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A Nutritionist’s Approach to Weight Loss for Climbing

Photo credit: Trail Mavens

Photo credit: Trail Mavens

In my experience as a chef and a nutritionist, I’ve found there are a few simple components to a successful weight loss regimen:

  1. Eat Real Food
  2. Train More
  3. Cardio
  4. Time
  5. A Positive Mindset

No one element will work perfectly if adopted on its own.  Personally, I combine all of these tactics, with slight modifications.  Each individual and each body will respond to these components differently, so it’s important to see what you like and what is working at that time. 

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Nutrition For Climbers: 10 Tips for a Stronger Body

IMG_0008Recently I had the pleasure of getting to spend a morning with Lisa Caldwell, nutritionist, chef, and climber (who you may remember from her post Nutrition for Climbers: Basics of Food). We spent some time climbing, split a snack, and then got down to talking all about food, one of her favorite subjects. I talked to Lisa about some of my concerns and also some of my not-so-great habits (e.g. skipping breakfast, not eating when I’m hungry, just reaching for “whatever is available” i.e. processed foods) and got some great tips in return. While a lot of these were common sense, it was really helpful for me to hear them in the context she provided me with, so I thought I would pass it along to you. Read on for 10 tips to a stronger, healthier bod!

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Nutrition For Climbers: Basics of Food

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Here at Crux Crush, we just love food. A big part of our weekly Ladies Night is that we cook for one another and enjoy a meal together after a night of climbing hard. But, with all the information that is available out there about what to eat, it can get really confusing (to eat gluten or not to eat gluten, etc, etc). On top of that, training for a sport adds another layer of complexity. Today we have a guest post from Chef, Nutritionist, and climber Lisa who is going to help clear some things up for us about food. This is the beginning of a multi-part series on nutrition for climbers.

Climbing is a demanding sport on our bodies and on our minds. We want to be as light as a feather, climb all the rock in a single attempt with super human strength, see beta without tape, and not freak out when the brain spiders set in. We require strength, endurance, power, sustained energy, flexibility, and some level of insanity. So, how does nutrition factor into all of this? Today let’s start with a glossary of terms, so we’re all on the same page:

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