A problem many individuals face is being under-fueled to perform at their optimal level. Busy schedules, long days, and a lack of planning are all contributing factors. It is important for everyone to learn about nutrition in order to build a strong foundation and maximize their daily performance!
Eat breakfast every morning. A morning without breakfast is like a gas tank running on empty throughout the day.
Eat frequently. Aim to eat every 2-3 hours.
Color your plate. Have 7-10 servings of fruits and vegetables to help reduce inflammation and muscle soreness.
Eat balanced snacks. Snacks should consist of healthy fats, fiber, and protein.
Post-workout recovery. Eat at least 30-60 minutes following a workout in order to refuel, aid in muscle recovery, and reduce hunger.
Have a plan. Take ownership — make a grocery list, plan your breakfast the night before, prepare and pack your snacks & meals for the day ahead.
Evaluate your nutrition plan to identify areas in which you can make improvements. Change a few habits at a time — focus on one to two weaknesses to fix. Utilize the 80/20 Rule — eat clean at least 80% of the time. Always remember balance and moderation when it comes to indulging. Once new habits are adapted, individuals are likely to see an improvement in energy levels, recovery time, and body composition.