My Diet in detail
It wasn’t until I tore my ACL a couple years ago that I started eating healthy. All of the knowledge that I have on health and nutrition I discovered myself through research. I taught myself through books and the internet how I could use food to maximize my performance and recovery. Here are some of the things that i’ve learned and done that have helped me with my performance in Basketball. Check it out and let me know what you think!
When it comes to knowing what foods I can and can’t eat I always ask myself this one question: DID IT COME FROM GOD?
Think about it!? What food has God made that is unhealthy for us? All these plants, herbs, and fruits. He gave us animals to get meat and milk to drink. We have chickens that provide meat and eggs for us as well. People use to live off the land, which means they ate all the things God gave us. I could make a huge list, but the point is when it comes to my diet my rule of thumb is IF IT CAME FROM GOD I EAT IT.
Throughout the years my diet has gotten progressively better and better. About a year ago I discovered a book called, DEEP NUTRITION. Chapter 7 in this book is where I base the majority of my diet. If you love to read about health and nutrition this is a most read. It really helps you discover how important food is for our health and the future health of our kids. It connects food with genes. The better the food the better the genes.
BUY MEAT THAT IS ORGANIC AND GRASS FED
I could go into great details about why it’s so much better for you, but if you really want to know the details you can find them in the book I listed above or just type in, Why grass fed meat in google? I know for me it’s crucial that I only eat organic and grass-fed Meat.
My Breakfast Foods
- Free range eggs
- Organic Gluten Free steel Cut Oats
- Variety of fresh organic fruits
- My smoothie recipes
My Eating Routine
We’ve always heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it’s because food is energy and you need energy to start your day. I try to eat the most food during my breakfast and lunch meals. The reason I do this is during those hours is when I need the most energy. By the time i’m eating dinner i’m done training for the day. One thing I try to do is to avoid eating heavy meats and meals at night. The reason I do this is because when you eat meat at night all the blood rushes into your stomach to help digest the food while you are sleeping. As an athlete during the night you need all the blood to go throughout your entire body to help heal and recover for the next day. I Try to keep it light and tight after 6pm.
Enough Water and Enough Food
As an athlete you have to make sure you get enough water and minerals and food for your body. I try to drink at least 1 gallon of water a day and eat at least 5,000 calories a day. Some days are better than others, but I find if I get close to that mark my body feels energized and ready to go.
Make Sure You Get Your Essential Fats
It is very crucial for the body and brain to get enough fat. There is a reason why they are called essential fats. Here is a list of things I eat to make sure I get all my fats.
- grass-fed Butter
- nuts and seeds
The More Greens The Better
I have at least one smoothie a day and in that smoothie I will always add some type of green. Usually Kale, spinach, or some type of green in there. I will make at least one salad a day too. I usually go no dressing on my salads and just add fruit and chia seeds.
My favorite smoothies
I get majority of my smoothie recipes out of this Book called The Green Smoothie Prescription Click here. This book contains a ton of smoothie Recipes for certain needs you may have. She has smoothies called, No More Migraines, Inflammation Cure, Heart-Healing Smoothie and many many more. If you love smoothies and want to improve your overall health this is a great book to read and apply.
My Game Day Smoothie
- 2 cups kale
- 1 Tablespoon chia seed
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1 banana
- 10 grams L-Glutamine
- 1 cup coconut water
My Secret weapons
An athlete has to recovery and keep his joints and ligaments healthy. I have two ways to do this that must athletes don’t do.
L Glutamine helps increase growth hormone and helps the body recover. Since I workout about 5-6 hours a day I take 15 grams in the morning and 15 grams at night. I usually just mix it with water. This helps my body recover so good and whenever I take it I don’t get as nearly as sore post workouts. Purchase Here
Go to google and type in L-Glutamine and get descriptive detail on what L-Glutamine is and what it does for your body.
2) Bone Broth- If you don’t know what bone broth is you’re missing out. Bone Broth is when you put bones into a crock pot and cook it for 12 hours plus and all the ligaments and minerals falls off the bones and it forms broth that you drink like soup. On page 134 in Deep Nutrition it dives into all the benefits of adding Bone broth into your diet. Out of all the things i’ve listed this one is the most important one to me as an athlete. Eat Bone Broth for 2 weeks and you will begin to feel a huge difference with your body. Our ancestors ate bone broth so I think it would be smart if we did too. I try to have bone broth 2-3 times a week at least, the more the better though.
My favorite Superfood’s
- Chia Seeds
- Maca Root
- Camu Camu
- Drink plenty of water and get enough calories (depends on your height and weight and level of exercise)
- Make breakfast and lunch your big meals and avoid eating heaving meats late at night
- Buy all meats organic and grass fed
- The more greens the better
- Get your essential fats
- Use Bone Broth and L-glutamine to maximize recovery
- Use smoothies to maximize health
Comment back with the foods you eat to maximize athletic performance. Remember the more ideas we have the better we all will be! Thanks guys