It’s not about how much you put into your body, it’s about what you put into your body. I learned that by fueling my body properly, I train and perform much better than when I eat too much or too little.
—Nim Shapira, 2008 and 2012 Olympic swimmer
“That is the worst possible snack you could be eating right now,” I overheard a swim coach say to a very young boy who was getting ready for a daylong meet. He turned around and repeated this statement to the child’s dad: “You know, that’s the worst thing he could be eating right now.”
I admit it—I have a soft spot for coaches who openly guide their athletes and parents with healthy eating advice. Many young athletes are eating the worst snacks and are ...