Eat Smarter Than Your Competition: Functional Nutrition for Athletes

You train your ass off, you never miss a practice, you are at every competition, you take supplements and make protein shakes, all to achieve your goal of being the best at whatever sport you do.  It’s important to you to be coached by the best and it’s their specialized knowledge that enhances your abilities as an athlete.

But what about your nutrition?

One factor that many other programs miss, but at Arete Strength we focus on, is nutrition.  Not just any ol’ nutrition plan, but a functional, biochemically accurate nutrition program that is designed for optimum sport and human performance.

Technology in the field of human biology has advanced so dramatically that we are understanding the intricacy of the atom and the entire system within the atom, so why are you hanging on to the old nutritional formula:



Let’s give this old formula a walker and send it on its way!

What you need to ask yourself with every bite of anything is this:

“Is this going to advance me to achieve my goals?”

“Is it going to enhance my body or take from it?”

Here is an example:  A lot of media attention has been going on about the social, let’s say “opinions” of Chick-fil-a. As a nutritionist, I just deal with the food, and the other day I saw people camping in the parking lot of a new Chick-fil-a to win a year supply of their sandwich for a grand opening. That is 1 sandwich a week for 52 weeks. That equals an additional:

22,880 recreational calories*

8,32g fat (not the good kind)

72,800g salt (heart disease!, hyper tension, hard on kidneys, dehydrating and toxic)

2,184g refine carbs (gut dysbiosis, and converts to sugar which leads to additional fat)


These little chicken sandwiches have ingredients that absolutely do not enhance your sports performance,but GREATLY TAKE AWAY YOUR ABILITY TO PERFORM AT AN OPTIMAL LEVEL AND CAUSE INFLAMMATION IN YOUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM AND MORE IMPORTANTLY YOUR BRAIN.

MSG– The sandwiches have a fair amount of MSG (mono sodium Glutamate) a known excito-toxin for the brain and effects the neurotransmitters in a negative manner.

TBHQ– Chick-fil-A food like items are processed in peanut oil with TBHQ (Tertiary Butylhydroquinone). TBHQ is a synthetic antioxidant agent added to the peanut oil as a preservative.  It contains petroleum- derived butane, yum. Peanut oil becomes rancid when it is used under high temperatures, like frying, giving it more carcinogenic properties and also is a high allergen.

Dimethylpolysiloxane-  a chemical used to combat flatulence…now that is telling about the health factor of these food like items.

High Fructose Corn Syrup- Want to increase your body fat? High fructose corn syrup is a high potency sweetener, and in the body puts your pancreas into over drive. Insulin/ cortisol imbalances will create an environment of hormone imbalances, increasing fat percentages, estrogen levels go up and  testosterone levels go down.  High fructose corn syrup  when combined with these high salt levels makes it very addicting and overwhelming to our senses.

This is the type of education you need in your arsenal as a fierce competitor.  This is how you will know how to chose foods that will not take away from all the hard work you put into it. If you are consuming foods high in nutrients, clean proteins that are efficiently adding to your muscle composition, nutrients that enhance your neurotransmitters and brain making you an intelligent and fast as hell athlete and your body is performing at it top level, THERE IS NO STOPPING YOUR ATHELTIC ARETE AND BECOMING A FORCE TO BE RECOND WITH.

Get educated on how to fuel the machine and crush your competitors.

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*recreational calories are calories consumed that serve no purpose and make you feel like you ate something, but it has no human performance function.

Jennifer Johnson, CCN, CRN

Director of Nutrition, Arete Strength


Jennifer has been studying and researching nutrition for 8 years and counting.  She is very passionate about educating as many people as possible about the Real TRUTH when it comes to food, and how it impacts the body, ones health, and the environment.  If you don’t want to know what your putting into your body, then don’t ask her to lunch.