Sticking to key workout nutrition rules  pays off

Personalised nutrition at work can help senior managers to support their active lifestyle. Our dedicated nutritionist Kate Taylor coached Andrew White to get into the best shape for a race of his lifetime. At 50, the busy MD completed his team GB middle distance triathlon under impressive 4 hours. Congratulations! 

As Andrew tells us it wasn’t all an easy run-up to the big day 

I  failed.

Or rather, technology failed me. My ability to track my food online through an App was let down by a litany of issues with a mobile phone provider.

My phone got broken, I wasn’t allowed a new one under the contract and therefore I had to use a spare office phone with an infinitely smaller memory. It sounds like a ‘dog ate my homework’ tale, but it goes to prove our utter reliance on technology. Unable to download the app I went back to a more traditional method. Simply, eat smaller portions.

Eat smaller meals but eat meals with far more colour. Had I been able to use the app I’d have had a greater understanding of my protein vs carbs intake. But with Kate’s guidance I’ve managed to stick by some simple rules; eat less, eat fresh and eat colourful.

The last week or so has been pretty intense with final preparations and a gruelling training schedule. There was the 3:15 intense session in the turbo followed by a 1:30 run that needed a pretty big calorific intake. In the morning, I quite literally bonked due to an intense 5am start and turbo session where I fuelled really poorly only to then spend the afternoon on a frenzied cake and sugar high.

Eat less, eat fresh, eat colourful

Eat less, eat fresh, eat colourful, sleep well, sleep lots and drink plenty of water. The food journey has been as much of a battle as the early morning starts and lengthy training sessions.

It’s been educational and when I thought tech could be bought in, I thought it would give me the impetus to sort out my diet – much like my online training plan has boosted my fitness as it leaves no wriggle room. Instead I’ve had to rely solely on my mettle to eat the right food.

When it comes to training, I do as I’m told and work well to a tick box mentality. I’ve always struggled with a balanced approach to food, and self-governing has been hard, but it’s achievable and goes to prove that technology doesn’t need to be the defining factor.

A new approach to food, a balanced one

It’s been educational and when I thought tech could be bought in, I thought it would give me the impetus to sort out my diet – much like my online training plan has boosted my fitness as it leaves no wriggle room. Instead I’ve had to rely solely on my mettle to eat the right food.

When it comes to training, I do as I’m told and work well to a tick box mentality. I’ve always struggled with a balanced approach to nutrition, and self-governing has been hard, but it’s achievable and goes to prove that technology doesn’t need to be the defining factor.

Read about the race results here