How Becoming A Culinary Nutrition Expert Has Made Me A Better Athlete

At the 2013 Saskatoon Triathlon
At the 2013 Saskatoon Triathlon

Prior to the summer of 2014 I felt like I was doing great as a triathlete in both training and racing. While that might have been true, I was missing out on something. That something was my day in and day out nutrition. I had a high carb diet, consisting of lots of pasta and breads. I didn’t think twice about it. I stayed lean, trained and raced well. I figured if the furnace was hot enough anything would burn!

However, for years on a high carb diet, I was constantly hungry and always very tired. I would always blame it on the amount of training I was doing, thinking I was destined for a life of exhaustion and craving food as long as I continued with training.

Today I’m training more than ever and I actually eat less food than what I use to. Not only that, but I’m doing it with way more energy and I don’t have the cravings like I use to. I have the CNE program to thank for that. During the program I realized that my biggest flaw of how I ate before was spiking my blood sugar. Through eating all the carbs and refined breads I was having my blood sugar spikes and crashes. Instantly, I knew that was why I was constantly tired and always hungry. I have transitioned since then to eating a high fat diet and have almost completely eliminated pasta, bread products, wheat and gluten. Controlling blood sugar has been a huge improvement in my life, but I’ve learned so much more through the CNE course than that, including:

  • How important micronutrients are such as calcium, iron, B vitamins and many more. Being obsessed about macronutrients (carbs, proteins, fats) which endurance athletes so often are, we can sometimes lose sight of the important vitamins and minerals we may be deficient in.

  • Superfoods such as goji berries, chia seeds, chaga, cordyceps, maca and more, can play such a vital role in an athletes recovery, training, and not getting run down or sick.

The biggest takeaway from the course has also been the most practical. I’ve learned how to put together amazing healthy meals and the knowledge and confidence to know how to do it all on my own as well as share it with others. I know a lot more about food than ever could have thought possible. Now instead of fueling my body with regular fuel, I’m putting premium into it and I feel great! Having the knowledge and education behind me as a professional triathlete puts me at ease knowing if I have a nutrition related question, I can trust myself to know the answer.

One thought on “How Becoming A Culinary Nutrition Expert Has Made Me A Better Athlete

  1. […] My husband is pretty awesome, but he was never one for cooking. He had no confidence in the kitchen at all. His knife handling skills were atrocious at best. His specialties were overcooked eggs and boxed foods. Entire flats of cookies eaten in a sitting were a common occurrence. He once made himself sick by eating a whole box of those stuffed chicken breasts because the sodium levels are through the roof on those suckers. His thinking was that the more food he could stuff into his face, the better. He never was really concerned about the quality of the food and how that would affect his everyday life and especially his athletic performance. Once he changed his diet and learned about the optimal foods that he should be consuming as an athlete, his energy and performance levels increased dramatically. You can read about that here. […]

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