By Nikkitha Bakshani
The Daily Meal

Though the practice is becoming increasingly common, not all athletes fuel up for games with protein shakes -- especially not athletes in places like Kazakhstan or Kenya, where protein powder is hard to come by. But they have to eat something in order to perform so well during the Olympics and other challenging events, right? What are their secrets? Here is what athletes from around the world eat to stay at the top of their games.

Every time the Olympics roll around, there is a lot of buzz around the diets of these seemingly superhuman sportsmen and sportswomen. Michael Phelps' legendary 12,000-calorie-a-day diet captured many headlines, as did Usain Bolt's confession that the secret to his speed was Chicken McNuggets. We researched the special requests of various teams during the 2012 London Olympics, as well as the training diets of various athletes when they were in their home countries. Unsurprisingly, there are many little-known power foods from around the world that help athletes perform well.

Chia seeds, a health food favorite, have actually been eaten by Mexico's indigenous Tarahumara people, known for their ability to run extremely long distances in mountainous terrain, since precolonial times. In the early 2000s, a lot of money was spent on researching the diets of Kenyan runners, because before athletes began posting photos or videos on social media, it was necessary for researchers to actually travel to Africa and survey their eating habits. Many athletes abroad have not fallen prey to the foods that athletes should never eat, although, with the popularity of fast food chains internationally, that is changing fast.

By Diana Gerstacker

You eat right, exercise frequently, spend time outdoors and get a whole lot of sleep -- that must mean you're the model of good health, right? Maybe not; if you're overdoing it you could actually be harming your health.

The old adage, "everything in moderation," seems to ring true in every aspect. It was once believed that only sweets and bad habits needed to be moderated, but we now know that some of the healthier foods and habits can be bad for our health in excess. From spinach to exercise and even water, these healthy staples can become health troubles when practiced or consumed too often.

Though some of the side effects are rare, these health concerns should be taken seriously. If you think you’re living a healthy lifestyle, you might want to look further into our list of healthy things you can have too much of.

By Katie Rosenbrock

Every climber has their own idea of what makes for a truly ideal climbing spot.

From the level of difficulty and the style of climbing to the surrounding scenery and the number of routes available, there are a handful of factors to consider when it comes to determining a truly choice climbing destination.

No doubt, the U.S. has many exceptional crags for climbers to choose from. So, in order to pinpoint which spots are some of the country’s most well-loved, we turned to a handful of experts -- many with extensive climbing experience.

We asked them so suggest climbing destinations that are exciting and challenging, but also accessible to beginners.

From the North Cascades of Washington all the way to the Catskills of New York, these rocky landscapes are considered among the best rock climbing locales in the U.S.

The new Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in New York is reportedly the nation's most expensive golf course in terms of construction cost. The price tag on the public course, built on a former landfill in the Bronx, is $269 million.

The plan to build the course began in 1998. Then in 2001, New York mayor Rudy Giuliani tapped Jack Nicklaus to design it. Donald Trump got involved with the project, which had hit repeated snags, in 2011. Trump hopes the course will be able to host a major tournament such as the U.S. Open or PGA Championship.

Here's a look at the venue, which offers a riverfront view of New York's skyline:

By Dan Myers
The Daily Meal

The NCAA's March Madness is about to kick into overdrive, with the Final Four competing for the 2015 championship. The Kentucky Wildcats, Michigan State Spartans, Wisconsin Badgers and Duke Blue Devils are facing off in a race to the finish, and, as is often the case with March Madness, it's anyone's game. But when it comes to the best burgers, college bars, and local specialties, is there a winner? We rounded up the best of each of the competing states, and will let you decide for yourself.

Burgers are one of the great American foods, and there are plenty of prime examples to be found in Kentucky, Michigan, Wisconsin and North Carolina. While you can get a solid burger at plenty of local restaurants and bars, the heartland is full of old-school institutions that are turning out burgers that put them on the map decades ago. But that doesn’t rule out great burgers near Duke, either, as you'll see.

Where there are colleges, there are bars, and there's no shortage of great bars near the competing schools. They’ll be packed with their team’s rabid fans this weekend, and from old-timey dive bars to friendly neighborhood spots with killer food menus, we've tracked down the best near each campus.

As for local culinary specialties, there’s no shortage of those, either. Every state has regional foods that it's proud of, and there’s no exception when it comes to these four. Often imitated, but never replicated out of state, these foods are all something to be proud of.

Spice is a common theme in some of the menu items that Aramark is introducing to its MLB concession stands this season. One variety of chicken wings in Atlanta is mango habanero. The fries in Pittsburgh include jalapeno cheese sauce. And the Cuban Pretzel Dog features Dijon mustard. Check out these and other interesting concoctions:

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