Wednesday, January 16, 2013

My Nutrition Experiment - Intro

For any of you who follow my colleague, Bob Seebohar, you know he's been consuming a lower carbohydrate, higher fat daily diet since October.  Many current sports dietitians and coaches "poo poo" this because how can this type of nutrition possibly be good for health AND an athlete's performance?  We shall hear back from Bob how well his high fat nutrition training served him when he returns from his 135-mile run in Brazil.

In the meantime, I want to start sharing the story of my own nutrition journey. On November 6, 2012, I revamped my daily nutrition pattern to test how a lower carbohydrate, higher fat plan would work for me.  Bob and I had discussed both of us implementing this, but I kept my "overhaul" under the radar because... yep, I was nervous about the potential outcome. But part of moving forward in the field of sports nutrition is to try different nutrition patterns, foods and products for ourselves so that we can continue to evolve the field and educate our athletes.  That walk the talk thing.

Here is a sample of what my nutrition day looked like prior to November 6:

Breakfast: fat-free greek yogurt with blueberries, walnuts, flaxmeal, chia seeds
Snack:  banana, Clif Mojo
Lunch: big salad with tuna, dried sour cherries, fat-free cottage cheese, raspberry vinaigrette
Snack: apple, string cheese, veggies & hummus
Dinner: grilled chicken with BBQ sauce, broccoli, edamame
Snack: low-fat frozen yogurt (3-4 times per week)

Okay, so you can see I am a big eater. Aside from that and some of the nitpicking others will do, this nutrition pattern is decent for supporting stable blood sugar levels except for the frozen yogurt addition. This pattern yields about 235 grams of carbohydrate per day.

Change of plan!  Here is a sample of my current nutrition patterns:

Breakfast: almond butter, unsweetened coconut flakes, coconut milk, whey protein, chia seeds, walnuts (all mixed together)
Lunch: big salad with tuna, avocado, olives, full-fat cottage cheese
Snack: full-fat yogurt, almonds
Dinner: salmon, goat cheese, asparagus, sautéed greens
Snack: Almond milk and dark chocolate (3-4 times per week)

This patterns yields about 80 grams of carbohydrate - a significant reduction!

I had a standard physical done a few weeks before my nutrition intervention and then obtained a more complete lipid panel from Econolabs the day I began my intervention. I also did a Metabolic Efficiency Assessment one week prior to the implementation for a new baselines of how my body was using its fuel sources (fat and carbohydrate).

I can't wait to share with you the results of what I've seen and felt so far.  Check back for Part 2 soon!

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