Ep 95 – Optimizing Your Nutrition with EC Synkowski

Ep 95 – Optimizing Your Nutrition with EC Synkowski

“It’s really figuring out quality and quantity. It’s really making sure that the diet has consistently whole, unprocessed foods in it, and then making sure that we’re not eating too much. And we’re all at a different point in that spectrum, right? So, some of us… you know, you can kind of continue on that spectrum forever of, keep making changes, or if you hit a rough patch in your life, or job, stress, life, family, whatever, that you just have to re-commit, and ‘Shoot, do most of meals look like real food, and am I not eating too much?’ And, that’s sort of my belief for the 99% that we all… I’m there. I mean, I’m pretty into this and I still am like, ‘Ok, I gotta recommit to doing better on eating whole, unprocessed foods,’ and ‘Oh, I can’t eat too much.’ So, that’s really my belief, and just having people understand that in their diet and not trying to do anything fancy, but just understand ‘Ok, yeah, I went out on the weekend and I had too much…. That was too much, I can’t do that every weekend,’ and that type of thing.” – EC Synkowski

EC Synkowski started CrossFit in 2006 to break out of a globo-gym rut, and shortly thereafter she completed her CrossFit Level 1.  Her enthusiasm and hard work eventually led to seminar staff and flowmaster positions for the Level 1 and CrossFit Weightlifting courses, a CF-L4 certification, and a career as Training 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 her company, OptimizeMe Nutrition, where she focuses on helping individuals understand nutrition physiology and it’s day-to-day application.  Her website provides educational resources and tools so that individuals may find their own ideal nutrition program. She is also the founder of the #800gChallenge, an inclusive eating plan that encourages participants to maximize their fruit and vegetable intake and encourages the consumption of whole, unprocessed foods.

EC and I met up in Cleveland to chat about the importance of food quality and quantity, the tips she has to offer to the majority of the population for better nutrition, and to answer listener questions about trending nutrition topics.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • EC’s background and how she became interested in fitness and nutrition
  • Her transition to working for CrossFit Seminar Staff
  • How EC built her nutrition knowledge and experience
  • The founding of OptimizeMe Nutrition
  • The best approach to nutrition for 99% of the population
  • The process EC uses to get clients on the right track
  • Her thoughts on elimination diets
  • The importance of food quality, and her approach to the plant vs. animal debate
  • Tracking macros and finding balance in measuring food quantity
  • EC’s advice for getting your diet back on track after a setback
  • Her take on the ketogenic diet trend
  • The importance of self-experimentation
  • The #800gChallenge
  • The role of supplements in a healthy, whole foods diet
  • Nutrient timing, fasting, and post-workout nutrition
  • EC’s thoughts on sweeteners
  • Her thoughts on how cuts can affect hormones
  • The approach EC recommends for individuals who want to gain mass
  • Her thoughts on eating late at night
  • Her favorite resources to learn more
  • EC’s daily routine
  • The three things EC does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on her health
  • One thing she thinks could have a big impact on her health, but that she struggles to implement
  • What a healthy life looks like to EC

You can follow EC on Instagram,  and you can follow OptimizeMe Nutrition on Instagram and Facebook.


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Ep 22 – Brigid Titgemeier on functional nutrition
Ep 39 – Nutrition challenges and Practical Paleo with Diane Sanfilippo
Ep 48 – Jen Widerstrom: Health, Habits and Why You Are Enough
Ep 71 – The Sugar Free Revolution with Karen Thomson
Ep 76 – Working Against Gravity with Adee Cazayoux

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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

This post was originally published on September 18, 2018.

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