Team Nutritionist for the Chicago Blackhawks, Julie Burns joined David Poole in an explosive episode of This Is NuCalm regarding food, diet and how it impacts your stress and sleep patterns.
During the in depth interview, Julie discusses she adapted to the changes in diet fads that affect our athletic capabilities.
Once given the opportunity as the team nutritionist for the Chicago Blackhawks, she soon realized her knowledge on proper diet was not benefitting her average athlete, “as I started listening to my players a lot more, I got an inkling something wasn’t quite right with the nutrition advice I was giving.”
Accustomed to a high carbohydrate and low-fat diet, Burns noticed a deficiency in her own nutrition.
She recalls experiencing horrible lower back pain. After paying a visit to a chiropractor for the first time, she realized she was unable to answer most of the doctor’s questions when it came to nutrition: “I need to get some more information about using real nutrition and the science, as well as food as medicine.”
After starting SportFuel Inc. – an integrative sports nutrition and wellness consulting firm – she executed more research and contrary to what past diets claimed, Burns realized great nutrition is not a ‘one size fits all!’
“It’s not just about what the person is eating, but it’s when they’re eating and it’s how they’re responding to the various foods.”
– Julie Burns
In this episode of This Is NuCalm, listen to Burns and Poole discuss the best times to eat, what you should be eating and how your diet, sleep patterns and even stress levels correlate.
“You cannot be in fight or flight, stressed, and in rest and digest.”
– Julie Burns
About Julie Burns, MS, RDN, LDN, CCN
Founder, Lead Integrative Sports Nutritionist & Nutrigenomics Consultant
Julie H. Burns is an integrative sports nutritionist, a licensed and registered dietitian, and a board certified clinical nutritionist. She is the Founder of SportFuel, Inc., an integrative sports nutrition and wellness consulting firm, and the Managing Member of Eat Like the Pros®, which acts as a highly effective resource hub designed to help you integrate the SportFuel, Inc. philosophy into your life.
Julie has provided team nutrition services to the Chicago Blackhawks for nearly 30 years, and works individually with athletes in the NFL, MLB, NBA and other elite sports teams. However not all of her clients are athletes, Julie works with everyone from high-level executives to busy parents. She has seen first-hand that a one-size-fits-all approach is ineffective, and has developed a highly personalized program using functional nutrition and lifestyle recommendations to help clients discover their maximum potential so that they can achieve better performance and optimal health.
Julie is a member of the American Nutrition Association (ANA); the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND); the AND practice groups, Dietitians in Functional Medicine (DIFM) and Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN); and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). She served three terms on SCAN’s Executive Board, was the Cardiovascular Editor for SCAN’s Pulse quarterly publication for 5 years, and served on the Gatorade Sport Science Institute’s Sports Nutrition Advisory Board from 1995-2003. Julie was in the first graduating class of the Kresser Institute’s ADAPT program in December of 2016.
To balance her passion for continued learning, Julie enjoys golfing, gardening, cooking, yoga, meditating, volunteering for charities and causes close to her heart, walking her sweet dog, and watching and attending all sporting events with her husband and adult triplets!