Sports Nutrition Part 3: Fuel Up

Consuming meals properly and within the appropriate time frame can decrease workout recovery time and increase muscle growth.  This post explores pre and post workout meals.

Pre Exercise.  For the casual exerciser, keep your diet practical.  I suggest eating a square meal about 4 hours before your workout.  Avoid meals that are high in fat (whole dairy products, nuts, and fried or processed foods) and fiber (fiber bars, beans, and legumes).  Exercisers should also avoid foods that are not typical to their diets as the body may not digest them well.  The goal is to keep the digestive system moving quickly to avoid gastrointestinal stress.  The ability to break down food quickly is important to nutrient absorption.

About 30 minutes before physical activity, carbs should be eaten for quick energy.  It is best if the carbs are fast digesting.  Most fruit will fall under this category.

Post Exercise.  Refueling the body is vital to the recovery process.  After exercise, your body’s cells soak up the nutrients like a sponges.  Post exercise meals should be consumed in a 4:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein.  Don’t worry!  I made it easy for you.  Below, I listed a few snacks that fit this mold.  Meals should be consumed within 30 minutes after your workout.

1/2 whole wheat bread peanut butter sandwich

1 – 80z  glass of low-fat milk (endurance athletes drink low-fat chocolate milk)

Smoothie with low-fat milk and fruit

Remember, consistency is key.  It is important it is good to eat a well-balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, grains, healthy fats, and proteins to prevent deterioration of the muscles.

Tawnie Goodwin


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Cucumber Mint Milkshake

Cucumber Mint Milkshake


This is one of my new favorite things.  The recipe is low in carbs and high in nutrients, protein, and flavor.  It is super easy to make.  Throw it together and blend.


1 cup ice

2 mint leaves

1/4 large cucumber

1 cup spinach

1 scoop vanilla whey protein

1 cup 30 calorie almond milk or skim milk–the whey protein adds substance

1 squeeze of a lemon (about 1/2 to 1 tsp)

1/4 T ground cinnamon (velvet finish)

1/8 tsp ground ginger

1 packet truvia or a stevia leaf (optional)

Your going to love it!

Tawnie Goodwin



Good PostureSwan Dive

Yesterday I went to the Miss Collinsville Scholarship Pageant to help with the Rising Star Program (young girls mentored by women in the system.)  The girls got to take their picture with the then current Miss Collinsville, Clara Gregory, and make frames for them.  Somewhere along the way we had a moment to stretch for good posture and to use our hands to measure healthy amounts of food.

Tawnie Goodwin

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving on the Amazon
Thanksgiving on the Amazon

One year ago today I was in Brazil on the Amazon River enjoying Thanksgiving dinner with friends from the ship.  I tried to send the picture above to my family however, wifi was a bit restricted.  As much as I enjoyed myself I cannot be happier to be with my family today.  I have so much to be thankful for!!!  This is a very limited list of my favorite things.

1.  Family and friends

2.  Health and the health and well-being of my family

3. Opportunity to pursue a degree in dietetics

4.  My job (including but not limited to my relationships at work)

5.  America (freedom and protection)

6.  Semester at Sea experience (this made me a better person)

7.  Miss Oklahoma Organizations and local pageant directors

8.  My partnership with the American Diabetes Association  (great opportunity to promote health education)

From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

Tawnie Goodwin

Focus on Slow Carbohydrates

I received a question earlier this week asking how to satisfied hunger while cutting calories.  I thought I would address the major contributors to hunger and follow up with suggestions to slow its return.  I want to stress that being hungry is good because it signifies that our metabolism (energy burning system) is working.  This post focuses on the role carbohydrates play in satiety.

It is a good idea to focus on carbohydrates (carbs) that are released into the bloodstream slowly.  These are called complex carbs.

The DL on Carbohydrates.  Carbs are the bodies quickest source of energy.  The stomach breaks down complex carbs into glucose, the simplest carb.  Glucose is then released into the bloodstream and transported throughout the body.  More complex carbs take longer for the stomach to break down because they have to be converted or broken down into glucose.  These complex carbs are introduced to the bloodstream in slower increments.  This is the reason we feel immediate energy when we consume foods that are processed (highly broken down carbs) like ice cream, white bread, and candy.

Solution:  Eat Slow Carbs.  This is where common sense comes into play.  Generally, the less processed a food, the longer it takes the stomach to break that food down.  Try making the switch from white to whole grain bread.  A grain of wheat is made up of a germ, an endosperm, and the bran.  White bread only contains the endosperm and is lacking in fiber and other nutrients derived from the germ and bran.  Below is a list of slow digesting carbohydrates:

Green Vegetables, Brown Bread (the best is whole grain), Oatmeal, Bran Cereal, All Beans and Legumes

Solution: Fill up with Fiber.  Fiber does not digest but is very useful to the diet.  Eating a slow carb diet and high fiber diet go hand and hand because fiber slows digestion.  The average woman should eat around 25 grams of fiber/ day.  The average man should consume 38 grams / day.  (

Fiber is contained in the skins of fruits and vegetables.  Don’t peel your organic potatoes!  Other high fiber foods are bran, vegetables, legumes, and fruits (apples and pears contain a lot of fiber.)

