The Reach Your Peak Experience

The Reach Your Peak Experience

The Reach Your Peak Experience is a nutrition podcast focussed on a Sports Dietitians exploration of the world of nutrition, health, and performance. Aleksa is a Sports Dietitian, who is passionate about helping athletes of all levels harness a flexible approach with their nutrition. Each week I bring you a new topic to help expand your knowledge and change your perspective - all in a light-hearted, no-nonsense, and easy to digest way. I will help you navigate the sports nutrition space by bringing you real, evidence-based advice & nutrition tips to help you reach your peak potential. Subscribe now to stay informed, competitive, and level up your nutrition & health.

Episodes

May 27, 2022 9 min

Are you not seeing the results you want long term despite the fact you are working on your health and nutrition?

In this episode, I share with you the 2 MAJOR (but often overlooked) obstacles many people face when “dieting” and following a new nutrition plan. These 2 obstacles I named the Nutrition O2 Issue - and I see it among athletes, gym goers, and working professionals. 

Addressing these 2 issues will help you maximise your pote...

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What is the “why” behind your fat loss goal?

In this episode, I discuss the importance of purpose behind your goals - specifically for fat loss as it is a goal that has the power to bring you forward or set you back in confusion and frustration. 

Simon Sinek wrote the powerful book, ‘Start With Why’, to show how the most successful businesses in the world harnessed the power of asking ‘why’ to drive themselves forward and create an i...

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Is baking soda the next big thing in sports performance supplementation?
Does soda bicarb actually work as a performance enhancer?

In this episode, I deep dive into soda bicarb as a sports performance supplement and breakdown what you need to know and what the evidence says. 

The belief is that soda bicarb (or baking soda), can help improve performance for athletes undergoing high intensive training. For this reason, more and more act...

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Do you have a desire to cut your calories super quickly so you can lose weight super quickly?
Does calorie deficit strategy overwhelm you and you get the urge to just crash diet?

In this episode, I share 2 big reasons you should NOT cut your calories too quickly or cut your calories by too much. 

To achieve fat loss, you need to establish a consistent calorie deficit (this is true!). However, you do not need to be cutting calories lik...

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What protein powder should you use?

Such a common question among athletes I coach, and one that I will guide you on. 

In this episode, I share the 3 best types of protein from a nutritional point of view to help you make the buying decision a bit easier so you can focus on your food game. 

Protein powders are probably the most popular and easily available supplement in the world - popular among high-level athletes and weekend warrior ...

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Are protein bars any better than chocolate bars?

In this episode, I compare protein bars and candy bars to share with you whether or not they are truly a solid healthier alternative for your health & nutrition goals. 

Protein bars are a hugely popular product among athletes and active people. The demand for food alternatives to chocolate/sweets/treats is at an all time high. Protein fortified foods, in particular, are seen as con...

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Are you struggling with your diet?
Do you find dieting hard and overwhelming?
Feel like giving up on your nutrition?

In this episode, I share with you 5 ways you can make dieting and nutrition MUCH easier for yourself. These are tools, tips, and strategies I personally use for my own goals as well as some of the strategies I help my clients harness for better results. 

Nutrition won’t always be easy nor fun but it should not feel like ...

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Are you wondering if Tart Cherry Juice is the next big supplement?
Asking yourself, does tart cherry juice work?

Curious how tart cherry juice helps an athlete?

In this episode, I explore Tart Cherry juice supplementation from an athletic and sporting context to help you determine if it is worth consideration for yourself. 

Tart cherry juice is a functional food supplement which makes it a bit different to other types of supplements. H...

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Are you curious about b-alanine supplements?
Thinking about whether you should be taking b-alanine to improve sporting or gym performance?

In this episode, I deep dive into the 101 of B-Alanine - your beginners guide to understanding this supplement. I will share with you what b-alanine is, what it helps with, the evidence behind it, and the general regimen. 

There are so many supplements out there so it’s not surprising that as an at...

