The Art of Food Tracking (Part 3)

The Art of Food Tracking (Part 3) | Workout Nirvana

I haven’t always been so enlightened about clean eating. In my 20′s and early 30′s I suffered from severe digestive issues that caused me to lie down every day in pain. Every time I ate, my stomach blew up like a balloon, and I felt fatigued and groggy on a daily basis. I accepted this as the norm and didn’t even consider that my diet was contributing. It was something of a transformation when I became aware of what I ate. Once I {Read More…}

The Art of Food Tracking (Part 2)

Art of Food Tracking Part 2

We all eat mindlessly to some extent, even when we eat clean. What and how we eat are set to automatic pilot, which is one reason it’s so hard to make meaningful changes to our diets. But stalking your diet (er, food tracking), even for a short time, can help you make both small tweaks or gradual, bigger changes that have a big impact on your life and health. In Part 1 of this series, I talked about how and why to get {Read More…}

The Art of Food Tracking (Part 1)

The Art of Food Tracking (Part 1) | Workout Nirvana

Tracking your food is incredibly illuminating. And while you might imagine yourself tediously scribbling what you ate on a lunch napkin (to the disdain of your coworkers), food tracking has become more of an art than an inconvenience. The secret to getting the most out of food tracking is having a system. Where food tracking often fails is having a consistent system. Tracking seems novel for the first few days, but soon life gets in the way and you just can’t fit it in. Or {Read More…}

The Guide to Clean Eating on Autopilot

quinoa salad

Clean eating continues to be the easy target of tired attacks in recent years. The in-vogue bashers call it obsessive, overly restrictive, and ill-defined, but these criticisms are ignorant and usually accompanied by a hidden agenda. Ironically, clean eating is a series of simple habits that make obsessing and restricting completely unnecessary. Sure, you can get neurotic about pretty much anything if you have that propensity to begin with, including counting calories, measuring food, weighing yourself, and basically monitoring yourself to the Nth degree. And if you haven’t read Tosca Reno’s The Eat Clean Diet, {Read More…}

Survive the Free Breakfast Buffet, Clean-Eating Style

Not the best breakfast buffet

Oh, how I love free hotel breakfasts. Or to clarify, how I love the price – usually included with the room. It’s rare that I actually love breakfast buffet food. When I’m not busy dodging awkward reaches and jostling by other guests, I’m dodging the horrid food choices. At one hotel breakfast in a sleepy town near a national park, the buffet began with biscuits and gravy, progressed to all-white bread and cereals, and finished off with buttery eggs, slabs {Read More…}

Living Gluten-Free as an Athlete [Guest Post by @LCCotter]


Today I’m excited to have gluten-free expert and blogging buddy Lindsay Cotter here on I’m not gluten-free myself, but I’m sensitive to gluten and have started reducing it. Take a look at Lindsay’s in-depth knowledge about how to work around gluten! ____________ G’day! I’m Lindsay (aka James’ wife) from Cotter Crunch. I am a gluten-free blogger, pro triathlete’s wife (aka the Sherpa), nutrition manager, and yada yada yada. So many titles, should make for some interesting posts, right? Well, {Read More…}