Susan Kundrat, founder and owner of Nutrition on the Move since 1998, has been working with members of the community and university athletes for many years in an effort to instill proper nutrition. She also works with Northwestern University, the University of Evansville and Bradley University. She lectures and writes as a member of the sports nutrition board with Gatorade. As a certified sports and wellness nutritionist, Kudrat works out of the Strawberry Fields store in Urbana.
I understand you are currently working at Nutrition on the Move; can you give me an idea of what you do there?
I have been working as a consultant at Strawberry Fields for six or seven years. I’m basically a resource here at the Strawberry Fields store. I have open hours Mondays (from) 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., so people can come in a ask me quick nutrition or product questions. Also, because I’m a registered dietician, I see clients with nutrition concerns as well as athletes with sports nutrition and wellness questions.
What got you interested in nutrition?
I was always intrigued by physiology, biology and how the body worked. I also love to cook; I love food; I love to eat. I have always been an athlete as well, so it lends itself to physiology. After interning in Boston and working as a cardiac rehab dietician, I knew I wanted to specialize in nutrition and exercise.
What is your book 101 Sports Nutrition Tips focused on?
I really wanted to put out a book that cut through all the mechanisms-the things that get people all riled up. My premise for the book was to create an easy reference for athletes. It’s geared toward answering sports nutrition questions as well as telling you what to eat. The book is based on solid science and research studies. My goal was to help implement that.
Do you have any basic nutrition suggestions or rules you feel are very important?
I think one thing that is very important is to make sure your body has consistent energy all day long. You also need to be sure you have a sensible balance of nutrients in your diet. You need to eat more natural foods, more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Staying hydrated is also important. You need to maximize what you’re drinking.
What is your favorite aspect of being a nutritionist?
One of the things that I enjoy the most is that I feel this is a very positive field. It’s a privilege to work with people who want to make positive changes in their life. Also, helping athletes reach their potential is a great thrill for me. I always hoped I could do something meaningful and positive as a career, and I feel I am doing that.
What does your radio show focus on?
Strawberry Fields sponsors weekly radio spots on both WHMS (97.5 FM) and WBCP (1580 AM). The focus is on common nutrition concerns or what is happening in the news regarding nutrition. It is also an avenue for me to get nutrition messages out that are positive, as well as cutting through some of the questions people are commonly confused about.