The Fundamentals of Nutrition with Brian St. Pierre

By: Ben Brown

The Fundamentals of Nutrition [Podcast Episode #55].


In this episode with Brian St. Pierre, we break down the key fundamentals of nutrition that anyone looking to improve their health and physique would benefit from, specifically those of us with families and “busy” lifestyles.


You can think of these fundamentals as essentially the best practices of precision nutrition and what they’ve tested and proved to work through hundreds of thousands of clients over the past 10+ years.


Before we jump into those, let’s not forget that the basics are the basics for a reason… Because they work. And so before you jump into the next latest and greatest fad diet or exercise program or before you feel like you need to “think outside the box”, its worth acknowledging that what works isn’t always the sexiest programs out there. Perhaps, it’s those that are most realistic done diligently and consistently that will drive the greatest results!


These nutrition fundamentals revolve around:

  1. How and Why are you eating? 
  2. What and How much are you eating?


Before we discuss what we should be eating or  much, it’s important to have a solid foundation of why and how… Are we actually hungry? or just stressed out? or bored? or thirsty? or is it just “time to eat”…


It’s important to ask these questions to help us tap into some of the underlying mechanisms at play that cause us to make the decisions (good or bad) that we do.


Additionally, we dive into the professional sports realm and how these same fundamentals apply to even the most gifted athletes in the world.


Here’s the thing, “nearly all human behavior is an attempt to solve a problem” whether it be pain, grief, stress, etc… so again, by evaluating why and how we’re eating, whether its consciously or not, we can gain a lot of insight into what changes can be made, especially before we worry about the What and how much.


Lastly we dive into the ever important aspect of eating & exercising while traveling and how to focus on what we can control RATHER than all of the myriad of things that could be problematic. 


Brian St. Pierre is the Director of Performance Nutrition at Precision Nutrition, working with a host of fitness professionals and professional sports teams including the San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Browns, US Open Champion Sloane Stephens, and many more.


Prior to his work with Precision Nutrition, Brian worked for three years at Cressey Sports Performance as the head Sports Nutritionist and as a Strength and Conditioning Coach, working with hundreds of athletes and recreational exercisers of all types. 


The author of the High Performance Handbook Nutrition Guide, the Show and Go Nutrition Guide, and Ultimate Hockey Nutrition, Brian is a Registered Dietitian with a Masters degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition. He’s also a Certified Sports Nutritionist as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

As part of the Precision Nutrition mission, he helps to deliver life-changing, research-driven nutrition coaching for everyone.





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