There are three pillars of performance: movement, nutrition, and regeneration. However, we often put a large focus on exercise and, if we’re lucky, regeneration. But the one that typically gets too little attention, or perhaps the wrong kind of attention, is nutrition.
“Regeneration occurs most efficiently when individuals have a structured plan that includes nutrition, sleep, stretching, and inflammation control.” – Dr. Anthony Lyssy
One day, we are told carbs are good; the next day, carbs are bad. While these things may change as we uncover more through research, it’s important that nutrition is considered a cornerstone of your wellness practice.
Here are some tips to improve your nutrition:
- In general, eat good, clean food from nature. That means no food with labels, and no food that has been processed or packaged. Dr. Anthony Lyssy encourages patients to shop around the perimeter of the grocery store where things have to be kept cold and aren’t processed or packaged. Stay out of the center of the grocery store, and your body will thank you.
- Make 70% of your food intake high-quality micronutrient-rich vegetables, like kale, spinach, sweet potatoes, and berries.
- Avoid processed and refined carbohydrates, and keep gluten containing starches and sugars at an absolute minimum.
- Don’t be afraid of fats! Incorporate lots of healthy fats for optimal energy metabolism, optimal brain health, and the leanest bodies we could ask for.
Food should be our friend, not our enemy.
Not only is it imperative that we recognize how good nutrition can help us, but it’s also important to recognize the effects of poor nutrition on our bodies as well.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Poor nutrition can cause bodily inflammation, which makes it tough for your body to ever recover from that tough workout or chronic pain.
- If you have anxiety and depression, steer clear of too much caffeine or sugar. These can cause chronic inflammation, which can actually worsen the effects of anxiety and depression.
- Poor nutrition often leads to lethargy. Think of your last huge meal (maybe Thanksgiving?); did you feel tired and maybe even a little apathetic? Fill your body with good, not bad, and you’ll feel energized and sustained throughout the day.
Follow these tips and your body will be in a perfect balance for the most efficient recovery.
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