healthy
• Easy-to-prepare recipes that will help facilitate a healthy lifestyle
• Forming an identity outside of your sport Whether you’re a professional athlete or just a person trying to be healthier, this book will show you a path to living a better and healthier life. With a humorous and self-effacing tone, Link will show you how to transition in The Healthy Post-College Athlete.
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About the Author
Lauren Link, RD, CSSD is a registered dietitian and Board-certified specialist in sports dietetics. She is the director of sports nutrition at Purdue University, where she played women’s soccer and was part of the 2007 Big Ten Tournament championship team. With a dual degree in dietetics and nutrition, fitness and health, Lauren began her professional career as a clinical dietitian with St. Vincent's Hospital before returning to her alma mater to work as a sports dietitian. She is the founder of a student-athlete community garden and spearheads a program called BLAST—Boiler Life After Sport—designed to help address key components of athletes' transition to “normal human” status.
Table of Contents
Introduction: What it means to be a "Normal Human" ix
1 Bumin' Those Cals: 10 realities of your new lifestyle and how to make sure you're burning enough calories to meet your new Normal Human goals 1
2 Muscle Loss: How to set and meet realistic body composition goals for your new lifestyle 15
3 Oh, Thanksgiving …: Everything you need to know about your food intake and how to calculate how many calories YOU need 25
4 What To Eat: Where your calories should be coming from and why you don't have to give up all of your guilty pleasures 31
5 What's on Your Plate?: How to balance food portions on your plate based on your activity level 41
6 When To Eat: Why meal timing can make a huge difference in meeting your goals 49
7 Hydration: What you should and should not be drinking 53
8 Smart Grocery Shopping: Tips for getting the most nutritional value for your dollar and understanding nutrition labels so you can avoid sneaky manufacturer tricks 61
9 Packing A Lunch: How DIY can save loads you of money-and ensure that you're in control of what ingredients you're eating 71
10 Get Cooking: Ditto-plus knowing how to cook will make you an even better catch 77
11 Redefining Yourself: How to wrap your head around the mental aspect of the transition to Normal Human 85
12 Going It Alone: Life without your teammates may feel lonely at first, but there are plenty of ways to expand your new social circles 89
Appendix A Recipes for Beginners: With plenty of extra space to take notes! 99
Appendix B Tips for Healthy Weight Gain 119
Appendix C Tips for Healthy Weight Loss 123
Appendix D Outtakes: Just for giggles 127
Appendix E Workout Plans: Your contract with yourself to commit to your plan! 131
About the Author 139