Athletic Performance Without Meat
The majority of the people that work out at the gym are always snacking on protein..They talk about their whey protein shakes and eating high protein diets consisting of chicken, tuna, turkey and steak. They believe that they need to consume larger amounts of lean protein to help build their muscles. Why then are the largest and strongest animals on the planet eating 100% plant based diets? Maybe they know something we don’t!
Plants per ounce are the most nutritionally dense foods on earth! This means we need less amounts of food because they have so much more vitamins, minerals, photo nutrients and antioxidants in them than other foods. Plants are alkaline which is easily digested and plants are more easily assimilated into our bodies. Processed foods and meats contain fat, sugar, sodium and are acidic in the body which cause inflammation which leads to disease and slows down the body’s natural ability to repair itself.
For the athlete who needs lots of energy and needs to recover after a hard workout, the advantages of a Plant Based Diet are huge! By increasing the nutritional density and by getting more energy from the foods you eat combined with the anti-inflammatory foods in your diet, the advantages are:
Reduction in stress
Improved recovery time between workouts
Better quality sleep
For the athlete, a Plant Based Diet really is a huge advantage over the traditional meat/protein based diet. Gone is the increased energy it takes for the body to breakdown and digest the meat to turn the food into energy. With Plants, the digestion and assimilation is fast and easy. There is fast energy, no food coma, no dips in energy! Food is fuel for the body and the better the nutrition we put into our bodies, the better our athletic performance!
For a great, high energy workout or for an after workout repair snack, try a fruit & veggie smoothie with some almonds! You will get plenty of energy, healing and protein!