Do gymnasts need to “eat clean” for optimal performance and health? In short? No. But stay with me, as there is a LOT of nuance here.

Often, “clean eating” often will lead to food issues, can cause underfueling, and overall cause a gymnast to struggle. There is an important psychological aspect to our eating that often gets ignored with advice like “just eat clean”. And, only focusing on clean eating gives parents and gymnasts a false sense of security so they don’t even realize it’s actually the problem, until it’s too late.

Food is more than just fuel and gymnasts are more than just well oiled machines.

In this episode, you’ll learn: 

  • Some of the common mistakes around food
  • Why intention and context matter when it comes to food choices
  • What “gentle nutrition” is and why it’s so important for gymnasts

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