Oats, Not Paleo?

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There is a lot of hype these days about how our diets can either increase or decrease athletic performance.  Not too long ago Paleo nutrition books dominated the NY Times Bestsellers list, pushing carbs to the brink of extinction.  Many still swear by the neurodevelopmental miracles of Gluten-Free Casein-Free and GAPS diets.  Let’s not forget the vegan movement.  The Bay Area, a foodie mecca, is the place where sustainable and humane took organic to another level.  Today, some even claim certain foods can connect you to your spirit guides and cure anxiety.  Where should we turn for reliable information relating to Girevoy Sport?

What better way to save money and find out what champions in the Sport REALLY eat for athletic success than to interview our competitive lifters here at the Ice Chamber?  Shai-El Andrews went to task to find out…


Jen: “1/2 cup of oats, cooked with 1 cup water; about 1 tsp of butter stirred into the cooked oats; and two fried eggs over the top with a bit of salt & pepper. yum!”

Sayaka: “I love oatmeal too: with a hint of brown sugar, milk and cut up banana. I also tend to go for things that are easy to make: bagel with cream cheese with a piece of fruit often does the trick or a bowl of cereal (I love trader joes o’s) with cut up fruit. A piece of whole wheat bread with peanut butter topped with banana. If on the road, cliff bars are great (I like chocolate chip flavor). I find that meal timing is essential too.  I like to eat a good 1.5 hours before a workout to give myself enough time to digest. Lastly, and perhaps the most important, I find that downing a large glass of water about an hour before your workout (I put BCAA amino acids in my water) gives me more energy. I think drinking more water is the number 1 thing you can do to increase your athletic performance.”

Jess: “my favorites: Taco Bell 1. iced lowfat mocha and 1 banana, 2. 1/2 cup of oatmeal and 1/2 cup of soy milk, 3. 1 slice of bread, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and 1/2 banana”


Sarah Mac: “When I’m in a rush, a vega protein bar. Otherwise, here are some other favorites: 1. Toast with boiled egg and anchovies, 2. 1/2-1 frozen banana, ice, protein powder, water, pb2 made into a smoothie, 3. And I second Jen on the oatmeal with eggs. I do steel cut and make a bunch ahead of time and freeze it. Add a tiny bit of pumpkin pie spice or brown sugar or cinnamon or frozen fruit.”


Melissa: “Personally my two favorites are Benchmark pizza, a peanut butter & jelly sandwich with a glass of milk or a bagel and cream cheese. If I get this in 30-40 minutes before a tough workout, I know my body is properly prepped!”

There you have it folks.  The winning formula is… nonexistent.  Choosing what to eat is as much a personal choice as choosing what NOT to eat.  Mass media has us spending more time thinking about eating than actually training.  We support whatever you select as your dietary philosophy.  What we don’t support is a notion that somehow any diet is better than another.  This notion of superior eating seems to place undue judgement on people.  We say eat to enjoy life, but do not let life eat your joy.  Train hard and stay logical.  One love.