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Eat Like a Champion by Jill Castle

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CHAPTER 3

The Second String: Vitamins and Minerals

Simplicity is the most important thing, especially when you’re training.

—Garrett Weber-Gale, two-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming

Sixteen-year-old Trish was driving herself into the ground. She was constantly fatigued and couldn’t seem to get enough rest. During training she was often breathless and light-headed. Her dad came to me with his concerns. “Trish just started rowing a year ago, and at the same time she decided to be a vegan,” he said. “I’ve supported her all the way, but over the last 2 or 3 months I’ve watched her deteriorate. Honestly, she’d become so healthy, I can’t understand what’s happening.” He told me that when Trish visited her doctor she learned she was iron-deficient. ...

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