Get Down With Gatorade

posted by on 06/01/2011 | 78 comments (leave one of your own)

Recently I had the opportunity to participate in a web conference call with the smart folks over at Gatorade and a group of my fellow sport moms. The call featured Stephanie Hamm, a mother to six children who all played sports.  You might be familiar with her daughter Mia Hamm, you know, the world renowned soccer player.

Mia-Hamm

Mrs. Hamm was so very sweet and let me tell you, this lady knows her mom stuff. She raised six children, most of them involved with athletics. She is an advocate for children eating a nutritious breakfast before their activity and staying hydrated during, something I feel strongly about regardless if you are involved in sports or not. She mentioned that when her the moms would receive handouts regarding snacks and hydration and she would put them up on the fridge because this was before the internet. I can’t imagine raising children without the internet, so Mrs. Hamm gets wicked mom props.

With my daughter, who happens to be a Type One Diabetic, I am concerned with snacks and hydration on and off the playing field.  When she is participating in an activity, my main concern is keeping her blood sugar level at a stable, safe level while keeping her hydrated. We cannot use most liquid carbs, such as juice or regular soda, as it will cause her to have too large of a glucose spike. I have been mixing regular Gatorade with water and letting my daughter sip on that during activities, such as her music recital rehearsal or during her basketball tournament. I have to be honest, I get frustrated because there is no such thing as Diet Gatorade because it would kinda be a moot point anyway, hello, the body needs those carbs for energy.  During the conference call, Lisa from Gatorade also discussed different types of Gatorade that are now on the market and she mentioned G Series Natural.

Gatorade Natural

Did y’all know about this?

They work very hard over at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) where they (they=smart people) are “committed  to helping athletes optimize their health and performance through research and education in hydration and nutrition science”.  I think this means smart people study what happens when athletes sweat while being athletic and how to keep them from becoming dehydrated which can compromise their athletic-ness.

G Series Natural is designed to deliver hydration to athletes with natural ingredients, such as sea salt, natural sweeteners and fruit flavors, and contains only 14 grams of carbs per an eight ounce serving.  This is something that I know my daughter as a diabetic can drink and manage to properly stay hydrated without compromising her glucose levels.  This has me completely and utterly stoked.

hoops

For more information, head on over to Gatorade’s sweet new feature on their site, Gatorade Moms, for all sorts of fabulous information for Sports Moms, like products available, energy and recovery food ideas, interviews with other moms and much more.  It’s much better than a handout taped to the fridge.

Be sure to please check out Stephanie Hamm’s supermom video to learn more about how she raised an Olympic Gold athlete.

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    Comments
  • Joe Speer


    I started playing softball in a men’s league at age 13, after back surgery and the onset of shin splints I quit playng at age 40.

    • JUDY FREDERICK


      Hi
      Do you still get out & get some exercise, walking or something. That is still really important. I am 67 & still do mild exercises & walking with regularity. It helps.
      Have a fantastic day.

  • laurie damrose


    I love my early morning walks,but especially taking my son to the playground which keeps me on my toes.

  • jason m


    well i just try to get out of the house and keep myself busy,,,its not physical workout,,but atleast im somewhat active,,

  • malika liggin


    my favorite way to stay active is spendin time outdoors with my children

  • malika liggin


    i tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/sweetmaple123/status/84088434188238848

  • ANGEL JACKLYN


    I’M REALLY BLOWN AWAY ABOUT ALL THE INFORMATION I’M LEARNING ON GATORADE. I ALWAYS VIEWED IT AS A SUGAR DRINK & HAVING DIABETES RUN IN MY FAMILY MYSELF, I KNOW HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO KNOW ABOUT THESE THINGS!

    kytah00@yahoo.com

  • ANGEL JACKLYN


    2ND ENTRY TWEET @ http://twitter.com/#!/kytah00/status/84791646998380544

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  • Sylvie W


    As long as I have music I love to jog, powerwalk, or bike. The music keep me going.

  • Lindsay


    Well, I was a competitive gymnast until age 14 when I broke my kneecap, and I competed in cheerleading my whole life which culminated in winning 2nd in the world (booyah!), but not that my body decided I’m old and hurts for 5 days after a boot camp class, I mostly walk or bike ride with my future mama-in-law and pretend like I can still do backflips for my cousins.

  • Joyce Harrell


    I love to walk and we do a lot of it!

  • Gina @ The Crave to Save


    My favorite way to stay active is by chasing around my 14 month-old son! He is so much fun to play with now that he is mobile. I also do a lot of gardening and work-out on the treadmill. All of these things require some heavy hydration! Thanks for the giveaway.

    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Gina @ The Crave to Save


    tweet-http://twitter.com/#!/CrazyItalian0/status/85385007467728896

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  • connie nolly


    I get plenty of exercise walking my dog Jenna.

  • angie


    I love to hike or bike or eco-walk. Gardening and birding and the arts are a huge part of my life too!
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

  • angie


    I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/#!/FotoMacro/status/85751963471458304
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

  • Cori Westphal


    I love swimming! Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved to swim, and now I get to share in the love all over again with my own kids!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  • Cori Westphal


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  • Diane Dobie


    good luck all!!!

  • Karen Runey


    I hit the river every summer, every chance I get!

    kruney@yahoo.com

  • kolpin


    i like spin class

    kolpin4680 at gmail dot com

  • kolpin


    tweet
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  • Cassandra


    I run track and field and use g and it keeps me hydrated and I love it.

  • Donna B.


    Wii Fit!! 🙂

  • Lee H.


    try to find a sport that everyone enjoys doing at least part of the time. luckily we all like tennis.

  • Eugenie W


    doing things w. kids keep me active.

  • Stacy


    We love taking walks in the evening and bike rides on Sunday mornings (we have some amazing bike trails around here).

  • Gaines Simmons


    I stay active through walking and weight-lifting. gainessimmons@aol.com