Episode 20: Sports Nutritionist Heidi Skolnik manipulates diet for better performance
This is a SPECIAL episode. Not only is it Episode 20! But my guest is superstar Sports Nutritionist Heidi Skolnik, who I worked with during my NYC racing days. I remember her with great fondness and admiration. It felt like visiting a secret weapon as I rode over the George Washington Bridge to get to her New Jersey office.
In this episode we talk about fuel vs nutrition, manipulating diet to perform better, carbohydrates, and her work with artistic athletes (dancers). She works at The Women’s Sports Medicine Center at Hospital for Special Surgery and has a private practice, Nutrition Conditioning for Life Performance.
Heidi’s practice is based on the science of nutrition and she’s a straight shooter, which you will hear in the episode. I just finished her book Nutrient Timing for Peak Performance which is excellent and I recommend to anyone (athlete or not) interested in nutrition. She’s authored and co-authored 2 other books, Grill Yourself Skinny and The Reverse Diet: Lose Weight by Eating Dinner for Breakfast and Breakfast for Dinner. Buy them using the links here & below to support Hear Her Sports through the Amazon Affiliate program.
Heidi still works with private clients through her company Nutrition Conditioning for Life Performance in addition to overseeing the Sports Nutrition program at The Julliard School and The School of American Ballet. In the past she’s worked with the NY Knicks, NY Giants, and NY Mets along with NHL, MLS, WNBA, Olympic competitors, professional cyclists, marathoners, and collegiate athletes. She also works at The Women’s Sports Medicine Center at Hospital for Special Surgery. And she writes for magazines, appears on TV, writes books, consults to corporations and the food industry, and presents to corporations, professional organizations, universities, and colleges. As I said – superstar.
The Women’s Sports Medicine Center at Hospital for Special Surgery
Heidi Skolnik's private practice, Nutrition Conditioning for Life Performance
The Julliard School
School of American Ballet
New York City Ballet
Female Athlete Triad
Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook
The High-Fat Diet for Endurance Athletes, in Three Graphs, by Alex Hutchinson in Runner's World
Grill Yourself Skinny, by Heidi Skolnik
Nutrient Timing for Peak Performance, by Heidi Skonik & Andrea Chernus
The Reverse Diet: Lose Weight by Eating Dinner for Breakfast and Breakfast for Dinner, by Tricia Cunnigham & Heidi Skolnik
Heidi doesn't recommend a particular calorie counting app but sent me this article to help you chose one: The Best Calorie Counter Apps of 2016.
If listening to Heidi inspires you to work with a sports nutritionist, she offered these two sites as resources: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Find a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition Find a SCAN RD