As an athlete, it can sometimes become overwhelming with the daily calorie counting and monitoring the portion sizes of our meals, in order to help maintain a healthy weight and healthier lifestyle. There is so much “healthy” information out there - the best protein powders to aid in building lean muscle; the best diet(s) to promote fat burning, a healthy weight and flat tummy; not to mention, the “all natural” energy drinks to sustain our energy levels throughout the day.

I get it! Trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle as an athlete may not be as easy as people think. So what if I was to tell you that there is a solution; eating for athletes, whether advanced, intermediate or beginners, does not have to be hard.

Here are 3 tips to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, even on-the-go.

1. Eat Whole Foods

Forget the scale and consume more whole grains, fruits and vegetables to help keep our bodies and minds healthy as athletes. From its high fiber rich content, whole food nutrition aids in promoting a healthy digestive system, while helping our bodies to absorb the vital nutrients, vitamins and minerals it needs to sustain itself throughout the day.

Whole foods help to boost our immune system, as well as, sustain our energy levels.

2. Intake Protein

“Eat protein with every meal”

I know you may hear this quite a bit and for many of us it has become the norm, but it is true. Why you may ask? Because protein is the building block of muscles, bones, cartilage and blood; not to mention, it helps make enzymes and hormones in our bodies.

Now, it is important as athletes to recognize that animal protein such as: chicken or beef is not the only source of protein, in which to fuel our bodies. There are some great plant based sources of protein such as: vegetables, beans, legumes, tempeh, hemp seeds, which all contain a high protein content.

Give your body a break from the heavy meats once in awhile by incorporating vegetarian/ vegan sources of protein a couple times a week- a mini “detox” for our bodies.

3. Drink Water

Leave the high sugary, high sodium, colour additive beverages on the shelf and drink water. Yes, water! Whether plain or with a squeeze of fresh lemon and a pinch of sea salt (to help restore the electrolyte balance back into our bodies), water is an essential part of life, especially for our cells. It keeps our bodies hydrated and helps for the movement of nutrients, vitamins and minerals throughout our bodies; not to mention, water aids in flushing excess toxins out of the body.

 

Until the next time we speak….

Health is Wealth ❤

Keisha L.

Culinary Nutritionist

www.keishaluke.com