SportFuel® Approach

SportFuel® incorporates nutrition strategies that have worked for players of the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, and other elite and professional athletes into everyday living.

At SportFuel®, we believe the best way to fuel the body is as nature intended--with pure whole foods. Choosing minimally processed organic foods ensures a nutrient-rich diet that is free from chemicals, harmful pesticides and genetic modification. This way of eating is best for performance enhancement, balancing weight, and promotion of overall wellness and vitality.

Eat Premium Fuel as Nature Intended

  • Eat foods that will rot or spoil, but eat them before they do!

  • Eat foods that our grandparents would recognize as food.

  • Avoid processed foods such as egg beaters, margarine, refined cereals, grains and pastas.

Limit Added Sugars

  • Keep inflammation and injury at bay by limiting or avoiding sweetened beverages, fruit juices, sweets, processed snack foods and baked goods.

  • Choose nature’s candy (fresh fruit) or a taste of extra dark chocolate to satisfy sweet cravings.

  • When fueling for optimal performance, consider the right type, timing and quantity of carbohydrate needed for activity. A habitual intake of processed grains will not give you a competitive edge!

Choose Healing Fats

  • Choose organic cold-pressed unrefined extra-virgin olive oil in a dark bottle, organic extra-virgin unrefined coconut oil, organic duck fat, grass-fed lard (US Wellness Meats -, olives, sprouted nuts and seeds, ground flaxseed, avocado, organic pastured butter, and ghee.

  • Cook with heat stable fats such as butter, coconut oil, ghee (cow or goat), lard and duck fat.

  • Never heat vegetable oils or olive oil!

Consume Clean Proteins

  • Select quality protein sources such as cold-water fish (wild salmon), 100% grass-fed meats, eggs, and poultry. Leave the skin on chicken for extra vitamins and minerals, as long as it’s organic!

  • Choose meats and animal products that are grown without added hormones or antibiotics, such as sustainable pastured raised meats, poultry, and eggs.

  • Grass-fed cattle have 5-10 times the amount of omega-3 fatty acids and other healthful fatty acids, especially CLA, compared to corn-fed cattle. Better nutrition for the animal translates to improved health and nutrition for you!

Go Gluten-Free or Gluten-Light

  • Starchy vegetables and unprocessed gluten-free properly prepared grains such as rice, quinoa and buckwheat are best for providing carbohydrate fuel needed for athletic activity. Gluten-containing processed foods promote inflammation and put stress on the intestinal, immune and nervous systems.

  • Over-consumption of gluten has been linked to the development of food intolerances, digestive issues including leaky gut, fatigue, weight imbalances, skin and mood disorders and an increased risk for autoimmune diseases.

  • Give it a go! Go gluten-free for six weeks and document any physical and psychological changes. Be sure to emphasize real foods vs. processed gluten-free items during this time as well. Switching to gluten-free pancakes and cookies is a step in the right direction, but will not produce the same benefits as nature-packaged real food!

Avoid Chemicals, Dyes and Hormones

  • Choose organic, locally grown produce whenever possible.

  • Wash all produce thoroughly.

  • Eat a rainbow of colors: red (apple and red peppers), orange (carrots and sweet potato), yellow (yellow onion and zucchini), green (broccoli and asparagus), blue (blueberries), and purple (grapes and purple potatoes).

  • Avoid artificial food coloring and flavors.

For more nutrition consultation or education, please visit SportFuel.