A bowl of oatmeal with brown sugar, cranberries and mixed nuts as the optional toppings. A non fat strawberry Greek yogurt cup A bowl of fruit. A cinnamon roll.
The number one question I got asked when I announced my retirement from track and field: “What’s next?” I couldn’t answer it because I didn’t know. But three things I did know for certain:
- I could never do something I didn’t love.
- I want the freedom to be able to work from anywhere and make my own schedule.
- I am passionate about healthy food and food education.
During my time as an athlete, I’d have family members and friends call me and say things like:
— “I’m going to Palm Springs in a week and need to lose 10 pounds quick! What should I do?”
— “Uhhh…Is that even possible?”
— “I wish my legs were as toned as yours. What do I do to get those?”
— “Well, I run and workout 6 days a week for hours. Can you quit your job?”
I know these questions seem silly and rhetorical, but this is what our society has come to. Wanting the quick fix without having to change much or do the hard work.
I’m sick of reading about “quick fixes” and other misinformation on food. I’m sick of hearing about and seeing people chronically diet and fail. The reason this happens is because these “diets” are unbalanced and extremely restrictive: no carbohydrates, no sugar or fruit, high protein and high fat, etc.
I fully believe in changing your lifestyle so that your “diet” is one that is easily maintainable, not a struggle. I don’t believe in total restriction. I believe in enjoying real food, understanding where your food comes from, how it makes you feel, and what it actually does from the time you put it in your mouth to the time you eliminate it.
This approach worked for me as a professional athlete and I fully believe that it helped me reach my athletic goals. Now I want to help you change your lifestyle and come up with the best and most balanced diet for you.