16: Tawnee Prazak-Gibson on how to be a healthy endurance athlete

Released Monday, 30th January 2017
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Tawnee Prazak-Gibson has a tremendous amount of knowledge in the health, nutrition, and training fields. Her background as a stellar athlete and love for triathlons led her to pursue this passion in exercise science, nutrition, and strength training. She hosts a podcast called Endurance Planet where she targets the endurance athlete community. Her journey is relatable and has enabled her to gain valuable experiences to help her clients. Coach Tawnee is an excellent coach willing to help all reach optimal levels of health and wellness. Tawnee’s Journey…3:40 Tawnee was always an athlete but decided to take a break when going into college. Her journey with health truly started when she gained the dreaded ‘freshman fifteen.’ After an initial weight loss due to a dental surgery, she continued dropping dozens of pounds due to anorexia. She quickly realized the need to get healthy and got away from the eating disorder. After college she got back into organized sports; Tawnee loves triathlons and is really good at them! However, her nutrition was not necessarily where it should be for her type of training. Her hormones started to take a hit and her race performance started to tank. She put the racing to bed and focused on getting healthy. She is now about three years into her passion for health. Using functional and naturalistic paths, she was able to restore all her hormones to levels they should be. Dr. Phil Maffetone…16:05 Dr. Phil sticks to what works for him. He does what makes him feel good and what he believes in. We are all different; that is why there are so many different ways to go about nutrition and training. His ability to train athletes is phenomenal and widely respected. Tawnee often uses his training in her methods of coaching. Key principles to stay healthy in daily life and performance…20:20 The biggest thing to remember is that the approach needs to be individualized. The ‘streams’ that everyone else is jumping into might not always work for someone else. Moderation does not appeal to the masses but at the end of the day, it works. It is easy to get stuck in the ‘diet mentality’ or going to the extreme which is why moderation is a smart place to start. Having a positive mindset and loving yourself is a huge part of nutrition, performance and overall well-being. One piece of takeaway advice…23:25 Feed yourself a positive story. We have a tendency to focus on the negatives. Take care of yourself and have a positive outlook. It is easy to be overwhelmed; don’t feed your feelings of stress. Be a person who is able to find the silver lining in all situations. Contact… www.coachtawnee.com

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