5 Cheap nutrition hacks for athletes

There is no question about the importance of good nutrition in improving performance and recovery, but supplementation – let’s admit it – is expensive. Luckily, with a bit of preparation, cheaper ingredients can yield the same effects.  Homemade sports drink Sports drink is nothing else than water with carbohydrates and some salts. Instead of buying expensive brands, you can make it yourself. Take a drinking bottle of one litter and add 60g of sugar, a pinch of salt and fill the rest with water. You can flavor the drink with lemon or orange juice concentrate.  Economical replacement for energy bars […]

Honey cake

For the Jewish New Year I decided to write a few words about the tastiest dish in the Rosh Hashana’s menu: Honey cake. For the Jewish people it symbolizes the wish that the New Year will be as sweet as honey. Honey cakes are delicious and full of calories, but if you consume them at the right time they do have some benefits. Honey cakes contain a high amount of simple carbohydrates and therefore will be excellent as an energy source during training and as a recovery meal after. [Read more about nutrition around training] The honey itself is not […]

What is the difference between cow’s milk and coconut, soy, rice, and almond drink?

When you think of milk as a nutritious drink, the first thing that pops to mind is calcium and protein, but if you take a closer look at the nutrient table of different types of milk drinks it is very clear that the only thing all of these drinks have in common is their white color. Calling soy, rice, almond and coconut drink milk is misleading. Cow’s milk contains about 6g protein and 250mg calcium per glass, much more than some of its substitutes. Rice drink contains mainly carbohydrates (about 18g/glass) and very little protein (less than 1g/glass) which is […]

Let’s talk about golden scores and nutrition

Today we recover from a whole week of spectacular judo as the World Championships came to an end. I have to say that I like the new rules. Giving an immediate hansoko-make for grabbing the leg was a bit too harsh, cancelling out yuko is difficult for me to accept, but it makes judo much easier to understand for new spectators. I especially like that shido doesn’t win fights anymore in regular time. Athletes stopped playing the shido game and are looking for a positive scores. It makes the fights more appealing to the eye of the spectators. This new […]

5 common mistakes when cutting weight

Written by Amelie Rosseneu for JudoCrazy The World Championships is coming up, and soon we’ll start seeing athletes dieting and running around in sweat suits. According to a large scale research involving over 800 judo players from all levels, 82% percent of the athletes are engaged in regular weight loss practices. Most of them lose 2 to 5% of their bodyweight, 40% is losing between 5 to 10% and some go even further than that and lose more than 10%. Losing weight in judo is so common it almost feels like it’s a part of the sport. Although many fighters […]