Welcome to all my active females to the first installment of our ‘Wellness’ blog posts! My name is Christine Steinmetz, Registered Dietitian/Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics and WSC athlete prepared to provide education, offer support, and help our female athletes achieve all their health and wellness goals!
First, a little bit about me: I have been a Registered Dietitian for the past 4 years, but have always been interested in nutrition. Growing up with a sibling with Type 1 Diabetes taught me that FOOD IS MEDICINE! I played all sorts of sports in my youth but really found my niche playing soccer. During my tenure I competed with and against some of the most talented female soccer athletes, some of which are still playing professionally today. I had the opportunity to play Division 1 soccer at Saint Louis University (Go Billikens!) and then traveled back to Chicago to attend Rush University Medical Center for my Master’s in Clincal Nutrition.
For the past 2 years, I worked for Purdue University’s Athletic Department and programmed the pre-season, in-season, and off-season nutrition for 10 of their 18 intercollegiate teams. Currently, I work for Centegra Health System in the Chicagoland suburbs focused on Weight Management and Sports Nutrition for the local community. I am SO excited to share my knowledge with all of you beautiful, strong, athletic women in Chicago!
What you can look forward to seeing in WSC’s wellness blog posts:
Plainly explained concepts regarding energy balance, body composition, fueling for sport, and how to maintain positive nutrition habits for life.
Meal and snack recipes made for busy professionals (like myself!) to stay lean with high quality nutrients. All recipes are tried and true by yours truly, to ensure you don’t need 700 ingredients or a fancy spiralizer to enjoy them.
A resource to help plan meals and snacks, grocery shop effectively, and learn to prepare nutritious foods.
What you won’t find in WSC’s wellness blog posts:
Recommendations for fad diets that aren’t backed by evidenced based research. (I can’t tell you how many clients I have daily asking me about apple cider vinegar, gluten free foods, and why bananas are making us all fat).
Strict dietary regimens that cut out entire food groups, nutrients, or “villain-ize” foods. All foods can fit into a healthy meal plan – it is ALL about balance.
Boring, over the top scientific explanations that you can’t understand or are too lengthy for your commute on the Red Line or waiting for your game to start.
Let’s face it. Everyone is trying to improve their health, get leaner, and exercise more! Check in Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for tips, tricks, and recipes to get you on the path to fueling your body for athletic performance.
Have questions or a topic YOU want to know about? Feel free to reach out to me – Christine@womenssportschicago.com.