In today’s world, it can be a challenge but the pay off is huge: Our Health!
Disease is just a name for a state of 'lack' in the body. A lack of health is the only way a disease can manifest, treating the disease only deals with the result of the problem, not the problem itself.
54% of our society is on 2 or more prescription drugs and 90%+ take over the counter medications
The average American takes 11 prescriptions per year.
"Health is measured in the number of steps you take at a time not the number of pills.”
Energy and Nourishment Stop thinking of your food intake only in terms of calories. Food can be broken down into basically two categories: Energy (calories from fat, carbohydrates and protein) Nourishment (the nutrient density of the food; vitamins and minerals contents).
Nourishment First It’s the nourishment aspect of your meal that contains the vitamins and minerals needed for the thousands of metabolic reactions occurring in the body. But, you also need the “energy” portion of this equation so that your cells have the fuel to drive these metabolic reactions.
You must re-train to look at food as a fuel & nourishment source not emotional gratification
Foods are a mixture of many components
Keep in mind; foods do not contain ONLY calcium or ONLY carbohydrate or ONLY protein.
However, individual foods are typically known for the largest % of energy or nourishment that it provides.
For example, when we say “nuts are a great source of quality fats”, we are communicating that they contain a large % of fat per volume.
However, nuts are a good source of protein as well.
So, you can use nuts to boost the protein or fat content of your meal.
Pre-Game meal 2-3 hours prior to event Complex carbs, fats and a small amount of protein will do the trick. Sweet potatoes, brown rice, olive oil, almond butter, flax oil, walnuts, almonds and eggs are all easy to digest and can give you more sustained energy for the day.
Pre-Game/ Event meal Eat a little bit of fruit, such as an apple, plum, pear, citrus fruit (not juice) or berries. They're great right before a game or workout, as they give you a small glucose spike without the massive plummet
Although many experts have advised athletes to load up on carbs before a long-distance event, fact is, burning sugar is not what happens over long distances.
After a short period of time, particularly at slower paces, your body is burning fats.
Therefore, rather than loading up on carbs, more long distance runners are loading up on fats and small amounts of proteins prior to racing, with no more carbs than the body can easily store anyway.
Recovery Replace expended carbohydrate stores If you have exercised longer than 1 hour you used up much of your carb-based energy stores Consume quality carbs w/ a high glycemic index: potatoes, sweet potatoes, brown rice, bananas, apples, oranges, raisins
Recovery, cont Re-hydrate: depending on duration of event and sweat expenditure consider electrolyte replacement: water, glucose, sodium, fruit (remember the homemade sports drink?). Check out the Hammer Nutrition line. You need to be properly hydrated to build muscle. Protein- Once our carb stores have been depleted by exercise, our body breaks down protein in muscles for energy. A quality protein like lean meats: chicken, turkey, egg, whey products (especially if you are considering protein drinks)
Recovery Reduce the acidity level of body fluids During exercise body fluids shift toward an acidic state. As we age, our blood and body fluids become increasingly acidic To decrease acidity in our body, the body will rob nutrients (calcium, magnesium, nitrogen) from bones, joints, muscles and hormones (common cause of osteoporosis, arthritis, hormonal imbalances and more) Eating plenty of fruits and veggies (preferably raw) are natural acid reducers
25-35% of the meal needs to be of a protein source.
Plant based sources: beans, seeds, nut, sprouts, and quinoa
Animal based sources: fish, eggs, chicken, turkey and possibly small amounts of red meat if OK’d by your nutritionist.
If you have a normal serum ferritin and normal serum iron, then 4-6oz of red meat should be OK for you to consume on a weekly basis.
The Protein Source Counts Focus on good quality protein and not the processed protein bars, drinks, and powders. Hammer Nutrition for quality sports/recovery drinks. Most desirable proteins: meats (like chicken, fish, turkey and even red meat), eggs, beans, seeds, nuts, sprouts, quinoa, nut butters (ie. peanut butter [not Jiffy or processed sugar-added peanut butter but pure peanut butter], cashew butter, almond butter).Least desirable proteins: processed soy, processed dairy, pork, processed luncheon meats (those that contain “nitrates” or “nitrites”).
Research on strength athletes indicates that at a daily protein consumption of 2.4 g/kg BW (1.2g/lb), amino acid oxidation (muscle breakdown) ↑ and no further protein synthesis (muscle building) occurs.
Consuming more protein than is needed can ↑ risk for dehydration.
As the amount of protein consumed goes up, the degree of hydration progressively goes down even in elite athletes.
Protein- some need more than others Protein requirements of novice strength athletes to maintain nitrogen balance appear to be at the higher end of the range (1.7 g/kg BW) (~.8g/lb) compared to that of elite strength athletes. Muscle is about 75% water and 22% protein by weight. Muscle building requires adequate hydration.
