EC Synkowski started CrossFit in 2006 to break out of a globo-gym rut, and shortly thereafter she completed her CrossFit Level 1. Her enthusiasm and hard work eventually led to seminar staff and flowmaster positions for the Level 1 and CrossFit Weightlifting courses, a CF-L4 certification, and a career as Training Program Manager with CrossFit, Inc.
In 2017, EC stepped down from her position at CrossFit to focus on finishing her second master’s degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine. From there, she founded her company, OptimizeMe Nutrition, where she focuses on helping individuals understand nutrition physiology and it’s day-to-day application. Her website provides educational resources and tools so that individuals may find their own ideal nutrition program. She is also the founder of the #800gChallenge, an inclusive eating plan that encourages participants to maximize their fruit and vegetable intake and encourages the consumption of whole, unprocessed foods.
EC and I met up in Cleveland to chat about the importance of food quality and quantity, the tips she has to offer to the majority of the population for better nutrition, and to answer listener questions about trending nutrition topics.
In this episode, we discuss:
- EC’s background and how she became interested in fitness and nutrition
- Her transition to working for CrossFit Seminar Staff
- How EC built her nutrition knowledge and experience
- The founding of OptimizeMe Nutrition
- The best approach to nutrition for 99% of the population
- The process EC uses to get clients on the right track
- Her thoughts on elimination diets
- The importance of food quality, and her approach to the plant vs. animal debate
- Tracking macros and finding balance in measuring food quantity
- EC’s advice for getting your diet back on track after a setback
- Her take on the ketogenic diet trend
- The importance of self-experimentation
- The #800gChallenge
- The role of supplements in a healthy, whole foods diet
- Nutrient timing, fasting, and post-workout nutrition
- EC’s thoughts on sweeteners
- Her thoughts on how cuts can affect hormones
- The approach EC recommends for individuals who want to gain mass
- Her thoughts on eating late at night
- Her favorite resources to learn more
- EC’s daily routine
- The three things EC does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on her health
- One thing she thinks could have a big impact on her health, but that she struggles to implement
- What a healthy life looks like to EC
- Simple Nutrition by EC Synkowski
- The #800gChallenge Chalk Talk
- “Data and Your Diet” with E.C. Synkowski
- The #800gChallenge via SugarWOD
- University of Western States Human Nutrition & Functional Medicine
- Nutrition for the 99%
- Dietary carbohydrate intake and mortality: a prospective cohort study and meta-analysis, The Lancet
- Fruit and vegetable intake and the risk of cardiovascular disease, total cancer and all-cause mortality—a systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of prospective studies
- EC’s recent experience with vitamin D supplementation
- ROAR: How to Match Your Food and Fitness to Your Unique Female Physiology for Optimum Performance, Great Health, and a Strong, Lean Body for Life by Stacy T. Sims, PhD
- Fasting, circadian rhythms, and time restricted feeding in healthy lifespan, Valter D. Longo and Satchin Panda
- My Circadian Clock, Dr. Satchin Panda’s research app
- Chris Kresser
- Chris Masterjohn
- Stephen Guyenet
- John Berardi, Precision Nutrition
13a – Umahro Cadogan on using functional nutrition to create health
13b – Umahro Cadogan on functional nutrition for athletes and recovery from injury
Ep 22 – Brigid Titgemeier on functional nutrition
Ep 39 – Nutrition challenges and Practical Paleo with Diane Sanfilippo
Ep 48 – Jen Widerstrom: Health, Habits and Why You Are Enough
Ep 71 – The Sugar Free Revolution with Karen Thomson
Ep 76 – Working Against Gravity with Adee Cazayoux
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