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5 Questions with a Gym Nutritionist

5 Questions with a Gym Nutritionist

1 Could you describe the new-age body image in a sentence?


Toned & Curvy Female Body

2 Give us 1 VIT ( Very Important Tip ) for all the gym bunnies out there.


The first 20′ after your training sessions are crucial. Have a nutritious snack to help your body recover. A few suggestions: A glass of milk and a banana OR 1 glass of orange juice and a few unsalted nuts OR a glass of buttermilk and 2-3 crackers.

3 Hydration: Do we all need the same amount of water to be healthy? And what do I do if I hate plain water?


No, we don’t! It depends on how much excersise you get as well as your age and individual needs. If you hate drinking water I suggest that you add 4 tbs honey, 1/8 tsp salt and 60ml orange juice to 1 litre of plain water and sip on that.

4 Protein Shakes, Energy Bars, Boost Gels. Waste-of-Money-Marketing or necessity?


I believe that they are only necessary when it comes to pro-athletes, such as body-builders, that need to get  a high percentage of nutrients fast and maybe to individuals that work out intensively and don’t manage to cover the necessary protein intake though their diet mainly due to a lack of time.

5 The world is about to end and you can only save one type of sandwich. Which one?


It would have to be a turkey-cheese-letuce-tomato sandwich on a whole wheat baguette ( it combines protein with natural fresh ingredients and it will help you feel fuller, longer.)


Xenia lives in Thessaloniki,Greece. She is a certified  nutritionist-dietitian. She specializes in Sports Nutrition.

Get her advice and pick her brain by visiting Gym Olympion where she works as a gym nutritionist for the past 3 years.

Chelf’s Note:

The views and opinions expressed in this interview are those of the interviewee.  This is a vegan friendly blog. However, all opinions are equal and respected, this Chelfdom is a place where freedom of expression is highly valued.


  • Ankita
    Posted at 08:00h, 22 June Reply

    Great help..wasn’t knowing about boost gels.. looking forward to see some more nutritionist tips 🙂

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 13:06h, 22 June Reply

      Boost gels are usually recommended to marathon runners. It’s a fast and easy way to get a boost.

  • Stefanie
    Posted at 08:10h, 22 June Reply

    That´s a very interesting post! Especially the part about drinking and the proteine shakes!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 13:05h, 22 June Reply

      Thank you for stopping by!

  • Mel
    Posted at 08:14h, 22 June Reply

    Very interesting post! Now I’m craving for some sandwich. 🙂

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 13:05h, 22 June Reply

      Always in the mood for a good sandwich

  • Sheri
    Posted at 09:30h, 22 June Reply

    This is lovely. Fun, upbeat and great information. I need to be drinking more water for sure. I try to add lemon and mint to make it taste better.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 13:04h, 22 June Reply

      Mint is a great addition! I’m going to try that today in the hopes of me managing to drink 500ml of water after training for 2,5 hours!

  • Ania Travels
    Posted at 10:34h, 22 June Reply

    Great post. I always love reading about health and fitness. It’s so interesting that we don’t need the same amount of water. Thanks for sharing

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 13:03h, 22 June Reply

      Apparently we don’t! I don’t even feel bad anymore 😉

  • Bridget
    Posted at 11:58h, 22 June Reply

    This was a fun post to read. I’m always interested in healthy eating tips!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 13:03h, 22 June Reply

      She gave some great tips indeed!

  • John K
    Posted at 13:56h, 22 June Reply

    More and more interesting in every post for your blog… (Especially if your post is not exclusively for women ???)

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 19:36h, 22 June Reply

      Thanks John!

  • Tasheena @ SimplyTasheena.com
    Posted at 14:25h, 22 June Reply

    These are wonderful tips and information. It’s wonderful to get the persecutive of a gym nutritionist.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 19:36h, 22 June Reply


  • Amber Myers
    Posted at 14:45h, 22 June Reply

    This is so helpful! I know my eating habit are pretty awful, but I’m working on getting better. I always add lemon to my water and that helps with the taste.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 19:35h, 22 June Reply

      I struggle with my water intake as well

  • Chemady
    Posted at 19:48h, 22 June Reply

    This sound amazing. I love drinking water often. I even prefer more intake of water than food.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 07:13h, 23 June Reply

      Lucky you!

  • Charlotte
    Posted at 20:01h, 22 June Reply

    I have used boost bells before as someone with IBS when I am not absorbing much from food they can help me in the short term to keep going! I love drinking water too but it has to be really icy cold filtered water for me to drink it!

  • jhilmil
    Posted at 23:41h, 22 June Reply

    Oh.. Great to know of the last sandwich which should be consumed & the water -honey mixture to drink! This was absolutely fab!

  • Ola
    Posted at 02:55h, 23 June Reply

    I value registered dietitians and think they are sorely underutilized. I’ll try to practice suggestion #2, to have a post workout snack no more than 20 minutes after a workout

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 07:12h, 23 June Reply

      I should try to be more mindful with that too

  • Christie Brown
    Posted at 02:59h, 23 June Reply

    I’m really focussing on diet and exercise this year so this was very helpful to read! I’ve always wondered about protein powders, etc. Now I know. 🙂

    Christie’s Take on Life.  xx

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 07:11h, 23 June Reply

      Good Luck Christie, I’m sure you’ll do great!

  • David Elliott
    Posted at 15:25h, 23 June Reply

    I never would have thought what kind of sandwich I would want to save. Now you have me stumped. Ah well! I agree that there is not a set amount of water. Each person needs different amounts.

  • Kusum
    Posted at 02:14h, 26 June Reply

    Nice tips! I love your first answer, I wish more people believed that.

    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

  • Marilyn - Social Butterfly
    Posted at 18:41h, 26 June Reply

    OH, I have to try out the water recipe. That sounds very helpful to a recovering body after working out lol. Great answers you shared, thanks.

  • Ivanna
    Posted at 16:17h, 04 August Reply

    Great advice, I think these are questions people normally have.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 17:59h, 04 August Reply

      very true!

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