To start, Registered Dietitian Sydney Anderson outlined a plan focusing on a combination of Medical Nutrition Therapy and Sports Nutrition. Sydney began meeting with Cheslun weekly to create an optimized, sustainable dietary plan to better manage his diabetes while also fueling him for intense gym workouts and long distance runs.
Over a period of 5 Months, a comprehensive, tailored strategy for Cheslun was implemented; emphasizing accountability, habit change and building a healthier relationship with food (to not only create big short term changes, but to ensure that the changes stick.) Cheslun was tasked with continuing to show up while the Chain Effect team did their part by guiding him through each step of the process and supporting him when times got tough.
Our experts and Cheslun began tracking his dietary intake via My Fitness Pal (or MFP) and eventually Nutritionix (both food tracking apps.)
With a more complete picture of Cheslun’s situation, macronutrient goals (especially protein and carbs) were adjusted to be consumed consistently throughout the day at regular intervals, culminating at six times daily every two to four hours. This increased Cheslun’s intake of total calories, fiber-rich carbohydrates (including starches, fruits and vegetables), fluids and electrolytes to better support his active lifestyle while decreasing his consumption of fats and refined carbohydrates. More frequent meals (a natural means of helping to manage his diabetes and appetite) also helped Cheslun maintain consistent blood sugar levels during the day.
Cheslun’s new higher-calorie, higher-carbohydrate, higher-fiber, moderate-protein and moderate-fat dietary plan centered around fueling his exercise and activities, with a focus on pre-, during- and post- workout timing on training and race days. This plan was backed by more home-cooked, balanced meals (per the Athlete’s Plate method) and advanced meal preparation (including more substantial snacks) and greater food-pairing methodology (such as carbs and fiber with proteins or fat.)
To further manage Cheslun’s diabetic and performance needs, greater emphasis was placed on blood sugar and sweat rate monitoring alongside the addition of electrolyte containing beverages and nutritional supplements, including a daily multivitamin, vitamin D3, fish oil and beet powder (for running performance.)