My Food

My Nutrition is still a work in progress.
I had a conversation with a co-worker back in March that changed my perspective on eating. Cheri pointed me in the direction of the Primal / Paleo lifestyle in regards to eating and exercising. Thanks Cheri!

As I mentioned in one my my earlier blog postings I gave up and decided to get some help from a licensed sports nutritionist. His name is Ben Brown. He has a Master's from ASU and has worked with athletes who require much more refined nutrition than myself. We modified my eating from a calorie restrictive low fat approach to an "eat all the meat and veggies you can stand." It seems to be a magic bullet for me. I have been on the plan now since April and I have dropped about 22-25 pounds of fat and my lean muscle has remained unchanged. This is exactly what I think I wanted. I did not want to get heavier by adding bulkier muscles.I currently eat at least six times per day and I have no idea what my caloric intake is ... and that feels nice.

Pre workout nutrition:
It is important to realize that athletes are all different and they run best on different types of fuel.

I think my magic solution is this:

1) I eat three hours before the anticipated start time
2) I get the coffee in early
3) Here's my meal
    Omlette - 6 eggs, avacado, tomato, turkey bacon, turkey sausage, salsa, salt and pepper. Sides of grapes, watermelon and strawberries and an english muffin with lots of organic butter.

During workout nutrition:

This is still a work in progress. Some things really do a number on my stomach nowadays.

About 15 minutes before the start, I will take in a Gel Pack. In transition 1, I will have another Gel Pack or a Lara Bar. While I am on the bike, I will take in 32 ounces of water and 32 ounces of diluted Gatorage. In transition 2 I will have another Gel Pack if I feel like I need it. I will take in one full cup of water on the run for every mile - if possible.

Post workout nutrition:
I am no longer a fan of the "eat because I burned it off" mentality. My stomach likes for me to have liquids after a workout or race. I will typically take in a protein shake and then probably some chicken, beef or steak as soon as I am ready for it.