How My Diet Changed My Basketball Career

Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or a greater benefit.

Do Your Own Research

It wasn’t until I tore my ACL a few 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!

deep nutrition

My Diet In Detail

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. It’s important to keep these foods in their nature states as well.

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.


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
  • Sautéed assortment of veggieS
  • My smoothie recipes with greens, berries, avocado, chia seeds, and water as the base.

My Eating Routine

On game days and the heat of the season I usually will have a big sized breakfast pretty soon to waking up, but most the time is usually have a 12 hour gap from dinner to breakfast, and some of the times i have a 16 hour gap between dinner and breakfast. I try to eat between the hours 10 a.m and 6 p.m and fast the other 16 hours to better help heal the body.

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. Check out my post on Intermittentfasting to learn more about this.

Enough Water and Enough Food

Make sure you drink enough water and try to get as much quality water as you can. You can add trace minerals to your water as well to improve the quality.

When it comes to food focus on the quality of your food and not so much on the quantity. Don’t focus on how much you eat focus on what you eat.

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.

  • Avocados
  • eggs
  • grass-fed Butter
  • nuts and seeds
  • fish (especially sardines)
  • olives

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

Three Health Books that changed my lifeI 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

  • 1 Tablespoon chia seed
  • 2 cups kale
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 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.

1) L-Glutamine


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.

3) Cod Liver Oil- This superfood is full of omega-3 fatty acids. It also contains high amounts of vitamins A and D.

My favorite Smoothie Superfood’s

  • Spirulina
  • Chia Seeds
  • Maca Root
  • Camu Camu
  • chlorella


  1. Drink plenty of water (drink half your body weight in ounces)
  2. Leave at least a 12 hour gap between dinner and breakfast the next day (try 16 hour gap as well)
  3. Buy all meats organic and grass fed
  4. The more greens the better
  5. Get your essential fats
  6. Use Bone Broth and L-glutamine to maximize recovery
  7. Use smoothies to maximize health

Check out everything I ate during the course of 30 days in my new ebook, ‘Eat Like a Pro’

Have a great day!

About Kyle

Kyle Collinsworth is a professional basketball player, currently playing for the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA. He is a also a health coach, motivational speaker, and author or multiple books on health and fitness.


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  • Natalie Thompson
    Natalie Thompson

    Kyle: I was privileged to watch all of your BYU home games. Thank you for your efforts to be an example to young athletes, older athletes, and just “oldies” like me! I’m a 75 year old woman who loves the atmosphere at just about any competitive sport. I’m sure your knowledge, especially about nutrition, would have helped me long ago, but now, after two knee replacements and one hip replacement, plus rotator cuff surgery, I’ll be leaving this world with all new parts! Nevertheless, I am interested in making the years I have left HEALTHIER. I’ll be checking Athlete’s Guide 5 often to see what’s new and hopefully I’ll be able to be more active in the whatever amount of time I have left. Do you miss the Marriott? I can hardly wait for the season to start!

    • Kyle Collinsworth
      Kyle Collinsworth

      Thank you so much! It’s never too late to do anything and it’s for sure not too late to start eating more healthy. This next post i’m doing is about bone broth and I think it will be just perfect for you! I’ll be posting it this week! I do miss the marriott, but not too much because the American Airlines center is awesome as well! Thanks for your comments! keep commenting with questions or anything would like to share that’s helped you have success with your health!
      Kyle Collinsworth

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