Book Review – Rocket Fuel by Matt Kadey

Jannine Myers

Have you ever considered that maybe the only difference between you and your closest competitor/s is nutrition? That even though your athletic ability is near-equal, she has the edge on you because she’s got her nutrition down and you don’t. Well no need to fret; Matt Kadey‘s book Rocket Fuel is exactly what you need to take the guess work out of all your meals!

A James Beard award-winner and Registered Dietitian, as well as avid cyclist, Kadey says that his motivation in writing Rocket Fuel was to give ideas for quick meals that support athletic lifestyles. He hopes his book will encourage athletes to get excited about making their own meals and snacks and less inclined to buy pre-packaged and processed foods.

Broken down into before, during, and after-workout recipes – that have been carefully developed with a “simple-to-make” goal in mind – Rocket Fuel makes it easy for you transition from store-bought to home-made meals. But it offers much more too:

  • 126 recipe ideas for power-packed foods, snacks, and light meals including bowls, puddings, wraps, sandwiches, bites, balls, squares, bars, drinks, patties, cakes, stacks, drinks, smoothies, shakes, soups, muffins, sliders, pies, rolls, DIY energy shots, and all-natural sports drinks.
  • 33 Before, 43 During, and 50 After Exercise recipes
  • 79 dairy free, 85 gluten free, 76 vegetarian, and 33 paleo-friendly recipes
  • Smart-yet-simple sports nutrition guidelines for before, during, and after exercise
  • Complete nutrition facts for every recipe

If you want to gain the competitive edge on your competitor/s, get your copy of Rocket Fuel now.

Rocket Fuel by Matt Kadey

Rocket Fuel by Matt Kadey

A few interesting comments by Kadey:

  • Regarding all the hype lately about fasted workouts, i.e. the idea that running/cycling in a fasted state helps your body to rely more on fats as a fuel, Kadey believes there’s no harm in trying it. However, he suggests that you keep in context what your goal is; if your intent is to push the pace at some point, you probably won’t be able to handle the higher intensity for very long in a fasted state. Athletes who would benefit more from this type of training are those who are training at more moderate and lower intensities.
  • Early onset of fatigue during a run can be due to low blood sugar levels, as in the case of a runner starting out in a fasted state. In some cases however, a runner may experience early onset of fatigue despite eating just 30 or 40 minutes prior to running. The reason for this is likely because the choice of fuel was some type of easily digested simple carb, and since there was a gap of “waiting” time, the runner may have experienced a drop in blood sugar right before she started to run. Kadey recommends eating something with a little more substance that doesn’t have a high glycemic response, hence the reason most of his pre-workout recipes contain a little fat and protein (to promote more of a drawn-out versus rapid energy release). Note: if you wish to take a gel prior to a long run or race, it’s best to take it within minutes of starting to run; taking it right before shouldn’t cause an adverse reaction because your muscles will use up the sugar as soon as you start running.
  • And finally, a little fun fact: Kadey debunks the myth that bananas help to avoid or stop cramps. Many athletes, he says, think that bananas help to alleviate cramps because they contain potassium. But the latest research suggests instead that it’s really to do with muscles being put under more tension than what they’re used to. In races for example, athletes often go harder than what they have conditioned themselves to handle during training workouts. So no, bananas won’t take away your cramps….