A friend asked me what to eat as he know’s a nutrition monkey as I try to optimize my bball game. (Yeah, he likes how I dunk at will and talk trash, knowing I drop 3s like rain ;P). My answer … which will explain quite a bit to others. A lot of the stuff I follow that has worked well isin the below links. I find my energy, libido, and mental sharpness, and hoops ability best when I follow it … it’s good and I’ve a bit to go, but I think I’ve got the formula down – which is very counter common advice. But you asked, into the rabbit hole you go.
http://www.marksdailyapple.com (Nicely written information on food and lifestyle, very handy stuff)
http://www.whole9life.com (A great way to implement healthy paleolithical eating, funly written, I love the Whole30 book, bought many copies)
http://www.bulletproofexec.com (has dietary recommendations, is big on clean toxin free food, and his coffee trick – much fun)
Essentially, clean food from the land, veggies, grass-fed beef, organic when you can, minimize sugar/bread/man-made food, get healthy fats.
Breaking the sugar addiction is a force to be reckoned with, to not depend on constant sugar/carb drip and instead run
your body off of fat sources – food and body. There’s a shift that happens in order to get there, and so breaking the sugar addiction is sorta part of it … basically keep yourself well-fed with good choice non-sugary foods so the carb cravings don’t overtake you – if you haven’t eaten much in hours and a pizza or cake shows up, basically no one can fight that off if they are a 6-meal a day bread, pasty, cakes & cookie kind of person.
So the story goes …. what I’m doing is …
1. After hoops – yams/beatroots and lean protein source like fish or chicken breast cause the body is screaming for it, goes in nicely. Little fats, little veggies cause a little harder to absorb. But even food in #2 is good anyhow cause it’s good food. The idea is to speed recovery.
2. Other meals I eat are essentially – healthy fats, clean-sourced animal protein (organic/grass-fed/free range, not farmed), organic or clean vegetables.
I don’t seek carbs for the most part, just sweet potatoes and beetroot -root types of veggies after intense sports. Fruit I avoid because it’s so tasty and slow fat loss.
Some things I believe to be true:
1. High carbs = insulin spikes = store fat = do not release energy
2. Get lots of rest = digestion goes up = body heals
3. High healthy fats = more the body uses fat for energy
There are so many arguments both ways, high fat, low fat, high carb, low carb, low protein, high protein, etc, it’s mind numbing – just gotta try stuff out and see how you do.
I tried vegetarian – had a nightmare – fragile, irritable, and weak. Though I retrospect I exercised heaps and didn’t rest/recover as much. Vegan eating probably didn’t help me heal.
I like the Whole30 program as a basis to start from (the book for whole9life.com).
So much goes on sleep, stress, down time, sun time, computer time, exercise, etc that it can be tough to figure out what works – I like to try to be consistent for a while and see how things go – try not to change more than one thing at a time, to see if it helps/hurts.
The book, Why We Get Fat argues (nicely) that “eat less, exercise more” is the path to fat loss but no one ever succeeds at that for any period of time. Very well argued against the point and many gurus I follow support that this is just bad advice.
What really happens is people exercise more, get hunger (rightfully so) and eat more of the wrong stuff they are already eating that makes them fat … they get fatter even though they exercise more. Then they try to cut out calories, and the body is unhappy, stressed, and thinks there’s a famine coming, and then binges like a beast when a cake shows up – “omg food!”.
Uhh, so to ramble furthere, eat plenty of the good stuff, it keeps the hunger down, be ready to fight off the bad stuff (gluck it’s everywhere), exercise the same is fine, even a bit less as you adjust to different eating patterns/foods.
So, links above, enjoy … the word “paleo” will come up, as a general style of eating which is low in refined food, sugars, etc. High in healthy sourced foods: animals, veggies, fats …