Steph Lowe is a triathlete, Sports Nutritionist and the Founder of the Natural Nutritionist, a business based in Melbourne dedicated to teaching how easy real food living and performance can be.
The foundation of her approach is a whole foods, lower carbohydrate, higher fat (or LCHF) lifestyle, which she also describes as JERF (just eat real food).
Given the impact that food and carbohydrates, in particular, has on cortisol (our stress hormone), nutrition is one of Katee’s major recommendations for managing your weight as well as your stress levels, enabling you to develop happy hormones.
Plus, Katee and Steph are personally friends, share the same philosophy around nutrition and training professionally and have worked with many of the same athletes over the years (including several Sparta Chicks).
In this conversation, we discuss:
- the profound impact removing gluten had on Steph’s physical and mental health,
- why food is medicine,
- the benefits of adopting an LCHF lifestyle (and whether you would experience the same benefits if you are not gluten intolerant),
- the most common tell-tale symptoms a person might have that would benefit from adopting an LCHF lifestyle (listen up if you have 3.30-itis, you get hangry or if you experience cravings!),
- the impact of gut health on your hormonal cycle, PMS and immune system,
- the added benefits of adopting an LCHF lifestyle for athletes (including for those who struggle with weight loss despite heavy amounts of training),
- the difference between LCHF and a keto diet, the confusion between the two and why she doesn’t recommend a keto diet to athletes,
- why carb-loading doesn’t make sense and why the intensity of your training should dictate your carb intake (not what stage of training you’re in),
- how to make the transition to an LCHF lifestyle and the ideal time to do it, and
- the benefits of fasting (and how to capitalise on what you’re already doing).
Notes and resources:
Steph’s book ‘Low Carb, Healthy Fat Nutrition’ will be published in November, 2018.