What to Expect
When working with Amanda, she is likely to suggest lean meats, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, oils, nuts, seeds, legumes, and even ice cream! She realizes that each individual comes from a different nutrition background with different nutritional preferences. Therefore, she works with the athlete to meet them at their current nutritional comfort to change their nutrition in a sustainable way. Research has shown a great correlation between carbohydrate timing, nutrient density and exercise performance. Amanda will use this research to help build the optimal plan for your sport. While it is preferable to eat a whole foods diet and cook all meals from scratch, Amanda is able to help you find that healthy balance between convenience and performance needs.
Empathy and Expectations
Amanda wants all of her athletes to meet all of their goals. Therefore, she speaks directly to what needs to change in order to meet goals. She listens effectively, and looks at daily food choices as "data" that we can problem solve around if anything veers off track. Most importantly, she wants and needs total honesty and openness from her athletes to be an effective ally in their performance goals. Amanda has personally experienced periods in her life of overeating, undereating, feeling extremely balanced and feeling out of control especially during travel. By open discussion around successes and struggles, she will help you feel confident in all of your nutrition decisions.
Like the athletes she works with, Amanda has high expectations and thrives on a challenge. The two of you will work together to define clear goals and work together to get there. Amanda prescribes "homework" after each visit, and she expects you to follow through by the next appointment time. Nutrition changes don't happen overnight, and each athlete must put in the same time and effort in the kitchen that they would put into the gym. By following her program, you can be the best athlete you've ever been.