“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.
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Ep 71 – The Sugar Free Revolution with Karen Thomson
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