It is surprising how many athletes eat imbalanced nutrient poor diets.
With so much mis-information about diet and nutrition, it is easy to see why so many people eat poorly. Our busy lifestyles with large populations living in cities has created a disconnect from nature and natural living.
Our ancestors did not eat fast food.
“Dead” processed food is everywhere, convenient, high in fat, sodium, sugars making it highly addictive.
I have seen figure skaters fuel their bodies with all sorts of junk food from fast food restaurants and supermarkets.
This kind of diet cannot sustain high levels of performance and the demands athletes put on their bodies.
Without high quality nutrition there is more chance of injury, fatigue, lower immunity, and burn out.
How do you make the changes to support better health, energy and vitality?
Here are a few simple things you can do to improve your overall health, increase energy, muscle repair, and athletic performance.
1) Increase the amount of raw living foods in your diet. 50- 60% of your diet should be coming from living (uncooked) fruits and vegetables.
2) Add super foods like Maca, Blue green algae (Spirulina is my top pick as it packs the most protein of any plant), Mesquite, Lucuma, blueberries, cocao, dark leafy greens- kale, collards, beet greens, Hemp hearts (has the most balanced amino acid profile of any plant based protein source)
3) Take a high quality protein powder made from fermented brown rice like Sun Warrior…many high performance vegan athletes find great results from this product. A personal favorite of mine is Pumpkin seed protein powder, great source of protein (60%), magnesium, manganese, zinc, iron, copper, vitamin K, rich source of omega 6 and 9. Contains all 18 amino acids.
4) Drink 2-3 litres of filtered alkaline water
5) Replenish electrolytes with coconut water…The BEST sports drink on earth.
6) Avoid processed foods.
7) Avoid wheat, corn and rice-these foods have been genetically modified, instead choose things like wild rice, quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth, einkorn
8) ♥ If you eat red meat decrease it to 2-3x a week, buy lean non -medicated organic source. Choose organically fed animals raised in the most natural way.
9) Get in the habit of shopping in smaller markets where you can buy local organic produce. In large supermarkets shop on the periphery of the store this is where you will find whole foods.
Breaking bad habits takes time and patience. Change begins with awareness.
Make small steps to improve your diet and health rather than trying to do everything all at once which will only overwhelm and frustrate you.
Many of our beliefs around food are untrue and many North Americans have been raised on fast food culture of processed dead food.
The fact that we no longer grow our food has resulted in a society out of touch with real living food and the vitality and nutrition that comes with eating natural foods.
Copyright Anicca Brandt 2011
Anicca is a trainer and holistic nutrition specialist focused on high-energy super-foods and vegan raw food diets for competitive athletes and those looking to make radical lifestyle change.