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Nutrition And Fitness Mythbusting With Nathan Jendrick

  • By Sabrina Grotewold
  • Published Sep. 14, 2011
  • Updated Sep. 14, 2011 at 10:59 AM UTC
Adding protein in the form of chicken to your pasta dish.

4. Protein/Carb Mix Has A Powerful Impact

Adding chicken to your pasta dish is an easy way to include protein in your diet and help speed recovery. Photo: cooknutri.com

“A lot of swimmers and other endurance athletes focus on carbs—of course, your body needs that glucose to burn and those glycogen stores, but your muscles can’t recover properly without amino acids. If you’re not getting enough protein, it’s like a Ferrari—you can have all of the fuel [glycogen stores] in the world, but if you’re missing protein, your car is only running on half the cylinders. Megan and I made some simple changes to her diet to include more protein: We have chicken breast with pasta or cottage cheese with mixed fruit.”

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Sabrina Grotewold

Sabrina Grotewold

Sabrina Grotewold is runner and editor based in southern California. Christened the Kitchen MacGyver by her husband, she’s determined to persuade people to eat their veggies.

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