Sports Illustrated: Is Pickle Juice Good For You? Here’s Why Athletes Drink It By Stanley Kay
Pickle juice is all the rage with athletes, ranging from high school to professional. But does it work? Our CEO + Nutritionist Stacy Goldberg chatted with reporter Stanley Kay at Sports Illustrated about the salty brine . “There’s not a ton of research out there, which doesn’t mean it can’t be effective or doesn’t work,” says Stacy Goldberg, a nutrition consultant who previously worked for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons. “It’s not going to be a replacement for water or Gatorade.”Check out the full article here.
Is pickle juice good for you? Here is why athletes drink it sports illustrated
Powerhouse Health Expert Stacy Goldberg Plays To Win: Extraordinary Health/Garden of Life Magazine
This month, our CEO + Nutrition Expert, Stacy Goldberg, was incredibly honored to be featured in Garden of Life Magazine, Extraordinary Health. Thank you to Garden of Life for sharing Stacy’s Savorfull journey and always supporting her mission, her health and the nutritional needs of her clients. Photo Credit: Dianne Scafone Photography
Powerhouse Health Expert Stacy Goldberg Plays To Win: Extraordinary Health/Garden of Life Magazine
Micromanaging Your Child’s Diet: Helpful or Hurtful? Detroit Jewish News
Check out our CEO + Nutritionist Stacy Goldberg’s column Eat Right Now this month in the Detroit Jewish News to learn more about how you can help..or hinder..your child.
Micromanaging children’s lives has become a widespread issue in the last 15 years. “Helicopter parenting” (HP) describes a hovering, overarching guard over a child well into his adult life. Other terms, such as the “Bubble Wrap Generation,” explain the result of extra precautions and limits put on children by their parents and how a new generation of adults might not be adequately prepared for the obstacles of life.
One study notes this parenting style stems out of the quest to appease parents’ own anxieties.” A further study revealed this anxiety transmits back to the child and counteracts the actual intention of micromanagement: to ensure strong performance in all areas of life.
Micromanaging Your Child’s Diet: Helpful or Hurtful? Check out our CEO + Nutritionist Stacy Goldberg’s column Eat Right Now this month in the Detroit Jewish News to learn more about how you can help..or hinder..your child.
Stacy’s Top 5 Breakfast Tips for Changing Up Your Morning Routine
1 Pump up your oatmeal. Add nuts, seeds, nut butter or even a scoop of protein powder to boost the protein to keep you feeling more full and satisfied. Skip the instant oatmeal and opt for probiotic, high fiber and protein filled oatmeal options.
5. Swap out your “light” or “fat free” yogurt for one that has no artificial sweeteners and opt for a higher fat version. Look for less than 8-10 grams of sugar per serving and add nuts and seeds for crunch and healthy fats. Stacy’s favorite yogurt is Siggi’s Icelandic Yogurt or Fage Greek Yogurt.
USA Today/Associated Press NBA Coaches’ New Play: Tending To Health To Cope With Grind
Except from article featuring Stacy Goldberg, CEO + Founder, Savorfull:
The coaches’ association sends a regular newsletter with guidance from nutrition consultant Stacy Goldberg, who also is always available for 1-on-1 conversations. She attends coach association meetings, too, offering healthy food and snack choices.
“Often, coaches are so focused on taking care of the players that they are not always focused on taking care of themselves,” said Goldberg, founder and CEO of Savorfull. “This is especially true when it comes to their nutrition.”
Added Carlisle: “We view this as important as anything else we do with the NBA coaches association.”
Local 4 News: Nutritionist Stacy Goldberg Nutrition Tips For Vegan Teens
DETROIT – Many teens are trying out a vegan diet, but are they going about it the right way? Even kids in elementary school have said they want to go vegan. If your child wants to explore a plant-based diet, you should ask them why. “So, going vegan because Beyonce is doing it, or somebody else is doing it, is not necessarily the best option. Especially for a teen,” nutritionist Stacy Goldberg said. Goldberg, a CEO of Savorfull, said there’s a right and wrong way to go vegan.
