I help competitive gymnasts fuel their bodies, prevent injuries, and reach their highest potential.
Food for Fuel is a nutrition resource to support high-performing gymnasts and the gymnastics community that provides evidence based, practical, and sport specific nutrition information to help gymnasts perform at a their highest potential and achieve their goals.
Welcome! My name is Kerry
I am a Registered Dietitian and I started Food for Fuel: High Performance Nutrition, or more well-known as The Gymnast RD. I believe in eating real food and eating the foods you love. That all foods can fit into your routine, no matter what your goals in the gym are. That education is the key to success and that you need a TEAM supporting you the whole way.
I believe that nutrition and gymnastics go hand and hand, because well fueled gymnasts are also high-performing, happy, and healthy gymnasts. I believe that when adequate, balanced eating is prioritized by athletes, parents, coaches, and the overall culture of the sport, gymnastics can be a safe and healthy sport for all gymnasts.
I am registered dietitian, licensed by the state of Pennsylvania and I help gymnasts fuel their bodies, prevent injuries, and reach their highest potential.
As a young athlete growing up in the sport competitive gymnastics, I learned, first hand, the importance of proper food and nutrition (and have also seen the impacts poor nutrition can have). I believe all gymnasts should learn how to fuel their bodies so they can reach their highest potential.
Please get in touch with me to learn more about the opportunities available for you.
My Professional Credentials
Bachelor of Science in Community Nutrition & Dietetics, Rutgers University
Master of Public Health in Health Education and Behavior Science, Rutgers University
RD Registered Dietitian and LDN Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist
Sports Nutrition Fellow, Drexel University
CHES Certified Health Education Specialist
Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Sports & Human Performance Nutrition Practice Group, The Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitian Association, & USA Gymnastics Professional Member
My Professional Affiliations
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The TEAM Method
My 4 Step Proven Approach to Help You Reach Your Highest Potential
Three Part Assessment
You are the expert of your body and your life. In order to come up with the best, most effective fueling plan for you, let’s get to know you first. The Three Part Assessment includes your health, your food habits, and your gymnastics vision, which is the baseline for building your fueling plan to get you where you want to go.
Navigating the nutrition world can be difficult and confusing, especially when dedicating your time to a sport as intense and complex as gymnastics. As a Registered Dietitian, I believe that education is the biggest key to success. Fueling your body begins when you understand the WHY behind it and are able to sort through all of the nutrition nonsense out there. I will give you the blueprint you need and teach you how to make fueling decisions that support your goals.
Life is ever-changing, and your nutrition should be too. Focus on how to make food FUN, enjoyable, and easy for your lifestyle. Learn to apply your new knowledge, listen to your body, and navigate your emotions surrounding food and turn your goals into healthy habits for life.
The diet mindset in gymnastics often leads to uncertainty, restriction, feelings of guilt, and anxiety. You lose touch with what your body is trying to tell you and rely on a set of made-up rules about what you should and shouldn't eat. We will focus on building a positive, empowered attitude towards food.
My Gymnastics Journey
A successful performance for my last meet as a high school athlete
Performing a back tuck on beam as a level 10 gymnast
My level 10 teammates and I, with our team award at level 10 states
Representing Team NJ at the High School National Meet. Team NJ came in 3rd place!
My class picture as a sophomore on the Rutgers Gymnastics Team
Celebrating another great meet at Rutgers
Throughout college, I was able to coach and learn at a gymnastics summer camp
I spent 4 seasons coaching Rutgers Club Gymnastics