5 Things that Provide a Natural Advantage in Athletic Performance.
As we prepare for the launch of the Blue Vase Performance Institute in the 4th quarter of this year, I wanted to share some foundational natural nutrition tips for athletes-in-training. This is a list of some of the foods you need to work into your diet if you are on a training or workout program.
Coconut oil (preferably raw and organic) produces extra energy through the medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) contained within. These MCTs are essential fatty acids which are easily digested and absorbed into the body. Studies have shown that coconut oil increases endurance, reduces the body’s reliance on carbohydrates, and can aid in the reduction of fat. It doesn’t have a strong taste, and it can be used in cooking. You can also replace the milk in your smoothies with coconut milk, or just choke down a couple of teaspoons in the morning before breakfast (it has a mild taste and doesn’t leave much of an oily residue).
The Aztecs had it figured out. They would carry a leather pouch filled with Chia seeds when they were hunting or had long areas of harsh terrain to traverse. They called it ‘warrior’s food’. It is a better method of carb loading. One tablespoon of Chia seeds equals one day’s worth of energy. Mix it into your smoothie in the morning, or sprinkle them on your breakfast eggs or lunch salad.
Berries are nature’s vitamins. They are high in antioxidants, aid in cellular regeneration, help in the neutralization of free radicals in the environment, and they taste really good! They aid in recovery and in healing muscle tissue after a workout (they stimulate the natural production of human growth hormone). Berries can help reduce body fat, build lean muscle, help you rest, and increase libido. Your ‘brain fog’ will also dissipate. Work blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and goji berries (preferably organic) into your life. You will not regret it.
Coconut water is nature’s gatorade. It is full of electrolytes and potassium. It replenishes you after a workout and aids your recovery. Organic, pure coconut water contains a lot less sugar than a sports drink, and much more potassium than a banana. The bottom line is, it is natural. It was developed inside a coconut, not in a lab. Try and find organic versions with no added sugar or colors.
HIGH QUALITY PROTEINS
Include a lot of high-quality proteins in your diet; such as grass-fed beef and organic turkey and chicken. Supplement your daily regimen with whey or collagen proteins (organic, with no artificial sweeteners). These proteins are essential for fat-burning, recovery, and building muscle.
These are a few easy ways to get the most out of your training. Sweat, vegetables, and lots of water complete the pathway to athletic dominance. Train, compete, and WIN!