By definition, a vegan diet excludes all forms of animal products and focuses solely on plant-based foods and beverages. Fundamentally, veganism is rooted in avoiding harm and cruel conditions of animals from food to lifestyle choices such as clothing and personal care items. Vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, tofu and tempeh are permitted; animal protein, eggs, dairy, honey and animal fats as primary or additional ingredients to foods are not allowed on a vegan diet. Generally speaking, this differs from a vegetarian diet in that vegetarians often consume eggs, cheese and other dairy products.
Vegan diets have tapped into mainstream culture as many well-known figures such as pro athletes such as tennis-star Venus Williams and celebrities like Beyoncé are now following strict animal-free diets. The penetration into everyday lives reaches to younger generations more than ever before with the connectivity of social media. Regardless of the reason and rationale to follow a vegan diet, understanding crucial tenants of maintaining a well-rounded, calorically stable diet is essential to prevent adverse health effects – especially in young athletes.
Pros and Cons of Vegan Diets
Vegan diets present many health benefits. A “cleaner” diet with increased consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grains can assist in weight maintenance, enhanced digestion, restful sleep, and reduce the risk of heart disease, type II diabetes, high blood pressure and even certain cancers. Plant-based proteins can create a diet complete in all essential amino acids necessary for growth, development and daily function when well planned. Paired plant proteins create a complete protein option, such as combining 100% whole wheat bread with peanut butter. Net protein balance must be achieved to compensate for the muscular breakdown and use during physical activities and the muscle growth from training in the athletic population. If teens do not consume enough protein, the body shifts to burn other body stores which can result in weight loss and preservation of fat free mass. With a proper plant-based diet, ideally there is an increased intake of antioxidants, vitamin C and E, as well fiber-rich carbohydrates. If vegan diets are not structured and well planned out, there is a risk for deficiencies in protein, vitamin B12, vitamin D, iron, zinc, calcium, and iodine. In either case, multivitamin supplementation is necessary. Omega-3 fatty acids found in seafood sources should be compensated for by intake of flaxseed oil or walnuts, or a plant based supplement. Iron based foods and supplements should be taken with or consumed with vitamin C to enhance absorption . For example, add an orange to your meal after eating a bowl of vegan bean chili.
Vegan Diet Traps
When embarking on a vegan diet, there is often a tendency to increase carbohydrates and empty calories. Many people mistakenly swap out protein for carbs and they increase foods such as pastas, breads/bread products, potatoes, rice and other snack foods. Some of these can be healthful choices, but many options that vegans lean on are empty calories, empty carbs and can pack on pounds. Additionally, many new vegans lean on “vegan junk food” such as frozen and packaged vegan foods as their new replacement diet options. They look to vegan sausage, burgers, patties, frozen meals and other prepackaged foods to replace their animal proteins and calories. These foods can have high amounts of sodium, preservatives, added sugars and added fats which can also make it difficult to lose or maintain weight. Lastly, some vegans equate a vegan diet with weight loss or lower calories. This is not always the case. People assume that because vegan options are “healthier” they can eat unlimited portions of grains, veggies (especially starchy vegetables), nuts, seeds and anything else vegan. This can also contribute to weight gain or lack of weight loss.
Plant-Based Protocol For Teen Athletes
As mentioned above, following a vegan diet requires significant planning as well as food and nutrition knowledge in order to prevent nutritional deficiencies and have a well rounded diet. Choosing a variety in food choices across all food groups will create a balance of nutrients and not omit vital sources of vitamins, minerals, micronutrients and macronutrients. Adolescents and teens have increased needs during this crucial growth period. They need to consume proper amounts of all nutrients for optimal growth and development. In general, any restrictive diet can create pitfalls and lead to stunted growth.
Teen athletes that are also vegan or beginning to explore veganism as a dietary lifestyle have even greater concerns. According to the International Society of Sports Nutrition, energy needs for young athletes should be calculated according to type of activity, training characteristics and individual body composition. In other words, there is no one size fits all equation for all teen athletes. For example, a larger football player will have drastically different needs than petite swimmers despite the activities both having high energy demands. A general recommendation for athletes is 1.4-2.0 grams of protein per kilogram a day for athletes. This range should be tailored to the individual to assess specific needs. A vegan athlete should aim for the higher end of the range because plant proteins have less bioavailability than animal based proteins. In regards to level of digestibility and bioavailability, soy protein ranks highest followed by beans and legumes. Many plant-based protein supplements exist on the market today to easily supplement a vegan’s total protein consumption. Pea, rice, and hemp protein powders are vegan friendly protein options on the market. Garden of Life makes an excellent plant-based protein powder that is organic, non-GMO, as well NSF for Sport and Informed Choice certified ensuring it is free-from banned substances.
