Sports nutrition can enhance training and exercise performance enormously. My ebook Wellness From Your Plate gives you an extensive shopping list but here are some of my favourite real foods for enhancing training and sporting performance.
- Brown rice
- Sweet potato
- Whey Protein
- Wild Fish
- Bacon (sugar + nitrate free)
- Flaxseed oil and seeds
- Chia oil and seeds
- Eggs – free-range Omega 3
- Hemp seeds
- Brazil Nuts, Walnuts
- Pumpkin, Sunflower and Sesame seeds
In a day without training drink 35 ml of water per kg of body weight. Drink more than this on training days and during your workout. Add a slice of fresh lemon and/or a slice of fresh ginger to alkalize your body. If you drink a cup of coffee or another caffeinated drink add an extra glass of water.
Create An Anti-inflammatory Diet
Inflammation is the underlying cause of most diseases today. High inflammatory levels in the body will increase the intensity of aches and pain. Load up on these anti-inflammatory real foods.
- Black pepper
- Green tea
Fruit and Vegetables
Load every plate up with brightly coloured fruit and vegetables. The brighter the colour the more anti-oxidants. Natural antioxidants are really important during periods of increased physical activity, as your cells are exposed to greater levels of oxidative stress.
Low fructose fruit is really important which I’ve covered in my ebook Wellness From Your Plate where I go into more detail on which fruits are best for your optimal wellness.
- Leafy Greens