Cheers to my first blog post! I am celebrating with a glass of wine and my cat, Gus and two Golden Retrievers, Josie and Ellie by my side. Ah, bliss.
How do I feel about food? My food philosophy tends to be a realistic one concerning health and food. I truly believe that food must first and foremost taste good! Secondly, it should be good for you. It doesn’t matter how fantastically healthy food is, if it doesn’t taste good then no one will eat it.
I chose a career as a registered dietitian because I LOVE food. There are days that I watch Guy Fieri or Anthony Bourdain on their respective shows and drool with jealousy as they get paid to eat food. One of the greatest benefits of training and competing in triathlons is that I can indulge (occasionally) in some of my favorite foods (ice cream) and not feel guilty. I have quite the healthy appetite.
Food is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and has the power to bring family and friends together. It also has the ability to heal, nourish and keep our bodies healthy.
Add competitive sports such as triathlon into your life and food just became your fuel source, a vital influence on performance. Think of yourself as a NASCAR race car, if you don’t supply the highest-quality fuel, oil and maintenance care you’re not going to perform at an optimal level.
Fueling your body for any form of exercise doesn’t have to be complicated, but it does require thought, planning, some effort and the occasional trial-and-error. Always keep in mind that you are your own individual, you have your own genetics, body composition, level of activity and food preferences and tolerances. Don’t rely on a standardized diet plan that has the purpose of working for the masses, customize and design your own plan to make it work specifically for you.
As you follow Dietitian That “Tri”s, I hope that you can relate to my tri and food experiences and apply the science of sports nutrition to your life. Happy reading!
Tri hard, eat well.