Vegan diets may be difficult for teens and athletes both because they are predominately comprised of high fiber, low energy-dense raw foods that cause early satiety. This diet is beneficial for populations seeking weight loss but athletes require increased needs to assist in lean body mass retention, muscle building and weight maintenance. Solutions for these features include small, frequent meals high in calories and protein within vegan guidelines. Snacking throughout the day on items such as peanut butter, adding high protein dips with vegetables or sprinkling olive oil on bean based pasta dishes can assist in meeting performance needs by adding significant calories without deviating from veganism.
In summary, it is possible to have a healthy vegan diet as a teenager. With proper planning, guidance and research this can be an excellent dietary lifestyle. However, it is important to consider all of the points mentioned above before hastily embarking on a vegan diet, just because your favorite pop star or athlete has had success. Consulting with a nutrition professional can also be of great benefit to evaluate if a vegan diet is right for you and your teen.
Detroit Jewish News: Healthy Holiday Baked Beans Recipe
Holiday Baked Beans: Your favorite side dish gets a festive facelift.
With New Year’s just around the corner and your home brimming with loved ones, there’s no time to waste on menu planning. Are you looking for a delicious yet exciting side dish that your guests will truly appreciate? This season, center your holiday meal on this festive and hearty baked bean recipe.
Throughout the years, baked beans have been an integral part of the American culture. These beans have accompanied millions of Americans on holidays, birthdays and so many more celebrations. Whether we’re talking about kidney beans, pinto beans, lima beans, black beans or navy beans, the health benefits are consistent throughout all types, shapes and sizes of these nutritional powerhouses.
Check out Stacy Goldberg’s Eat Right Now column featured in the Detroit Jewish News this month to learn how to incorporate more beans in your life!
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METRO DETROIT — Shelly Kemp, the executive director of the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce, likes to lend her hand in the kitchen at Mirepoix Cooking School in Holiday Market.
But she’s hardly a trained chef, and she certainly wasn’t always an avid cook.
“My mom would be the one who would make sloppy Joes out of the can,” Kemp said. “But I can tell you the minute that changed. I got married in 1997, and right around then, I was at the bookstore and I picked up this Italian cookbook from Food & Wine (magazine). I thought I would try something new, so I just started. It was authentic Italian cuisine, but it was quick and easy. And I fell in love with it.”
That’s all it took. A little dabble resulted in a big lifestyle change, Kemp said. Soon, cooking became a kind of meditation for her, and she said preparing dinner for her family turned out to be a great form of stress relief.
“It was a mental health thing. I was preparing something for my husband and my son, and I knew where everything they were eating came from. And there was the added boost when everyone says, ‘Oh my God, this is amazing.’”
And the health benefits of learning to cook aren’t limited to the mind. As you might expect, even basic skills to prepare fresh food at home can lead to a lot of physical payoff — more energy, better digestion, and if you do it right, a smaller waistline.
Showing people how to design their diet for their nutritional goals is what Stacy Goldberg does every day. She’s the founder of Savorfull, a Quicken Loans venture aimed at helping organizations like corporations and even sports teams get their nutrition in check despite their intense schedules. She just ended a stint as the Detroit Pistons’ nutritionist, and she still serves as the official nutritionist for the NBA Coaches Association.
Long days, sleepless nights, packed schedules, and high pressures are the epitome of health concerns for many pro athletes. However, many people neglect to realize that coaches are subjected to the same high stakes as athletes. Because of this, coaches’ health and wellness is now a rising concern in the NBA, and the National Basketball Coaches Association (NBCA) is putting their best efforts forward to improve coaches’ well-being. One important step in this process was the NBCA hiring our nutritionist and CEO, Stacy Goldberg, as its health and wellness consultant.
NBA coaches Steve Kerr, Ty Lue balance stress, pressure and health in grueling industry
CLEVELAND – Golden State coach Steve Kerr learned the importance of proper work-life balance from two of the coaches he played for in the NBA – Phil Jackson and Gregg Popovich.
