In this episode we have Kira Sutherland, an Australian Naturopath and Sports Nutritionist with more than 20 years in clinical practice. Kira's focus in performance nutrition led her to be the first Naturopath in Australia to undertake the International Olympic Committees diploma in sports nutrition. She is the 2019 winner of the BioCeuticals Integrative Medicine Award for Excellence in practice (Nutrition/Dietetics).
In this chat we discuss the link between the gut microbiome and our mental, emotional states and the ultimate intelligence of the body to self regulate. We talk athlete body types, athlete weight obsession and disordered eating.
We discuss athletic dietary trends and fads and the performance implications that surround our decisions, and sometimes the consequence of not paying enough attention to the awareness around the signals that out bodies are sending us.
We speak of the massive role intuition plays in correct nutrition practices, both in races and in training, and learning how to dial into the internal messages the gut is sending and what it means.
Naturally we talk pre-race diet and race day nutrition plans. The importance of only making subtle dietary changes in race week. Removing the complexity and keeping it simple, avoiding race day disasters set in motion by not trialing enough in training or the big mistake of changing too much leading into races.
This chat was one I was looking forward to having and I'm sure there will plenty of take homes for any athlete taking the time to listen in.