Overview of Nutrition Programs:
Our nutrition program is predicated first on educating the individual about which foods and nutrients can aid in physical achievement and bolster mental acuity, and then on establishing sustainable habits for life at any age. A nutrition analysis is the fundamental step in this process.
The nutrition analysis examines fluid intake, protein, carbohydrates (both refined and whole), fats (monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and saturated), fiber, electrolytes, and mindless eating “triggers”. Macronutrient needs are then determined based upon the individual’s activity levels, lean muscle mass, goals, and other factors. The analysis also identifies “triggers” that prompt poor eating habits: typically these are a combination of stress, poor hydration, low electrolytes, limited carbohydrate intake after workouts, poor sleep, or emotional eating.
We will help implement the following nutrition techniques:
- Our goal is to empower our clients to create sustainable, lifelong eating habits that will provide nutrients necessary for muscle growth, increase work capacity, support post-workout recovery, and sustain mental focus. The foundation of this begins with eating ample Superfoods (S Pratt, K Matthews, 2004). Our approach never includes “deprivation”, “fad diets”, or “trendy supplements”.
- Macronutrient timing should be addressed on a daily basis, according to the needs of the individual’s training phase, activity levels, goals, school/work schedule, and other inputs. These techniques will ensure that the client consumes ample calories and nutrients necessary to compete physical and mental challenges.
- Food and fluid choices from the previous 24 hours will promote or hinder a workout or mental challenge. Hence, food choices need to be planned in advance, and a “busy schedule” is never an excuse for poor choices. Small snacks providing fiber, protein, fats, and nutrient-dense carbs are vital. Trail mix with almonds, raisins, multigrain cereal, soynuts, dried fruits are excellent choices.
- Foods that are closer to their source, or in their pure, unaltered state, should be the basis of a performance nutrition plan. From an evolutionary and metabolic perspective, humans have not evolved the capacity to metabolize highly refined and trans-fat laden foods. Some additional nutritional benefits can be obtained by adding nutraceuticals to your diet.
- Other more advanced techniques will be provided according to individual needs (weight loss, muscle gain, lower cholesterol, reduce heart disease risk, etc.)
Programs are not intended to diagnose or treat any condition. Always check with your doctor before beginning a new workout or nutrition regimen.