Trailside Kitchen Method Program FAQ’s
I exercise very casually and don’t consider myself an athlete, is the Trailside Kitchen Method a good fit?
Yes! The beauty of having three levels in the program is that there’s something for everyone. For casual exercise, I would recommend the Lifestyle Level. This will help you build the foundation of good habits and also allow you to read through the other levels in case you want to try a different one in the future.
Do I have to stick to the meal plans exactly?
Absolutely not! I intentionally did not repeat a meal so that you have a massive idea bank to choose from. Most people find a handful of ideas from the meal plans that work for them and rotate through that. Feel free to mix and match, modify, or take this Method of eating out to restaurants. Please note that the meal plans are an idea bank, so while some of the recipes for these ideas are up on the website, some will not be.
Is the program plant based?
The trailside philosophy is plant-centric. Always building the plate around plants first, then adding a source of good protein, and fat. So while plant foods are the center of the plate, it is not a strictly vegetarian or vegan program.
I’m not very comfortable in the kitchen and there are a lot of recipes on your website, how do I make it for work for me?
There are two reasons I promote cooking. One is that you can control ingredient quality and ratios better. And two, because it’s more affordable. I also understand that cooking three times a day is unrealistic so on the meal plans you’ll notice simple breakfasts and repurposed leftovers, as well as a whole category of 5-minute meals on the website. I also have a constantly updated list of trusted products. Even so, for those times where eating out is easier, most places have a source of protein, fat, carbohydrates, and vegetables so it’s pretty easy. Looking at menus online ahead of time, checking the “sides” section for easy vegetable and grain options, asking them to put something simple together for you or modifying an existing option are all good strategies for taking this Method out to restaurants.
I don’t eat a lot of meat, if any, will the program work for me?
You’ll notice in the majority of the recipes on my website, and also in the meal plans of the program, that animal proteins (meat, seafood, eggs, cheese) are consumed as a side or garnish, and very rarely as the center of the meal. With all animal proteins in the program there are very clear guidelines on food quality as it relates to labeling such as grass fed, pasture raised, and wild caught; with the benefits of each explained by comparison. The quality makes a big difference nutritionally and how it relates to your health. If you do not eat meat, it can easily be substituted with a different protein category. For vegetarian proteins, you can read how to incorporate more into your meals here or feel free to set up a 15-minute call to talk through any program modifications that work best for you.
Buying high-quality food is expensive, is there a way to make it cheaper?
Yes! This topic has a support material feature in the Program Course and One-on-One formats. Buying the highest quality labels at the store seems expensive but I find the majority of my clients have their grocery bill drop. This is mainly due to eating less packaged food items and dedicating a little more time in the kitchen to make it happen. Some other ways to cut cost is to buy seasonal produce from the farmer’s market, buy cheaper cuts of meat, and buy in bulk.
I’m a very serious athlete, what is your suggestion for getting the most out of the program?
As with your athletic training, having a professional working with you one-on-one to help identify patterns and refine your way of doing things to produce better results will have the best outcome. I recommend doing the Training Level of the program and going through the one-on-one format to get the individual attention that your sport needs.