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Are you an athlete who is fixated on weighing yourself on the scales?

Do you base your success and progress on what the scale says?
Has weighing yourself become an obsession?

In this episode, we sit down and uncover the reality that many athletes experience when it comes to measuring their progress - whether that be for physique change or performance gains. This reality is that many athletes focus on the scale to measure their progres...

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Should you do intermittent fasting?

Is intermittent fasting a good diet?

What are the pros and cons of intermittent fasting?

Is intermittent fasting safe?

In this episode, I deep dive into Intermittent Fasting and answer these questions and more. I will explain the pros and cons of the diet so you can make a more informed decision around your nutrition. 

Intermittent Fasting has increasingly grown in popularity over the years and is now...

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What is the most important thing to focus on with your nutrition?

Should you track calories or macros?

How important are supplements?

What nutrition strategies should I try first?

In this episode, I deep dive into the Nutrition Pyramid of Priority - a longstanding evidence-based framework for approaching your nutrition correctly. 

You need to understand the hierarchy of importance when it comes to achieving success as an athlete - wheth...

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Are you eating enough calories?

Are you fuelling yourself the RIGHT way?

Do you need to eat more to achieve more results?

In this episode, I share with you 15 signs that athletes experience when they are not eating enough calories and need to boost intake.

Inadequate calorie intake can lead to both performance and health issues which is why it is important to know if you are not eating enough. Plus it is actually not uncommon for athle...

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Should athletes drink sports drinks?
Why are sports drinks consumed by athletes?

In this episode, I deep dive into one of the longest surviving sports nutrition products on the market - sports drinks. 

For the purpose of this episode, sports drinks are Gatorade, Powerade, Staminade, and similar products.

Sports Drinks have a large market and are consumed by athletes of all levels in all sports. It’s not uncommon to even see the general...

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Why do athletes drink pickle juice?

In this episode, I discuss the use of pickle juice in sports and the science behind why it is used as a sports nutrition strategy by athletes. 

Here in Australia we recently hosted the Australian Open tennis grand slam tournament which is where there was repeated mention of pickle juice being used among the athletes tackling the Australian heat while trying to perform at the highest level. 

So is pi...

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Have you heard that apple cider vinegar is the new health food worth trying?
Wondering if ACV can actually help you lose body fat?

In this episode, I discuss apple cider vinegar and use the evidence we have to answer the question - is ACV beneficial for your health and fat loss?

Apple cider vinegar has risen in popularity in recent years - with some proposing that it can aid in fat loss, digestion, and chronic disease management. 

I wi...

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Are you currently trying to build muscle mass?

Are you wanting to know what is the best protein to help you build muscle effectively?

In this episode, I deep dive into protein and muscle growth - specifically looking at animal vs plant-based protein.

There has been a lot of debate in the nutrition space around what protein is best and whether or not the source of protein actually makes a difference when it comes to optimizing muscle g...

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Are you currently working on a nutrition and fitness goal? 

Are you wanting to achieve better nutrition and have started to work on your diet?

The truth is that many athletes start the year off incorrectly when it comes to their diet and health goals and I want to help you out. 

In this episode, I share with you 5 common nutrition mistakes that you need to avoid at the start of the year so that you can ACTUALLY kickstart your year the...

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What foods and diets are overrated and underrated in the nutrition world?

A few weeks ago I dropped an episode sharing 5 things in nutrition and rated them as overrated or underrated.

In this episode, I explore another 5 things in the nutrition world and tell you if I believe they are overrated or underrated - using my experiences as a Sports Dietitian and Nutrition Coach helping athletes level up their nutrition and health. 

There ar...

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Are you setting a new year's resolution?
Feeling stuck and not sure how to kickstart your year?'
Want to know the correct way to set new year goals?

In this episode, I deep dive into the new year resolution game and discuss why new year, new me resolutions are not worth it and may actually be setting you back. I also share my approach to new year “resolutions” - teaching you my New Year New LIFE Resolution approach.  

The tradi...

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