“When I was a player, I kind of wondered if coaches were like holed up in their office all night sleeping on the cot,” Kerr said. “I wasn’t exactly sure how it worked. Both those guys had such diverse interests outside of the game. You know all the stories about both of them.
“Seeing how interesting they both were and how devoted to their families they were and their kids, and how interested they were in our lives besides just what was going on in basketball, I think they really influenced me.”
Health and wellness of NBA coaches is on center stage in this season’s Finals between Golden State and Cleveland. For different reasons, the coaches for both teams – Kerr and Cleveland’s Tyronn Lue – took time off during a season.
Kerr addressed his health in 2015-16 when complications from back surgery forced him to step aside temporarily and allow Luke Walton to coach the team on an interim basis, and last season when he wasn’t feeling well, Kerr turned over coaching duties to Mike Brown during some postseason games.
Lue missed time earlier this season to focus on his health as the result of anxiety, bad diet and poor sleep.
The health and wellness of coaches is just as important as the health and wellness of players. Teams invest millions into their players and are starting to do more to make sure coaches are operating at an optimum level.
“The National Basketball Coaches Association is absolutely vigilant about the importance of proactively nurturing good health for all of our coaches, both head coaches and assistants,” NBPA president and Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told USA TODAY Sports. “It’s important your health comes first. Your preparation for a season is meticulous and purposeful and once you get into it, you must have a great staff that can take a lot of pressure off the day to day demands and you have to take care of yourself.”
The coaching lifestyle in the NBA is not conducive to healthy living. Late nights, poor eating and drinking habits, inadequate sleep and the high-stakes pressure of winning can take a toll mentally and physically.
The NBA is filled with stories of coaches whose jobs led to physical and mental issues. Rudy Tomjanovich stepped away from coaching the Los Angeles Lakers because of stress. Former Charlotte coach Steve Clifford, recently hired by Orlando, missed 21 games earlier this season due to headaches caused by sleep deprivation.
The NBCA is making an effort to improve coaches’ well-being. The organization sends quarterly health and wellness bulletins with advice on proper diet, sleeping and exercise tips and hired Stacy Goldberg as its health and wellness consultant.
“There’s a ton of emphasis that gets placed on player health,” NBCA executive director David S. Fogel said. “Teams go to great lengths and great financial lengths to have the best doctors, nutritionists and trainers and while they are available to coaches, a lot of times their schedules are full and coaches are left to their own for individual workouts and nutrition plans.
“That’s where we wanted to come in and educate our coaches. We want our coaches to be the most educated in all of professional sports.”
Beyond the quarterly bulletins, Goldberg is available to answer questions and help coaches.
“I provide information that they can apply realistically to their life when it comes to nutrition, health, wellness because we recognize they are extremely busy and so focused on the players,” said Goldberg, who has a master’s degree in public health and is the founder/CEO of Savorfull. “So my initiative with the NBA coaches association has been always to say: Who’s taking care of the coaches?”
Several coaches, such as Dwane Casey, Brad Stevens, Fred Hoiberg and Frank Vogel, try to find a work-life balance through family. When they can, they like to pick up kids from school, have dinner with family or put kids to bed. Stepping away from work is good for the mind and body.
Former Sacramento Kings coach Jerry Reynolds knew he had to stop coaching or else.
Reynolds said there was constant pressure, win or lose. He wasn’t eating or sleeping well and acknowledged he “probably drank too much. … It’s just another habit you don’t need. It became a habit to have three, four beers after every game.
“At that time, I knew health-wise I didn’t think it would be good for me to be in coaching a lot longer, and I wasn’t thank goodness. I’m not sure I’d be here today if I had coached another 10 years to be honest.”
When Lue was out earlier this season, he talked with Kerr.
“We get so wrapped up in the game of basketball I think we kind of forget about everything else,” Lue said. “This was the first time in 20 years where I really just had a chance to focus on me and get myself right and he reminded me of that. We get so wrapped up in the game that we forget about real life and it was the best advice I got – so thank Steve for that.”
Kerr had this general advice for Lue.
“The main message was you can’t allow what feels like the enormity of the job to interfere with your health and your recovery and whatever you need to do,” Kerr said. “I just told him the team will still be there when you get back. Sometimes I think in this job because there is so much passion from the fan bases and because everybody wants to win so badly, it feels bigger than it really is.”