The Olympian Diet

Athletes deal with training on a daily basis. They not only have to go through rigorous trainings, they also have to follow a strict diet regimen in order to stay in shape.

Yes, proper nutrition is also an important factor to be considered in ensuring an athlete’s top performance. Nevertheless, proper nutrition is a necessity that is not exclusive to athletes alone. Ordinary people like you and me should also get involved in a diet that would aid proper nutrition.

Here are seven ways to work good nutrition into our daily life:

Have a healthy, full meal for breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so never skip this meal. Be sure to incorporate both protein and carbohydrates in your breakfast meal. The former will maintain your glucose levels all throughout the morning while the latter will provide you with the energy you need to start your day.

Healthy options for breakfast include low-fat yogurt and fresh fruit, whole wheat cereal and skimmed milk with fresh fruit, vegetable omelet with whole wheat toast and orange juice, scrambled eggs and one-half whole wheat bagel.

Strengthen the immune system

Being fit and healthy means we are not easily susceptible to infections and diseases. We can ensure this by building a strong immune system. Eating foods that are rich in anti-oxidants, fruits, vegetables, seafoods, low-fat dairy products and tofu can strengthen our immune system.

Do not overeat

Eat foods in small amounts more frequently. This can help you attain a leaner body mass and may also decrease fat. This habit will also aid in speeding up your metabolism.

Load up on carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are important in keeping your physical performance in top shape. Carbohydrates also help us to stay in focus as well as to keep our mental functions sharp. Good choices of carbohydrates include breads, bagels, cereals, bran, grains, pasta, rice and crackers.

We do not have to be athletes to discipline ourselves to maintain a healthy diet. We only have to know that proper nutrition is important in shielding ourselves from stress, fatigue and poor physical performance to embrace a lifestyle that is healthy and non-sedentary.