At the age of 18, as a freshman in college, division 1 athlete and former national team member, I was told I had osteopenia in my spine and wrists after getting a DEXA scan done…no joke…um what?! That shook me (honestly probably should’ve been diagnosed with the Female Athlete Triad/Relative Energy Deficiency in Sports but ♀️).
You know what shook me even more? The 2400 calorie meal plan the sports dietitian just told me I should follow in order to maximize my nutrition and health as an athlete I about laughed and cried in her face at the same time.
2400 calories was she insane? I was eating less than half of that ♀️ This number freaked me out more than the results of my DEXA scan. Proof of how far into my disordered eating beliefs I really was.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but she was genuinely working hard to try and help me prevent a long list of complications and health struggles that can be the result of under-fueling
Difficulty concentrating and mood swings
Hormonal imbalances, potential fertility issues
Impaired sleep quality
Reduce bone mineral density. This could eventually lead to osteopenia with the advancement of osteoporosis.
Slowed metabolism. Does it feel like it’s really really hard to lose weight? Chances are, your metabolism has slowed as a protective mechanism for survival!
Skin struggles and thinning hair. If you don’t fuel your body well, you won’t have enough energy for growth!
Digestion problems. Under-fueling and GI issues are often related. Our body thrives off of being fueled! But struggles when we under-fuel it.
Having food freedom isn’t just about eating what you want when you want. It’s about being confident that you’re fueling yourself in a way that is healthful and nourishing to your body & mind for long term health ✨ Because these consequences of under-fueling are no joke!
Nutrition goes way beyond how you look on the outside and so greatly impacts your health on the inside And I believe, despite past nutrition struggles or worries, every former athlete deserves to confidently know they are fueling themselves in a way that supports long term health!
We’ve got a lot of things to accomplish fellow former athletes! And we need to be fueled and satisfied in order to do them ❤️
Grab my Hunger Hacks & Full Your Fullness in Life After Sport Guide HERE!