I read a lot of nutrition books. Not that this makes me any expert, but I like reading them. I like to experiment with new recipes and ways of cooking. I like to try new foods. I am fascinated by how so many completely different styles of eating can work differently for different people. Can I say “different” more times? Probably.
When I heard about Matt Fitzgerald’s newest book, “The Endurance Diet,” I couldn’t Amazon Prime it into my hot little hands fast enough. Matt has a lot of other really interesting books. I like his straightforward style of writing and I like the stories he shares of athletes as case studies. With “The Endurance Diet,” he went around the world and interviewed elite athletes and looked at their nutrition. Not only what they ate, but their attitude towards food.
He boils the commonalities between the athletes down to 5 core values. I won’t give them all away here, but the result is very little restriction, which I like a lot. He makes a big point to discuss that most elite athletes eat everything. Meat, grains, vegetables, fats, and sometimes beer, pizza, ect. I really enjoyed the stories of the athletes he talks with and visits in the book, and learning about their lifestyle and eating habits.
Something he has discussed in other books, and talks about again in this book, is the “Daily Quality Score.” Basically it is a way of tracking what you eat by the quality, not the quantity. I thought it was a great way of looking food – making sure you are eating more nutrient dense foods than not. I’ll take you through a full day of eating when I used the DQS app.
Breakfast was oatmeal with some collagen, banana, blueberries, goji berries and peanut butter. I also had coffee with a splash of 2% milk, which isn’t pictured. Whole grains, fruit, nuts and about 1/2 serving of dairy. I count the collagen as a 1/2 serving of “high quality processed food.
Lunch was tuna poke with basmati rice, baby carrots and cherries. Vegetables, fruit, fish, and grains. The book talks about rating white rice as a refined grain, and taking away points for that. Not sure I agree with that. Only because I eat so much fiber throughout the day that I sometimes don’t think I need any extra from rice – but whatever, to each their own.
In the afternoon I made a huge shake with cashew milk, spinach, frozen peaches and half serving of protein powder. 2 servings of vegetables, nuts for the cashew milk, fruit and another 1/2 serving of high quality processed food.
Dessert was two small pieces of dark chocolate. 1/2 serving of high quality processed foods.
And that was it! Pretty easy. I like how it adds up positive points. I feel like it takes the focus off what you can’t/shouldn’t have and puts it on what you want to eat. I probably won’t use this tracking system every day, but I have already found I’m using the core values in my daily thought pattern and I loved the overall storytelling in the book. Definitely recommend!