by Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD
Thanks to the Internet, we have abundant access to high quality, science-based nutrition podcasts. We also have access to a lot of questionable nutrition information. To help guide your nutrition education options, I have identified a few credible podcasts that focus on general nutrition, sports nutrition, dysfunctional eating, injury recovery, and other topics of interest to runners who strive to improve their performance. In these podcasts, you'll find trustworthy information about the what, when, and how to fuel your body for optimal sports performance, good health, and high energy.
While you are running, walking the dog, or washing dishes, I hope you enjoy listening to these podcasts that are some of my personal favorites. They offer an amazing opportunity to learn (for free!!!) from some top-notch researchers and clinicians.
SoundbitesRD.com/podcast hosted by Melissa Joy Dobbins RD. Posted twice a month; about an hour long.
Melissa is among the first dietitians to jump into podcasting. She now has recorded more than 226 episodes and has thousands of listeners. Her information is popular with dietitians and the general public alike. You'll learn about all things related to your daily diet, with a focus on current food topics and controversies. Melissa does an excellent job of delving into the science, psychology and strategies behind good food and nutrition. A few examples of topics covered include:
Spot On! Podcast hosted by Joan Salge Blake RD. Posted twice a month; about 30-45 minutes long.
Joan teaches nutrition at Boston University. Hence, her podcast is geared towards college students, but is of interest to everyone. Joan’s lively, engaging style will hold your attention. She interviews top experts who offer accurate and practical health and wellness information on a variety of current topics and trends, including:
The Long Munch – Nutrition for Runners, Cyclists & Triathletes hosted by two Australian sport dietitians: Stephanie Gaskell has a special interest in gastro-intestinal nutrition and Alan McCubbin researches hydration and sodium for endurance sports at Monash University. Posted weekly, about an hour long.
To familiarize yourself with the rich variety of topics addressed on The Long Munch, I suggest you listen to the Birthday Year in Review You’ll hear a 3- to 5-minute summary of each weekly podcast. You then can go back for more in-depth information by listening to the episodes that interest you. Sample topics include:
Performance Nutrition Podcast hosted by Dr, Marc Bubbs ND, CSCS. Posted monthly; about 60 minutes long.
Marc is Director of Performance Nutrition for Canada Basketball. In his podcast, he connects you with leading experts from around the globe and discusses nutrition topics related to performance. A sampling of topics:
Nail Your Nutrition Podcast hosted by sports dietitians Marita Radloff RD & Sarah Schlichter. Posted weekly; about 60 minutes long
Given the podcasters are runners and moms, as well as registered sports dietitians, they handily address a variety of topics from many perspectives, such as —
Voice in Sport hosted by Stefanie Strack, former athlete and advocate for advancing women in sports. Posted weekly, about 45 minutes long
Stef interviews women (several of whom are elite runners) who have excelled in sports, asking about their journeys. Her guests share untold stories on topics rarely discussed, such as their struggles with body image, dysfunctional eating, mental health, and nutrition. Young runners will find hope and inspiration from this podcast by listening to how these women survived their demanding journeys. Aspiring athletes will learn they are not the only ones having a hard time transitioning from high school to college to pro sports. Sample episodes include:
The Catalyst Health, Wellness and Performance Coaching Podcast
Host Brad Cooper interviews best-selling authors, world-renowned researchers, elite athletes, and respected coaches in an engaging format. The overall focus is on wellness; the varied topics will expand your self-care plans. A few episodes I really enjoyed:
The Injured Athletes Club hosted by mental skills coach Carrie Jackson and health/fitness journalist and runner Cindy Kuma. Posted weekly; about an hour long
Part of being an athlete includes being injured (boohoo). That’s why these two athletes joined forces to create a community that offers support and hope to help make the recovery journey easier. They interview runners and other athletes who have recovered from injury (or injury, after injury, after injury…) Topics include—
I hope you find this list of easy-listening podcasts to be educational, helpful for enhancing your athletic performance and well-being, and hope-filled for facing the challenges presented to runners of all ages and abilities. Listen-up!
Nancy Clark MS RD CSSD counsels both fitness exercisers and competitive athletes in the Boston-area (Newton; 617-795-1875). Her best-selling Sports Nutrition Guidebook is a popular resource, as is her online workshop. Visit NancyClarkRD.com for more information.