Updated: Dec 3, 2021
Hi everyone! It's been a long time since I've written and it's nice to be back. It's been a crazy time in the world with everyone navigating COVID-19. I hope this post finds you healthy and managing ok, whatever your situation may be. If the going is tough, keep hope and believe that things can and will change for the better.
I've decided to write a 2 part series on Relative Energy Deficiency in sport or RED-s as there is a lack of awareness about the syndrome and I want to take action to change this.
If you've not heard about RED-s, it's essentially a syndrome underpinned by a mismatch between energy intake through diet and energy expenditure during exercise, leaving you short on energy to optimally meet all of your body's physiological needs. The article will give you an in-depth look into the symptoms, red flags, behaviours and some things to consider when trying to determine if you may have the syndrome, plus a lot more. Pour yourself a coffee and settle in, it's time to learn :).
You can find the article here at this link on The Pro Kit: https://theprokit.com/posts/the-hungry-athlete-a-two-part-series-on-relative-energy-deficiency-in-sport-red-s/.
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Although many of us don't know when the next race is, this may provide us with an opportunity to focus on other aspects of our training and performance that we've previously ignored. It's a huge asset to have your sports nutrition dialed in and I recommend taking this opportunity to learn more and practice it during your training. Once your lining back up for race day you'll be one step ahead of where you were. Think about it as one more tool in the toolbox.
Stay tuned for part 2 where we'll dive deeper into practical tips to meet energy needs throughout the day and some additional insights on bone health.
Stay safe and healthy everyone.