Food & Fitness with @rachaelsgoodeats

Pfew...we’re tired! We spent a whirlwind 48 hours in Chicago with @RachaelsGoodEats!

At our first event there, Rachael pulled from her experience as a Registered Dietitian, and spoke about how nutrition plays such a huge role in fueling our abilities in fitness.  This was so interesting to explore, because more often than not, I think we see these things as very linear but they are really attached at the hip.  

Read on to discover a few of the tips Rachael shared when it comes to optimizing our nutrients for the best results in the gym, where supplements can be beneficial, and more.

What supplements do you recommend taking?

Supplements can be SUPER overwhelming. Unfortunately, due to poor quality food, depleted soils & lack of sunlight, it could be very beneficial for you to start incorporating more supplements in your diet, even if you have a diet rich in vitamins and minerals. Vitamin D, Omega-3s, Probiotics and Magnesium are essentials!

What are BCAAs and what are they good for?

Branched chain amino acids, comprised of leucine, isoleucine and valine, of which cannot be produced in the body. These amino acids are found in protein-rich foods like eggs, meat and dairy products, but there are also tons of supplements out there. Some say it can help increase muscle growth, some say it speeds up or aids in muscle recovery!

How do I eat to build muscle or tone out?

There’s more than just resistance and weight training that contribute to gaining more muscle / leaning out! Eating more protein is critical in building more muscle mass, especially after strength training when muscle fibers are repairing from the damage of your workout. Sleep and rest days are huge—this is when the body is repairing itself and needing that extra time for recovery.

Best way to have a healthy diet, but lose weight?

When it comes to losing weight, be careful not to OVER eat carbohydrates. They’re a great source of fuel for our liver and our muscles, so I definitely don’t recommend cutting them out. But as with any macronutrient, if we eat too much, they still need to be stored in our body and they’re stored as fat!

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