Strength athletes have unique nutrient requirements that often go unfulfilled due to lack of knowledge. Food myths are everywhere, and knowing what your body needs seems complicated. Follow this blog and learn how simple it is to eat in order to maximize your performance on the platform, in the weightroom, or on the field. The Strength Agenda follows clean eating principles, but with an emphasis on practicality. We believe that the smartest, healthiest approach to nutrition for strength athletes is to eat a diet heavy in protein, filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, supplemented with complex carbohydrates, and complemented with the right vitamins and supplements. We also firmly believe that a huge slice of chocolate cake will not kill you.

The way I eat, and will show you how to eat, is easy. If it’s grown on a farm, it’s okay to eat. Was it alive at one point? That’s probably okay, too. Was it created in a lab or you can’t pronounce the ingredients? Not okay. Meals typically follow the same format, though they’re very different because I don’t want to get bored eating the same thing over and over. Your plate should have a protein (generally lean), a complex carb, and lots of veggies. What’s so awesome about eating this way is that if you eat enough calories and keep up with a solid training strategy, you will gain mass, but be lean. If you’re looking to lose weight, you can eat the exact same stuff, just less of it. Calories in, calories out. I know it sounds like an empty promise, but while I’ve gained 10 lbs., my wife has eaten the same food and lost 15 lbs.

I’m not a miracle worker. I’m just a guy who wants to offer you what I wish I had had when I started serious strength training. Don’t be dumb. I’m not a licensed medical professional, so make sure to talk to your doctor before starting any new eating and exercise regimine, yadda yadda, more legal speak here.

**Many of the recipes you see are naturally gluten-free. Sometimes, we’ll feature recipes that are specifically made to be gluten-free. While I believe in the merits of avoiding processed food (and with that, gluten), I mainly avoid gluten in my diet because my wife has Celiac disease, and consuming gluten (or coming into contact with it) can make her sick. While eating mostly GF, I have found that I felt better, and want to share these great recipes with other athletes.