Solution:  Portion sizes.  When food is digested in large quantities and quickly it leaves the body with an energy overload–too many calories in the system.  This causes the body to store the remaining energy as fat.  Note that carbs are not the enemy, they are simply the poison of choice for many individuals when food is consumed in excess.  Fat and protein are also stored as fat when eaten in quantities too large for the body to burn at one point in time.  Consuming carbohydrates in smaller amounts can help stabilize blood sugar levels and combat fat storage.

One portion size of grains is about the size of your clenched fist.  Remember, most every food contains carbs with the exception of meat.

Hope this helps,

Tawnie Goodwin

Costs of Eating Healthy: Eating Organic Part 2

As I stated before, upfront costs associated with proper nutrition are monetary of course, and time; in contrast,  I will argue that eating unhealthy can also be pricey.  My opinion stands that it is more profitable and even more convenient to pay the price for good health in the grocery store.  Neglecting the body by consuming of chemicals and pesticides can lead to cancer or other abnormalities of the body.

But it is so expensive!  A large contributor to increased expense in the market is the consumption of empty calories.  Empty calories are found in foods like soda pop, chips and candy bars.  These foods have large amounts of calories (a measuring stick for food energy) but no substantial vitamins or minerals.  If we are not feeding our bodies the nutrients they are begging for our bodies will continuously ask for food.  This lack of satiety, or constant state of hunger, leaves us reaching for another round of potato chips.  The cycle of eating empty calories supports one of the many theories making clear that junk food is a staple which contributes to obesity.

Below are a few tips that I use to cut the costs in the marketplace.

1.  Buy in bulk.  Bulk foods are generally cheaper.  Time can be saved as well by cooking in bulk and storing meals in portion size containers to be consumed throughout the week.  No matter if you are single or have a family of five, buying and cooking in bulk is much more efficient.

2.  Swap your proteins.  Try alternating beans or legumes in place of meat for a good quality protein and fiber source.  One large bag of beans is almost 90 cents cheaper per serving than chicken.

3.  Grow a garden.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) suggests 2 hours and 30 minutes of “moderate-intensity aerobic activity” per week for adults.  (CDC,  Save money, engage in a family project, and exercise by growing a garden.

Lots to come,

Tawnie Goodwin

One Day in Lisbon, Portugal

Good Thursday Afternoon!

These photos represent only one day of my adventures in Portugal.  The town we visited, Lisbon (Lisboa), is the capital of Portugal and is the largest city in the country.  The city’s stacked homes were tucked between the hills and reside just off the ocean.  My friends and I walked aimlessly through the streets finding ourselves at food markets and coffee shops for snacks, coffee, and lunch.  These shops are locally owned and open mainly for older gentlemen reading the morning paper and women shopping for their evening meal preparations.  Pay close attention to the tile art in the pictures.

Enjoy your day,

Tawnie Goodwin



Costs of Eating Healthy: Eating Organic Part 1

No great athlete or beloved dignitary ever advanced his or her goals without hard work and initial sacrifices.  Adopting any other philosophy when pursuing health is counter productive.  Today’s society often pushes individuals to place health on layaway and to maintenance the body later.  The only issue with this mentality is that we are only given one body for the entirety of our lives.  Our goal for our health should be to possess the ability to live life fully and productively during the time we have.  

Eating organic is one way to maintenance the body so it may replenish its system without damage.  In the paragraphs and posts that follow you will find basic information about organic foods along with thrifty spending tips.  Remember, once an initial change is made the task of repeating that challenged becomes increasingly simpler.   The hardest part of restructuring the diet is getting started because it is the most time consuming.  LET’S GET TO IT!

What is organic?  I found this definition by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP):

“Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations.  Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones.  Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation.  Before a product can be labeled ‘organic,’ a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards.  Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.” (USDA,

Which foods MUST be consumed organically?  Meet the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen.  The United States Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration researched amounts pesticide debris within the fruits and vegetables we eat.  (EWG,  These foods have been ranked the from those consider dirtiest to clean.  In other words, the Dirty Dozen are twelve foods we should not eat unless they have been organically grown.  The Clean Fifteen are fifteen fruits and vegetables that are least disturbed by pesticides.  (EWG)

Here you go:

Dirty Dozen– Apples, Celery, Sweet Bell Peppers, Peaches, Strawberries, Nectarines, Grapes, Spinach, Lettuce, Cucumbers, Blueberries, and Potatoes

Clean Fifteen– Onions, Sweet Corn, Pineapples, Avocado, Cabbage, Sweat Peas, Kiwi, Cantaloupe, Sweet Potatoes, Grapefruits, Watermelon, and Mushrooms

The following link is a full list of the foods tested: This link offers a more in depth read about pesticides and organics:

Challenge of the Week:  Place a list of the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen in your purse or wallet.  You may rather take a picture of the list with your cell phone.   Begin to fill your shopping cart with items that will sustain your long term health.  Small steps climb mountains.  

Lot’s to come,

Tawnie Goodwin

Sources: USDA, NOP, and EWG