Eat Fresh, Eat Whole
Fueling your body for a workout is nothing new, and people can have their choice of flavors or dishes. But no matter what the dish is, you want to make sure it’s made of fresh and whole ingredients. The less-processed, the better. Our body digests processed foods a lot slower, and it has to face some unnatural materials, which counter some of the effects of your workout. Get your proteins from organic chicken, and your carbs from fresh vegetables.
Fat, Carbs, and Protein. You Need It All
This may come as a surprise to some of you, but you need some fats and carbs too to maintain a healthy diet. These components of your diet are not the enemy. That being said, you need to know what kind of fat it is that you consume. Don’t resort to a candy bar to get your daily dose of fat. Instead, opt for a piece of dark chocolate! A good avocado will also be a great source of healthy fat as well as potassium. Another good source of fat is to simply dress your salad with olive oil.
Know Your Snacks
Athletes burn more calories and therefore need to ingest more calories. Just because you train regularly, doesn’t mean you can’t have snacks. You just need to pick the ones that have enough nutrients. Greek yogurt with nuts is a wonderful place to start when you need some carbs that won’t weigh you down or make you feel bloated.