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Ironman Triathlete Brendan Brazier on achieving optimal performance

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"If I didn't pay attention to nutrition, I wouldn't have had a pro-career as an athlete," remarks former ironman triathlete Brendan Brazier and co-founder of the nutrition food brand Vega. Having kept extensive nutrition journals when in training, Brendan was shocked to discover that he was gaining a pound of fat every three weeks. Every doctor he turned to said the same thing: You're putting more calories in than you're burning. But with 40 hours of training a week and a strict vegan-based diet, he couldn't see how that was possible.

On the 28th episode of SRO Conversations, Brendan discusses mindful nutrition, talks about how he was able to listen to his own body needs, achieve rapid recovery after intensive training, and achieve optimal health in everyday life even when not training.   "The goal of eating is not to get more calories, it's to get more nutrition," he says.  "You can be overfed and undernourished. Take white bread, you can feel full but you're really not because you're not getting any nutrients."

Tune in to all SRO Conversations at www.summerrayne.net/podcast.

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