By Julie Cornelius, MS
When I tell people I am a nutrition coach, they ask me what that means. I wanted to take some time to talk about what I do as a nutrition coach.
1. I create customized daily nutrition plans
This means I take into consideration any special dietary needs you have, what your training involves, what your goals are, what your gender is, and any food preferences you have and I create a custom plan for you. This plan is laid out in a monthly calendar format and involves my recommendations for each meal, snack, and pre/post ride foods.
2. Good healthy food doesn’t need to be hard to make!
Each month, I put together some of my favorite, easy recipes. I aim for ones that are good for leftovers. I know that I don’ t have a lot of time to cook, and eating well doesn’t need to take a lot of time.
3. You don’t have to buy a bunch of weird foods.
There are a lot of interesting, delicious foods out there! The foods I recommend won’t send you on a wild goose chase to find an obscure food. Everything on the plan and in the recipes I provide can be found in your local supermarket.
4. You will probably SAVE MONEY on food.
Eating healthy doesn’t cost a fortune! You would be surprised how much food companies actually add in for processing. Most of the foods on the plan are minimally processed, which means you will likely save money on your grocery bill. Going to the store every week with a strategic shopping list based on your plan can also help prevent extra impulse buys.
5. You won’t follow any fad diets like Paleo, Blood Type, Gluten Free, etc.
Fad diets are just that-fads. The approach I take is one of scientific evidence. That means that the plan will work for whatever your goal is. Trying to lose weight? My approach is based on verified research and years of working with athletes. Want to improve your athletic performance through eating? I have spent years of studying all of the scientific research so that you don’t have to!
6. I realize that being on a strict diet is not sustainable, so you still get to eat your favorite foods and treats!
Indulging in your favorite not-so-healthy foods is actually an important part of your plan. Not including these can lead to overeating of them, so I do build them into your plan. And since your plan is customized, those foods are the ones that YOU love.
7. I help create race day nutrition plans.
This is one area that I get a lot of questions about. I help figure out what the optimal race day nutrition is for each athlete I work with. There are a lot of factors I take into account- the duration of the race, what foods you can tolerate while riding, and personal preferences just to name a few. Race day nutrition plans are included with monthly coaching, and we can create a new one for each specific race you are planning on doing.
8. I offer a lot of support and encouragement!
Changing what you eat to meet your goals is not easy! Food is fun. Food is social. Food tastes good. Food is fuel. Changing habits and creating new ones takes time. I am there to help along the way!
Julie Cornelius, MS is Co-founder of Potential Energy Training & Nutrition. She has an extensive background in nutrition and graduated from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ with both her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science in Nutrition. She has worked in fitness studios helping clients achieve their nutrition goals, spent two years teaching college nutrition courses, and was the founder of Julie Bar, an energy bar company. Julie is a long time cyclist and mountain biker who loves being outdoors. Julie helps individuals to meet their nutrition goals, whether it is eating to win an endurance mountain bike race, losing weight, or just eating to be healthier.