Old School Food, New Age Results

Winter sports are up and running, spring (at least in Florida) will be here soon. Sharing thoughts from a recent article in Sports Illustrated Jan. 16, 2017, page 18, by Jamie Lisante. Nutrition is such a big part of an athletes performance and many are looking for healthy alternatives, more than a miracle in a bottle. Imagine becoming a bone broth & stock believer, rich in nutrients, which contain healing and connective tissue building compounds such as collagen and amino acids. Think, fresh seasonal vegetables with salted butter that yield complete proteins, good fats, and antioxidants. These are some recommendations by Dr. Cate Shanahan, nutritional consultant for the LA Lakers. She also recommends meats and fish that are grass fed or wild caught. No vegetable oils or bad fats such as cottonseed, canola or corn oil. Reduce sugar and relyiance on protein products and for a treat, try whole milk and organic dark cocoa powder. Avoid things that causes inflammation as well as empty starches. Most high school athletes are not privy to personal chefs but can take ownership to not rely on a bottle, bag or packaged and processed product. Learn to read food labels, take mom to the farmers market, search for economical options. Takes a little time, but think of the benefits for your improved performance and recovery. Jim Mackie, M.Ed, ATC, LAT

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