Ep 162 – Simple, Sustainable Nutrition with EC Synkowski

Ep 162 – Simple, Sustainable Nutrition with EC Synkowski

There's no diet plan, there's no 30 day challenge that's going to stick with you forever.  You, ultimately at some point, are in the driver's seat.
- EC Synkowski

EC Synkowski is the founder of OptimizeMe Nutrition, a company dedicated to helping anyone improve their health and well being with simple, non-restrictive diet methods.

EC started CrossFit in 2006 and over time her enthusiasm and hard work led to seminar staff and flowmaster positions for the Level 1 and CrossFit Weightlifting courses, a CF-L4 certification, and a career as a Program Manager with CrossFit, Inc.  In 2017, EC stepped down from her position at CrossFit to focus on finishing her second master’s degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine.

From there, she founded OptimizeMe Nutrition, where she focuses on helping individuals understand nutrition physiology and it’s day-to-day application.

She is the creator of the #800gChallenge, a straightforward eating plan that encourages participants to maximize their fruit and vegetable intake and encourages the consumption of whole, unprocessed foods, and it’s slightly more advanced partner, Lazy Macros.

I was excited to catch up with EC for her second appearance on the podcast.  We talked about the 10 Principles of Nutrition, the importance of making sustainable changes to our diet, and the nutrition takeaways she’s gleaned from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This conversation left me feeling inspired, and Dani and I have decided to run a four week challenge using EC's Lazy Macros approach starting on September 28, 2020 for all of our Pursuing Health subscribers!

Our focus will be on eating 800 grams of fruits and vegetables and meeting protein goals each day, with a leaderboard to track people who demonstrate the most consistency with the 800g, protein, workouts, and sleep.

This challenge will be open to all subscribers at no additional fee. We're hosting a live Q+A for our subscribers on the evening of September 24th to answer all your questions and then we'll get started together on the 28th, so if you're not a Pursuing Health subscriber yet, today would be a great time to join!

In this episode we discuss:

  • EC’s 10 Principles of Nutrition
  • Her thoughts on fasting
  • Why the #800gChallenge has such a positive ripple effect on our nutrition
  • Her thoughts on the carnivore diet
  • The Lazy Macro approach
  • The impacts of under and overeating protein
  • Why she started The Consistency Project, and why she keeps tracking so simple
  • EC’s new podcast, The Consistency Project
  • The nutrition takeaways that have been reinforced by the COVID pandemic

You can follow EC on Instagram and Facebook, or on The Consistency Project podcast.

Links:

Related episodes:

Ep 95 - Optimizing Your Nutrition with EC Synkowski

Ep 112 - Eating for Longevity with Dr. Valter Longo

Ep 150 - Pursuing Health Pearls: Our Approach to Nutrition

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

Disclaimer: This podcast is for general information only, and does not provide medical advice. We recommend that you seek assistance from your personal physician for any health conditions or concerns.

This post was originally published on September 22, 2020.

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