Ninja Camp Day 5: Trust yourself

February 20th, 2009  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  6 Comments

Last night I gave a talk to the Ninja Camp ladies about the basics of sports nutrition. They didn’t fall asleep, which is awesome especially considering that it started at 9 pm after a full day of getting our asses kicked.

In the talk I discussed the issue of observing your own body and using this evidence to assess the quality of your nutrition program. Afterwards, a woman came up to me and asked about her eating habits. She’d been eating low carb/high fat and feeling fantastic both mentally and physically, but was concerned because she’d read conflicting advice about whether one “needs” carbs or “should” regularly refeed.

So I asked her two questions:

1. How do you feel?

2. Are you accomplishing your goals?

The responses:

1. Fabulous.

2. Yes, absolutely! She could train for 4 hours and not feel fatigued, and she’d lost 15 lbs.

That is all the evidence anyone should need. Good nutrition that is right for your body will make you feel great. It will help you recover and perform your best. It will keep your moods on an even keel. Based on the available evidence, this was the right choice for her.

There is no one-size-fits-all nutrition prescription. People vary widely in their ability to tolerate and benefit from particular nutrients — particularly carbohydrates. Use evidence and observation to make your decisions about your body. You know your body better than anyone else.

Stop and ask yourself right now:

1. How do I feel?

2. Am I accomplishing my goals?

If you don’t like the answers, you need to make changes. If your answers are like this woman’s, then keep on truckin’!


  1. Stephanie says:

    February 20th, 2009at 11:06 pm(#)

    I have recently started including more healthy fats in my diet and stopped eating carbohydrates like bread and pasta and I feel great. I get my carbs through vegetables and fruits. It has made a huge difference in the way I feel and my motivation. I am definitely accomplishing my goals and hungry for more progress. I am working on my squat form, using instructions from this site, I CAN NOT WAIT until I can do full squats without holding onto something, and then add weight, and add more weight and more weight….

    This site is great.

  2. ClpX says:

    February 21st, 2009at 5:22 am(#)

    Oh, darnit, this is a good one. I’ve always liked this site, but I like it more every day. You should write a book, even if it would be awfully short. ie: The above post, plus a lifting troubleshooter: Are you lifting enough? Can you lift it without getting injured? Does it make you grunt? Great! :)

  3. Ms .45 says:

    February 22nd, 2009at 5:14 am(#)

    Conversely, I eat shit-tons of bread and pasta and also feel fantastic. I don’t eat much fruit (just don’t like it) and I had to cut out my favourite cheeses (no-one needs to eat an entire wedge of brie by themselves, no matter how many ‘good fats’ it contains), but I’ve lost 19kg and I don’t have bingo wings any more! Yay carbs!

  4. Moggie says:

    February 23rd, 2009at 2:09 pm(#)

    Ah-ha!! My friend April was in that class. As soon as she gets enough coffee in her to talk straight, I’m going to pick her brain about your talk.

  5. Mistress Krista says:

    February 23rd, 2009at 9:49 pm(#)

    Cool — small world! I’ve sent the slides to Felicia/Alaina to post on the website, so they should be available eventually.

  6. OMGBFFA says:

    March 7th, 2009at 12:58 pm(#)

    They’re on the website now, available to all campers who have signed up as members.

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