Co-owner, App Developer, Precision Nutrition Level 1
When I joined CrossFit in 2011, I was a personal trainer at my university. I was health-conscious, but I was opened to a whole new world of knowledge when I joined CrossFit and was introduced to the paleo diet. In combination with getting allergy-tested around the same time, I immediately saw improvements in my energy levels and body composition. After reading all I could about allergies and the autoimmune protocol (clearing your diet of all foods that could potentially cause negative reactions in your system), I discovered how much of an impact diet can have on skin, energy, and even mood.
As I began CrossFitting more, I found that I was growing stronger, but also getting heavier. At first, it was easy to blame CrossFit for making me the dreaded “bulky.” Not willing to give up my beloved training for aesthetic reasons, I decided to work with a figure competition coach, since they seemed to have such a grasp on achieving a desired look. I refused to believe that you could not get stronger while leaning out. I was introduced to weekly meal prep and measuring my food on a scale. Within weeks, I discovered the “bulkiness” was not coming from muscle…but was actually just extra fat! I realized I had been mistaking extra body fat for muscle bulkiness since I was getting stronger in the gym. Finally, I felt like I looked as fit as I was.
A few months down the road, I felt like my body wasn’t responding as well as it used to to the bodybuilding diet. While the abundance of carbs felt like a luxury after eating paleo for years, it was a very low-fat diet, which, after doing some research, I eventually discovered was the cause of my mental fogginess and poor sleep.
I transitioned to a nutrition company’s meal templates, which I found were awesome for achieving my body composition goals. However, even on the maintenance (no calorie deficit) plan and adding extra servings of fat, I always felt hungry and was losing strength in the gym. Without a one-on-one coach, I was unsure how to tailor the plan to my needs. In addition, the format of the templates made them frustrating to use.
In 2016 Adaptive Nutrition meal plans were born when Tyler realized he would prescribe different macros than the meal plans I was following, and I realized I could use my design and computer programming skills to create something much more user-friendly.
In 2017 I earned my Precision Nutrition Level 1 certification, which covers both the science of nutrition and art of nutrition coaching. I plan to work on my Level 2 certification in 2018.
Now I finally feel like I can achieve my performance goals, while feeling healthy and looking my best. My experiences navigating food allergies, low-carb/high-fat, high-carb/low-fat diets, and balancing performance goals with body composition have made me passionate about helping make others’ journey easier. I understand the frustration in trying to figure out things like how to lean out, how many carbs to eat depending on your training that day, or how to balance cheat meals with strict dieting. It is completely possible for anyone to achieve the body they want with commitment and the right plan – we’re here to provide you with the plan!