How Gymnasts Can Build a Healthy Relationship with Food – Episode 6


The Recap

Nicole Jontony was a former elite collegiate gymnast at Ohio State, has helped her team make it to the NCAA championships during her senior year, and is currently a sports dietitian at The Ohio State University. Recently, Nicole was selected as the 2018 Young Dietitian of the Year by the Ohio Academy of Nutrition Dietetics. She graduated from Ohio State in 2013 with a degree in Medical Dietetics and has dedicated herself to helping athletes develop healthier eating habits and learn more about sports nutrition ever since. Alongside her husband, Nicole runs a sports performance practice that specializes in sports counseling and sports nutrition.

In this episode, Nicole emphasizes that there’s no such thing as a good food or a bad food, rather, people should be looking at food as fuel. She works to de-stigmatize food in order to help develop healthy habits for athletes. She mentions gymnasts should be having protein as a filling food to prevent binging or cravings and how increasing fruits and vegetables in your diet to get more vitamins and minerals can help you heal from an injury. Nicole lists several healthy eating tips such as fueling your energy using carbohydrates, using your hands to give yourself the right portion sizes, and enjoying food that makes you feel full!

Episode Highlights

  • 03:20 – Sam’s favorite memory of Nicole
  • 04:35 – Nicole’s first memory of Sam
  • 06:23 – Why did Nicole want to get into nutrition
  • 10:06 – Nicole on getting the call to talk to Ohio State
  • 12:38 – Did Nicole always know she wanted to be a dietitian in college
  • 14:48 – Some advice to talk about the topic of nutrition
  • 16:11 – College gymnastics compared to high school gymnastics
  • 19:27 – Athletes should go to sports psychologists and dietitians for the best outcome
  • 20:07 – Some healthy habits to build before college and de-stigmatizing food
  • 23:14 – Bringing in a nutrition professional to prevent eating disorders
  • 25:36 – Focusing on balancing your plate as a gymnast
  • 27:03 – Using preparation to live a healthy lifestyle
  • 28:31 – Dealing with injuries while maintaining a healthy diet
  • 31:01 – Getting accustomed to foods you don’t like
  • 32:40 – Listening to food cues and knowing your body
  • 34:32 – Good portion sizing tips using your own hands
  • 36:02 – Examples of healthy snacks for on-the-go
  • 38:01 – Some healthy granola bar options
  • 40:40 – Who should a coach speak to about nutrition
  • 42:44 – Sam’s “desert island” analogy
  • 46:12 – Whose job is it to discuss nutrition—the parent or the coach
  • 50:03 – Buy healthy foods to avoid junk food cravings
  • 51:53 – Keeping a healthy relationship with food
  • 52:27 – Something Nicole wishes her younger self would’ve known about food
  • 54:03 – Loving your body by having the foods that nourish it
  • 55:33 – Making nourishment your routine
  • 57:32 – Red flags to look for about eating disorders
  • 59:25 – What triggered Nicole’s self-conscious eating
  • 1:02:13 – A healthy way to open up a discussion about eating
  • 1:04:35 – Something listeners can do to get one percent better each day

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