How She Fuels
NPC bikini competitor Briana Owen found her passion in healthy living.
When 23-year-old Briana Owen was finishing her business law degree at Arizona State University in 2013, her health wasn’t her priority. “I wasn’t in the best shape and remember at one point feeling lost and confused about what I needed to do to turn that around,” she says.
It wasn’t until she did her first NPC competition that she learned that there are no quick fixes or miracle diets that would make long-term changes to her body. Instead, she discovered that a shift in her mindset and lifestyle choices would make the difference and that good nutrition had the biggest impact on her life. “Being consistent with my nutrition is important to me. I am a big advocate of properly fueling your body so you can get the most out of your workouts,” she says. “I follow a flexible dieting philosophy that gives me the freedom to get creative with my meals so I don’t get bored eating the same thing.” Owen eats nutrient-dense food and allows for the occasional treat. “Adopting this lifestyle has enabled me to stay on track, even with a busy schedule,” she says.
A Gaspari-sponsored athlete, Owen’s career path shifted as she discovered a passion for fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. She has created her own online coaching platform, B-Fit Nutrition (brianaowenfit.com), so she can share her experience and use her expertise to help people reach their own goals. When asked what advice she’d offer up to those who are trying to take control of their own fitness, she says, “Set realistic goals and keep track of your progress. When you see yourself moving closer to your goals, you’re less likely to fall off the plan.”
Briana’s Favorite Gaspari Nutrition Products
Gaspari Precision Protein is my go-to in my preworkout or postworkout protein shakes. One scoop has 25 grams of 100 percent hydrolyzed whey protein. It’s low-carb, low-fat and tastes amazing. I like to blend the vanilla ice cream flavor with almond milk and half a banana for a quick meal-replacement shake packed with nutrients. Yum!
Gaspari AminoLast has 10 grams of amino acids per serving, which aid in muscle retention and recovery, and it’s packed with electrolytes. I mix two scoops of the orange mango twist (current favorite flavor) in my gallon jug and reach for it throughout the day. Because your body is made up of mostly water, it is super important that you hydrate your cells. AminoLast makes it a lot easier for me to hit my gallon goal because it makes my water taste like a treat.
Gaspari HyperAmino has quickly become the preworkout and intraworkout I reach for because not only does it have amino acids, but it also has a blend of naturally occurring caffeine from Ilex guayusa extract, green-tea extract and guarana extract, which kick-start my training without leaving me with a crash after my workout.