Off Season Nutrition Plan
It’s been a week, strangers! Here are a few things I have been up to:
Another thing I did was go to an appointment with my sports nutritionist and get set up with an off season meal plan. I mentioned in a previous post that I always allow myself about a month in my year to recover fully from races and eat whatever I want within reason.
Inevitably I will put on a little bit of weight which I am totally ok with. I think it is important to reset both mentally and physically, but I then enter the second part of my off season which is cleaning up the crap. I never limit intake or change food choices while I am training heavily but when I am easing up on activity, it is the perfect time to perfect my diet and make sure I am entering the next season as healthy as I can.
The reason I see a sports nutritionist is because I think it is dangerous to try and play around with this on your own. My sports nutritionist is a triathlete herself and has been working with me and my coach for years. She knows what I need and I trust her. I am open to her new ideas and have fun instigating them as an experiment.
So after a season of eating high carb foods, gels and drinks, she has put me on a detox to prepare my body for my next season of heavy training. No juice cleanses for this girl! Here are a few things that I am doing to get my body in tip top shape for when my training resumes again:
I really don’t love drinking water. Her words to me when I complained of this were “figure it out.” Well, I am trying to add fun things to my water like mango slices, basil, cucumber, lemon, mint, etc. I skip all the nasty, fake flavourings and aim for 2 L a day. I also drink a ton of herbal tea to stay warm and add to my water intake.
2. ALL THE GREENS
I am drinking spinach in my smoothie, eating dark leafy greens and cilantro in my salads and eating half a plate of veggies with dinner. It is a great way to provide my body with nutrition and reinforce my health going into cold and flu season.
3. Liver Support
Every day, I am taking a supplement for liver support to support my body as I clean everything up again. I am also taking fish oil daily to decrease any inflammation.
4. Coconut Oil Pulling
Every morning, I take a tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it in my mouth for 5 minutes. I don’t really love it but it has great benefits and like I said, when she asks me to try something, I do it.
5. A few rules…
My sports nutritionist is really good at focusing me on the things I can do rather than putting rules in place, but through this detox which is for a limited time, I do have a few rules to follow. She has me at one cup of coffee a day which I have a few hours after waking. I am not consuming any sugar throughout the process. I am not consuming any dairy or gluten. Thankfully, with the meal plan she wrote up for me, I just follow it and it’s all good.
A few of you have emailed me with queries regarding who I work with. I am not compensated by my coach or sports nutritionist in any way. I just have worked really hard to find the perfect fit for me and I am really happy with their support.
I work with Dr. Tina Rogers at FLOW Health and Wellness and I am coached by Dave Galloway of the Performance Project. They combine their efforts so my training and nutrition work in concert. As my training plan kicks in later this year, Tina will be working with me on my sports nutrition.