When it comes to nutriton, there are a lot of voices out there on the internet vying for your attention. Doing a simple search for “best nutrition strategies” can be overwhelming enough to deter you from making the changes that you want to make. Who to believe?!
Everyone is a fitness expert, right? Every new website has a different plan an opinions on strategy shift drastically from month to month. It can be frustrating.
I’ve spent a lot of time online sifting through all the information out there, and at the end of the day, it’s John Berardi that rises to the top. His free articles like The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Nutrition Plans are diamond mines of rock-solid nutrition advice from a guy who has been formally studying exercise science and nutrition for years.
In the following weeks I’ll be featuring 27 tips from Berardi: starting today!
Sal just looked up from his desk (we work together) and said, “I wonder what would happen if you fried cottage cheese?”
This is quintessential Sal. The Sicilian take on one of the healthiest protein sources out there: yes, but can you deep fry it???
I have no idea if you can fry cottage cheese or not (and I don’t plan on finding out anytime soon) but I do know that cottage cheese is one of the most excellent protein sources out there. I would die without it. I buy multiple tubs at one time. Continue reading
There was a thread in the Cross Crusades forums last week about pre-race nutrition. I neglected to chime in, but I thought I’d share my nutritional preparation strategies here.
My diet is typically about 30% carbs, 30% fat, and 40% protein. If you know your macronutrients well, you’ll notice that it’s a pretty low-carb plan. I’ve tweaked the ratio several times over the past years, but I’ve found that this works pretty well for me, leaving me with enough energy for my workouts but allowing me to stay lean and support and build muscle structure.
Eating for ‘cross races demands something a little different. Continue reading
I know what you’re thinking.
And, no, I don’t work for Jay Robb. I don’t have a reseller’s agreement and I’m not even an affiliate. I just happen to think they’ve got some really rockstar products.
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I happened to get my hands on some Yammits a while back and I have slowly been experimenting with all of the glory that they can bring. Here’s my latest post-workout shake that has Sally singing praises. Just in time for my favorite season – a protein shake worthy of the Pumpkin King: Continue reading
Last week Maggie Wang posted her favorite recipe for making protein fudgesicles. (By the way, she’s wicked smart and completely kicks ass. Her website contains a wealth of information and she’s extremely entertaining to boot.)
Inspired, I adapted her recipe to include my favorite whey protein isolate (Jay Robb!) and a nifty new chocolate product that I recently discovered in my favorite neighborhood grocery store, New Seasons Market. (I also used good old cow milk instead of soy milk cuz I don’t have any dairy tolerance issues.)
The result is a seriously religious frozen chocolate explosion.
Oh. My. God.
You’re going to love this one. Continue reading
What’s the fastest way to screw up what might otherwise be a mind-blowing, muscle-searing workout? Neglect your pre-workout meal.
Daniel totally called me out on it this morning as I agonized through a torturous round of shoulder-press-squat-combos.
“What did you eat this morning?” he asked.
I was running out today to make an 11:15am appointment and I had to have my late morning meal on the go. No problem, I thought, I’ll just whip up a protein shake and be on my way.
I surveyed the refrigerator and planned my attack: