In my last article I laid the foundations for the nutritional guide for athletic performance. I discussed the different types of foods that we have in our diets. In this article, I want to go through which types of foods we need to keep our bodies in peak condition.
Whether you do Taekwondo as a workout, or as a form of self defence, or like a lot of people as a sport they compete in, the quality of your nutrition has a direct effect on your performance. Whether that’s in the ring, in your personal life, in your work life or just doing day to day stuff. Your energy and enthusiasm in what you do is directly affected by the food you eat, and the quality of it.
Now, one of the main reasons why I have always championed having good nutrition is because the cells in our bodies are regenerating all the time. Different organs and body parts regenerate at different rates.
Some organs are totally renewed within a few days, some a few years. Approximately every 7 years, we are a totally different person – literally. All our cells have been totally changed and we really are a “new” person.
The saying “We are what we eat” has never been truer. Our bones, our muscles, our organs, our skin – everything about us – is dependent on what goes into our mouths. Quality food is paramount to your success, athletically, professionally – even personally.
When I give nutrition seminars, I’m always asked “What should we eat? And when should we eat it?”
These are complex questions, but I’ve always looked to keep the answers as simple as possible so anyone can take the principles are use them no matter their food preferences or tastes.
Ok, so what should you eat…?
For the sake of simplicity, I’m going to take it from the point of view of an athlete. That way, if you do Taekwondo as a pastime, or as self defence, you can take the advice and apply it to your situation.
One thing I’ve noticed when talking to people about their nutrition is that they’re taking too much carbs and not enough fats in their diet. They take a lot of sports drinks after training or fruit or cereal bars but they’re not getting enough protein to recuperate from training or competing.
They’re also not getting enough quality fats. They may be eating too many fats, which is usually the bad fats from fast food or processed food.
One of the best ways to get both fats and protein is by eating nuts. They have fats that our brains need to function properly and efficiently. The types of fats that we need to have are Unsaturated Fats, as well as Omega 3, 6 and 9.
Nuts give us a quality form of fats. In a later article I will go into more detail about what they do. For now, just know, you need fat in your diet so you can actually lose fat off your body.
So, I recommend nuts, not only as a protein source, but also as a fat source. For me, almonds are the best. Walnuts and brazil nuts are just as good. It depends on your taste. When buying them, make sure they’re as raw as possible. Keep away from the roasted, salted, blanched or any processing that can be done to them. Raw and fresh is what you’re looking for.
So, enjoy some nuts and see your health increase.
If you have any questions or comments about anything here, just let me know in the box below.