This is your main energy source. It’s the primary fuel that your cells prefer.
Depending on your activity level and diabetic status, we recommend 40-60%.
Carbohydrates come from many food sources but when thinking in terms of a side dish of carbohydrates, we are implying mashed potatoes, sweet potato, pasta, brown rice, whole grain bread, or couscous.
Your fruits and veggies are also a good source of carbohydrates.
Carbohydrate Source counts
If you are low on energy or tend to “burn out” during your workouts, you may not be consuming enough quality carbohydrates.
Or you are consuming too many high glycemic foods before workout
Needless to say, skipping breakfast is a big “no, no”.
Most desirable carbohydrates sources: whole grain breads, whole grain pastas (including egg noodles), and brown rice, whole vegetables, whole fruits
Least desirable carbohydrates: anything made with white sugar and/or white flour, fruit juice, high fructose corn syrup, chips, french fries, pop
Just gotta have pizza every once in awhile? Try ordering a simple cheese pizza or veggie pizza.
Avoid the “meat” pizza’s as they are loaded with salt and nitrates and add huge amounts of non-nutritive calories.
Veggies w/ Lowest carb content 1- Vegetables: Fresh or Frozen Asparagus* Avocado Bean sprouts Beans, string Beet greens Broccoli Brussels Sprouts Cabbage* Carrots Cauliflower* Celery Chard, Swiss Collards Cucumber Dandelion Greens Eggplant Endive Kale Kohlrabi Leeks Lettuce Mushrooms Mustard Greens Okra Onions Parsley Peppers, any Pimento Pumpkin Radishes Rutabagas Sauerkraut* Spinach Squash Tomatoes Turnips Water Cress *Have these only once or twice per week if you have been directed to do so as a result of a low thyroid.
Veggies w/ higher Carb content Category 2- Vegetables: Fresh or Frozen (higher carbohydrate content) For a change, twice weekly, you can choose one vegetable from this list. Artichokes Beans, dried Beans, kidney Beans, Lima Corn Hominy Parsnips Peas, green Potato, sweet Potato, white Rice Yams Category 2- Fruits: Fresh or Frozen (Less Desirable Fruit with higher carbohydrate content) Apple Apricots Betty Lou Smackers Blackberries Cranberries Currants Grapes Gooseberries Grapefruit Guava Melons Lemons Limes Oranges Papayas Peaches Plums Raspberries Tangerines
there should always be some source of fat in your meal.
Fat contains many nutrients such as A, D, E, and K and is required to absorb certain nutrients like CoQ10.
Your meal should contain anywhere from 15-25% fat.
If your meal contains animal proteins, then there will be some fat consumed from the meat.
Other quality sources of fat to consider are raw olive oil (use it to dip your whole grain bread in! Yum!), coconut butter (cook with it, spread on corn on the cob, spread on whole grain bread or crackers), avocados, seeds and nuts
Fat source counts!
To obtain a sufficient energy intake, fat consumption should not be eliminated from the diet.
Least desirable fat sources: anything with trans fat (AKA: hydrogenated fat), interesterified fat or Olestra. Bacon, sausage, etc.
These will put undesirable body weight on faster than anything.
It is recommended the female athlete eliminate these from her diet.
Good Fat Fat aids in digestion and absorption of fat-soluble nutrients such as vitamins A, D, E and K and hundreds of beneficial carotenoids, like lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin found in fruits and vegetables. Recent studies show that eating salads with fat-free salad dressing may inhibit your body from absorbing beneficial nutrients
Food with Good Fats Fish Avocados / Guacomole Dip Nuts: Cashews, Almonds, Pecans, Walnuts, Brazil Nuts (raw and unsalted are preferred) Don’t forget about nut butters: Cashew, Almond, and Peanut. Oils: Grape Seed, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil Reduce vegetables oils like canola oil, cottonseed oil They promote heart disease, inflammation and also increase the production of bad cholesterols. Too many Omega 6’s…not enough Omega 3’s
They are difficult to excrete from the body and are a low quality energy source.
It takes 1 month to break down half of the normal fats consumed.
It takes 3 months to metabolize half of the trans-fats consumed
Trans Fats 80% of trans fats in your diet come from processed foods, fast foods, snack foods and desserts. O grams trans fats/serving does not mean no trans fats. Often it is a product that is all trans fats but the serving size is so small the amount of trans fats is less than 1 gram/serving
British nutrient data from 1930 and 1980 Average calcium content declined 19% Iron, 22% Potassium 14% in the 20 vegetables compared
B-Complex The body uses certain b-vitamins to make CoQ10. naturally occurring substance required by all the cells of the body with particularly high concentrations in the heart and liver.
