Food For Athletes

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Knowing how to fuel your muscles properly before and after exercising is paramount when you’re active, especially if you are an athlete.  There are a lot of mixed messages out there about what you should be eating and when. The bottom line is that everyone has their own nutritional needs.  When it comes to making the right choices for our bodies, we must be willing to try new things and to cultivate a true practice of listening to how we feel after different eating choices.  Whether you are working toward muscle building, weight loss, cardiovascular health, hormone balancing, physical toning, or anything else, what you eat is truly a game-changer.

The best, universal tip for fueling and nourishing our bodies is to eat unprocessed foods and to avoid added ingredients that we don’t understand (or can’t even pronounce).  However, beyond eating fresh whole foods, we must also look at nutrient value to support an active lifestyle and to reduce inflammation. Who doesn’t want to maximize their energy?  What you put into your body is what you get to burn! With the right foods in, you’ll have an influx of energy! Some of the best pre-workout foods include: Beets, cordyceps (a type of mushroom, often available as a supplement in powder form), coconut oil, antioxidant-rich berries, quality (and organic) protein, chia seeds, spinach, and other green leafy vegetables.  Consider adding some coconut water to fuel your workouts as well for electrolytes and a great boost of quick energy. Note that for all foods, organic is better. You could still get nutrients from non-organic foods. However, our body’s natural filtration system will be working extra hard to filter out chemicals from non-organic food. These chemicals can slow us down and build up in our bodies over time.  If you’re serious about your health, start to incorporate more organic foods into your diet. Your body will thank you in the long run!

For a breakdown on the nutritional benefits of the foods listed above, check out this great article from Dr. Axe, written by Rachael Link by Clicking Here

By Caitlin Goldie, Certified Holistic Health Coach

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