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!
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.
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
- 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.
- grass-fed Butter
- nuts and seeds
- fish (especially sardines)
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
- 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.
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
- Chia Seeds
- Maca Root
- Camu Camu
- Drink plenty of water (drink half your body weight in ounces)
- Leave at least a 12 hour gap between dinner and breakfast the next day (try 16 hour gap as well)
- 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
Check out everything I ate during the course of 30 days in my new ebook, ‘Eat Like a Pro’
Have a great day!