When talking about something as important as nutrition and goals, it's crucial to partner with someone who knows how to help with your needs. My specialties are optimizing sports performance and improving body composition, and I'm happy to share my own experiences in learning to live with an autoimmune condition. My goal is to understand your feelings about how you look, how you feel, and how you perform. From there, I will recommend strategies to help you reach your goals.
By way of a quick introduction, I'm a Certified Sports Nutritionist from the International Society of Sports Nutrition, a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach, a CrossFit Level 3 Trainer and a USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach. I earned a B.S. from Stanford University in Management Science & Engineering where I set the school record in the hammer throw, and was formerly a member of the CrossFit HQ Seminar Staff. As a competitor, I was an NCAA All-American and nearly qualified for the 2008 Olympics as a 200 pound hammer thrower with a best throw of 68.60m, tried to earn a spot on the 2014 US World team in Olympic-style weightlifting with a total of 211kg at 5'11" and 75kg (also known as 165 pounds with all the veins in my belly visible), and am happiest as a 79kg 5x Individual Regionals-level CrossFitter (2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016) with body composition of around 16% (per DXA scan). I've been fortunate to learn from some of the best coaches in the business.
I've been the co-owner of Arena Ready CrossFit for nearly five years, and in that time our gym has helped hundreds of clients reach and exceed their goals in CrossFit, Weightlifting, and life in general. People in our gym lean out, get stronger, gain confidence, and seem to enjoy life at the same time. As experience relates to my own eating habits, growing up my family ate pretty healthy, and in my teenage years we spent time influenced by the Zone Diet. During college I tried a lot of things that didn't work, and since starting CrossFit, I've found great success toggling between a focus on food quality and food quantity with varying degrees of precision based on the specificity required by my goals. I know first-hand what it is to be in the Arena - facing triumph and failure, PRs and injury, restraint and temptation.
I firmly believe that one size fits all never really fits anyone. I've studied and tested the Paleo Diet, the Zone Diet, the Whole 30, intermittent fasting, carb backloading, and "macros." Each of these methodologies contains some gems which I'll likely recommend to you at some point in time. I also believe that sometimes the goal is to create physical change, and other times the goal is to experience psychological acceptance. There will be times when I challenge you to change your habits, and use a lot of thought or willpower to change your life. There will be other times when I ask you to put away the scale, drop the measuring cups, and learn to understand your hunger and cravings as powerful tools which can inform you about your body's needs. I will always ask you to evaluate why you're setting a particular goal, because without understanding the why, I don't think you can ever really commit to the goal.