Episode 11: Nail Your Nutrition and Fueling


Underneath the Purple Patch Pillar of Nutrition, there are two main components:

  1. Fueling - This encompasses the calories you consume during a workout and immediately following

  2. Nutrition - This includes your daily eating habits outside of training including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

In this episode packed with meaningful and easy-to-implement guidelines, Matt goes into depth on both fueling and nutrition with a case study of a real-life Purple Patch athlete, Mike. Mike is like most age group athletes. He’s a busy executive, but dedicated to his training and achieving high-performance in both work and training. He joined Purple Patch to “get to the next level.” He trains most mornings and is highly motivated to reach his training goals. The biggest problem? Mike doesn’t fuel properly.

Matt starts the episode with a discussion on FUELING, the biggest contributor to your success. He answers:

  • Why is fueling during and post-workout so important?

  • What functions does proper fueling serve to my overall performance in work and in sport?

  • What are the common pitfalls and mistakes around fueling?

  • How do I know what to eat?

  • What are parameters and ABCs around proper fueling?

  • What are the causes and dangerous effects of improper fueling?

  • How do I know if I’ve got the formula right?

In the second half of the episode, Matt moves on to the global platform of health: NUTRITION

One of your goals, he says, is to not fall for evangelism. “Get it mostly right,” he stresses, and don’t fall prey to athletic starvation or to gluttony. You can be successful without counting calories.

  • What is the most important meal of the day?

  • What are the main benefits and effects of good nutrition balance?

  • How should I structure my eating throughout the day?

  • What are the warning signs that my nutrition is off?

  • What are the potential dangers of under or over-eating throughout the day?

  • What types of foods are best for me?

This episode is the perfect foundation and lead-in to Matt’s next episode with the Purple Patch resident Endurance Sports Nutritionist, Kyla Channell.