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Helping Gymnasts Have a Better Relationship with Food With Dr. Dave Tilley

Recently I was featured on an episode of the The Shift Show, hosted by incredible gymnastics coach, physical therapist, and leader of the shift in gymnastics culture, Dr. Dave Tilley!

We talked all about how the gymnastics community can offer practical, alternative solutions for coaches on how to discuss body image, and where did these cultural myths perpetuate, so we can work on them and have healthy conversations around food with athletes.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why dieting isn’t normal (it’s just commonplace in our culture)

  • Top tips for parents who want to address the nutrition conversation to help aid recovery or energy levels in their young athletes.

  • Where’s the line between a coach’s responsibility of nutrition and recovery versus what is the parent’s role to manage the athlete?

  • What red flags should you should be aware of in athletes.

  • How to make sure we keep moving forward in the sport, to move on past old school techniques, commenting on body or weight, and have a healthy relationship with food.

  • Gymnasts are unique so trying to fit into a box that you’re not meant to fit in, is always going to do more harm than good.

  • Why you can’t fail at nutrition.

So listen here and let me know what you think!

The Shift Show is also available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Big thanks again to Dave for having me on his podcast! Be sure to follow him on Facebook @


Kerry Bair, RD, LDN, MPH

The Gymnast RD

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