Eat Like an Athlete, Perform at Your Best

By Shane Power, President of Watertree Health… 

Dollarphotoclub_83677752This Olympic season, I’d like to remind you to try and make smart decisions regarding your food.  As a former professional athlete, I can assure you that the foods you eat and when you eat them affects your performance on and off the courts.  I still follow these guidelines:

In general, opt for a diet that is sufficient in healthy fluids, vitamins, minerals, “good” carbohydrates, lean proteins and healthy fat.  Make time to eat breakfast because it will encourage higher levels of memory, attention span and concentration – All wonderful traits for everyone, not just athletes.  Well-timed, nutritious meals will influence the way you learn, feel and perform no matter the situation.  Regular consumption of healthy fluids and food will positively affect your entire well-being.

A few other tips I’d like to share with you:

  1. Ban sugary drinks from your diet — including fruit juices, which can contain as much sugar as soda. Sugary drinks have been strongly associated with various health problems including heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
  2. Eat food in its most natural state. Processed foods are empty calories full of unhealthy ingredients like refined grains and added sugar. 
  3. Use extra virgin olive oil — it is the healthiest fat, full of powerful antioxidants and monounsaturated fats. It’s heart-healthy and may lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Also, remember that necessary medication can be just as important to your overall health.  It is always a good idea to be compliant to the prescription schedule as directed by your doctor.  If you are not taking your drugs as instructed because of cost, check if a generic version is available or if your doctor can suggest ways to offset the drug cost.  The free Watertree Health Prescription Discount Card can also be a great help.

When you don’t take care of your health with proper nutrition and medication, it can affect your cycle of health. Improve your wellness.  Eat like a champ, perform like a champ!

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