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Should athletes follow a Paleo diet?

The Paleo diet is marketed as a "lifestyle" as it it is described to be "the healthiest way you can eat because it is the only nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energetic because our modern diet is at the root of degenerative diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, depression and infertility." It's a way of eating based on the supposed habits of prehistoric hunger-gatherers or caveman. 
I absolutely agree that the Western diet is too full of refined foods, added sugar, unhealthy fats, extremely processed food and fast, convenient food. As a dietitian, there is absolutely nothing wrong with any dietary approach that favors a reduced intake of processed food and emphasizes real food.

However, there is no basis to removing major whole food food groups, like dairy, whole grains and legumes from the diet. Foods that are wholesome and contain a variety of healthy n…

Athlete spotlight: Ed Peirick - Cancer survivor winning the fight with triathlon

Name: Ed Peirick Age:66 City/State: Fitchburg, Wisconsin Primary sport: Triathlon How many years in the sport: First triathlon was in 2002. Became serious in 2006.  What Trimarni services have you used: Nutrition, long-time friendship

Qualified for 2015 IM Kona, celebrating with our home stay Ed. 

Karel's first IM Kona qualification. Celebrating with a Wisconsin IPA. 
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Describe your athletic background and how you discovered your current sport?


As I child, I always dreamed of being an athlete, but growing up in a large family on a dairy farm, I never had the opportunity to participate in team sports. So I started long distance jogging/running after college to stay in shape but never considered myself an athlete. Then later in my life, a neighbor friend encouraged my 14 year old son to do a sprint tri, teaching him the basics. My son enjoyed it and did very well so he continued to do more of them each summer. Watching & ch…

Everything you need to know about recovery nutrition

You may be surprised to know that vegetarian athletes can easily meet recommended protein recommendations for athletes of 1.2-1.8g/kg/bw protein per day. As a 24.5 year lacto-ovo vegetarian, I have acquired several go-to protein sources in my diet, like cottage cheese, yogurt, milk, tofu, tempeh, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, grains and whey protein.

As a heavy proponent of real food in the daily diet, my food choices become much more functional before, during and after workouts and thus, I see the purpose of food (and engineered products) differently when it's used to support a training session.

As an example, whey protein is often consumed post workout, specifically when I have an intense or long workout (or two workouts close together). There is a tremendous amount of scientific research on whey protein, in relation to athletes, the elderly, menopause, weight management, preventing muscle loss in trauma patients and burn victims and assisting in performance gains.

Seeing that prote…

Snow! A weekend of indoor training and lots of yummy food

In case you didn't hear......


It snowed in Greenville, SC!
It was so pretty to wake up to a white backyard. 


However, Campy was NOT happy when he woke up Saturday morning and discovered all the white, cold stuff outside.
Clearly, he is not impressed with the snow. 


Campy was not interested in walking anywhere that had snow on the ground so it made for an interesting morning for him to find the perfect spot to do his morning business. 


As for the rest of the day, Campy made himself comfortable in the warmest spot in the house. 
Since Campy stuck to his routine of resting all morning, we stuck to our routine of training. 
Karel stationed himself in the fit studio where he was entertained with multiple screens and his Cyclops virtual training and Bkool Pro Smart Trainer app for a little bike trainer fun.


I had our at-home-gym all to myself to suffer and sweat with nothing but me and some jamming music.
Karel wrote a great bike trainer workout for me, which looked more innocent on t…