What about Creatine? Creatine is an amino acid of which 50% (in our bodies) is made from other amino acids in the liver, kidney and pancreas, while the other 50% is ingested through the foods we eat. Wild game is considered to be the richest source of creatine, but lean red meat and fish (particularly herring, salmon, and tuna) are also good sources.
CK (creatine kinase) values indicate muscle tissue breakdown.
These values will be elevated with regular exercise routines but not nearly to the degree as seen with Creatine use.
Can the body become stronger without added Creatine?
Without a doubt, many top level athletes reach their pinnacle by optimizing their nutritional foundation from a broad and thorough standpoint.
Not to mention Creatine is banned in NCAA athletes.
What about a one-a-day?
One-per-day MVMs usually do not provide sufficient amounts of many nutrients such as vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin C.
Because one-per-day formulas typically do not contain even the minimum recommended amounts of some of the nutrients listed here, multiples requiring several capsules or tablets per day are preferable.
Simple biochemistry explains you can only absorb a limited amount of certain vitamins and minerals at one sitting.
With three- to six-per-day multiples, intake should be spread out at two or three meals each day, instead of taking them all at one sitting.
Multi-vitamin/ Mineral (MVM) MVM’s have been shown to increase strength, race times, improve recovery, decrease infections and injuries and improve feelings of well being. Studies indicate a high potency MVM is best suited for the athlete. MVM’s at or near the RDA have shown no benefit.
Exercise causes tissue injury which leads to free radical formation.
Poor recovery from this tissue injury results in more traumatic sports injuries.
Vitamin C and E have been shown to reduce the free radical damage induced by exercise
Many athletes don’t even consume 66% of the RDA.
Between 60-65% of Mg in the human body is found in bone.
Mg that does not exist as part of bone, is mainly found within muscle
This mineral is involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions
↑ loss of Mg from the body is seen during and after exercise.
Basically , the more anaerobic the exercise the ↑ the movement of Mg from the plasma into the erythrocytes.
This is why athletes may have a ↑ Mg requirement
↓vitamin D reduces muscle power, force, velocity and jump height in adolescent girls
Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, February 2009
The study adds to an ever-growing body of science supporting the correlation of adequate vitamin D levels and osteoporosis, muscle weakness, fractures, common cancers, autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases and cardiovascular diseases.
Rome wasn’t built in a day If you can't transform your unhealthy diet overnight, don't despair. Most people can't. Start implementing some of these ideas, even just one at a time. Every change you make will be one step in the right direction.
Why are we still hungry after eating? Are you eating the right kind of foods? Processed foods are often very filling (bread, french fries, chips,etc.). Why? Because they are filled with junk that our bodies were not designed to process and so they process slower through our digestive system than whole foods.
Our bodies were not designed to handle high fructose corn syrup, soy lecithin, hydrogenated oils, MSG (aka monosodium glutamate), modified corn starch, autolyzed yeast extract, etc. When we eat these foods it takes much longer to process them.
Why am I hungry after eating? When eating whole foods our bodies are able to process these foods more quickly because the enzymes and saliva were designed for these foods. If eating whole foods, make sure you are eating a balanced diet: ½- 2/3 of plate should be fruits and veggies, some small protein, complex carb (quinoa, brown rice, corn, potato (sweet is better) and healthy fats (avocado, olive oil, nuts or nut butters)
What’s a serving size? Serving size varies depending on the type of food. http://campushealth.unc.edu/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_view&gid=21 Protein- think a deck of cards (4oz) Fat- about 1 teaspoon Veggies- ½ cup unless green leafy which is 1 cup Fruits- vary widely (usually ½ cup. If dried fruit it is much less)
Quick and easy snack ideas Cut up apples (try them w/ peanut butter, carrots, or jicama Celery w/ peanut butter (look for one that is just peanuts and salt) Handful of almonds or walnuts (high in calories if you eat too many but good source of Omega 3’s) Hard boiled egg Banana, mini bell peppers
Eliot’s snack - This was a great start to the day at camp in montana:Eternal Warrior Basic Power Cake2 cups flour3 cups oatmeal (cooked for a moist cake, uncooked for the dry version)2 teaspoons baking soda2 eggs2 cups milk1 cup honeyMix the ingredients altogether and then add any of your favorite fixings and mix again until blended. Some ideas for the fixings include shredded carrots, raisins, chopped apples, walnuts, almonds, pineapple, peaches, or you might sneak in a few chocolate chips for a sweet treat! Spray a sheet pan (16X12) with a baking spray, pour your batter into it, and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.ENJOY!