Why Nutrition for Optimal Performance May Contradict Nutrition for Optimal Health

When your race fueling and prep calls for sugary drinks and gels, how do you balance optimal nutrition for your running performance with what’s best for your optimal health?

To get answers, we turned to Dr Krista Scott-Dixon, the curriculum designer at Precision Nutrition, one of the top nutrition certification and coaching programs in the world.

In this episode, we discuss…

  • Eating for top performance vs optimal health.
  • The tricky subjects of weight loss and metabolism change.  
  • Why nutrition is more complicated than just calories in and calories out
  • And how we can have a more holistic approach to fueling our bodies.

Krista’s more holistic approach to nutrition is so refreshing and I think we all can take a step back and think about what is best for our goals right now, and for the long term to be sure that we are runners for a long, long, life.

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When coaching endurance runners of all levels to be their best, I always emphasize the need for proper hydration with the right balance of electrolytes. Most athletes I’ve coached are surprised to learn that their sodium needs are actually much higher than they expected and it’s been hurting their performance. 

Part of the reason athletes need much more sodium than they think is not just because they lose electrolytes through their sweat, but also because athletes tend to eat very healthy diets.  They’ve been told that salt is a bad thing in food and frequently don’t get enough for their lifestyle. 

Much of the science of sodium is based on people who eat highly processed diets which also are very low in potassium. It could actually be the low potassium levels causing the issues that sodium has been blamed for! 

What is clear is that both sodium and potassium at the proper levels are essential for high performance (and for life in general!). 

That's why we partnered with LMNT to offer a free sample pack of their electrolyte mix.

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