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University of Michigan Captain Shares Her Nutrition Tips

Alyssa Dillion, senior defender of the University of Michigan, shares nutrition routine.

By Terry Jacoby

Alyssa Dillon is a senior captain for the Wolverines and with so many newcomers to the team, leadership takes on even more meaning.
Dillon likes to lead by example, on and off the field – including when it comes to nutrition.
“Nutrition is very important for any college athlete, and we certainly take it seriously here at Michigan,” Dillon said.
Dillon, a fullback who is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, begins her day with an apple, banana, yogurt or granola bar in the morning. For lunch, she will go to a local store or restaurant and use her app on her phone to buy a light lunch. Dinner is planned out for the players, who often meet at Yost, the famous hockey arena on campus.
“Our meals are planned out for each week and it’s based on what our schedule is for that particular week,” she said. “Everything is done in moderation. Our nutritionists here and our strength and conditioning coaches stress balance and moderation in everything we do.”
A native of Plymouth, Mich., Dillon played her club soccer for the Michigan Hawks, based in Southeastern Michigan. The team had plenty of success during her years there.
“Club soccer was a time where I developed my skills as a soccer player,” she said. “Club is a much bigger commitment than high school soccer and it was a big part of my life.”

ALWAYS BE FUELING. Dillon often takes advantage of Michigan’s “fueling stations,” located at different spots around the athletic campus. Michigan’s menu includes apples and bananas, Greek yogurt, smoothies, peanut butter and granola bars.

EAT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. “The team does a great job of getting food to us within 15 minutes after competition,” she said. “We get chocolate milk and a variety of food choices right after practice and games.”

MAINTAIN A BALANCED DIET. “I’m not afraid to eat a cupcake or a dessert,” she said. “But I try to follow the guidelines for a balanced diet. It gives you so much more energy on the field when you eat right.”