New Nutrition & Lifestyle Habits for Martial Artists

New Nutrition & Lifestyle Habits for Martial Artists

Nutrition is an incredibly important component of high performance. Without proper nutrition, your body won’t be able to grow and get stronger in the long run. Plateaus will hit everyone at some point and a lacking nutritional profile will bring that on much sooner. Although we mention calories below, we’re not going too in-depth with calorie counting or perfecting your macro balance. This is more of a general way of thinking about food so people can follow it, no matter how bad they are at sticking to diets. Here are some of our top tips for refining your fuel and improving your nutrition, through positive nutrition and lifestyle habits for martial artists.

If you forget everything else, at least remember this rule: “Eat as close to the sun as possible.” Yes, I repeated it in the title and this paragraph for a reason. If you eat a piece of meat, that was once an animal, that once ate stale grains, that were once live shoots of wheat, that were once seeds, that were once grown by the sun’s energy….well, dang, that is pretty far removed from the sun! If you eat a fresh, leafy green, that was just harvested a few days ago, that is very close to the sun. There is a reason that greens are considered the most vibrant and healthful vegetables, they are so high in chlorophyll, and related phytochemicals.

Buy your produce from a local farmer’s market, locally-sourced produce section, or local farm when possible. The fresher the food, the more vital life force that it still contains. The living body deserves living food. Start to consume probiotics, which literally have live bacteria. Kombucha is now our favorite drink, my wife has even begun to make it at home for us. This is a perfect replacement for soda, as it is naturally effervescent, and so tasty. Martial artists expend a great deal of energy in training. You will want to add plenty of protein to your diet. Eating immediately after working out, even if just a snack, is a smart way to recover and rebuild. You don’t have to buy the latest pre or post-workout drink, mix, or pills. Eating clean, natural, fresh, and real food is never a gamble. It’s clearly the way it was meant to be.

How you balance is everything for martial arts nutrition. When you pay attention to how the food you eat makes you feel, you’ll start to notice patterns of what works and what doesn’t. Keeping a food journal can really help you figure out what kinds of foods make you feel good or bad; everyone is different. At the end of the day, the best martial arts nutrition plan is the one your students will stay with. For most, focusing on eliminating processed foods and eating whole, natural foods will be enough to optimally fuel them for a healthy lifestyle.

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