July 05, 2016

Plant-Based Eating and Improved Athletic Performance

When most athletes and people who exercise think about their diet, they often focus on the amount of protein, carbs and fat they are consuming.  What they often neglect is the importance of reducing inflammation through their diet.  Exercise by its very nature causes inflammation and the buildup of lactic acid in the body.  Your body has to remove the acid build-up in order to begin the recuperation process.  Eating an acidic diet that contains processed and refined foods such as meat, cheese, soft drinks, white bread and sweets will cause additional levels of acid and inflammation, which will prolong the recovery time after exercise.

Plant-based diets are alkaline (the opposite of acidic) and fight inflammation.  Not only can they help to improve your overall health, but they can also improve your workouts and shorten your recovery times.  To maintain a healthy acid alkaline balance in your body, it’s important to consume a diet heavy in green leafy vegetables and vegetables in general, fruits, roots vegetables, whole grains and legumes (beans).

More athletes are becoming plant-based eaters, like tennis stars Venus & Serena Williams, NFL All-Pro Tight End Tony Gonzalez, Mr. Universe Barny du Plessis, World’s Strongest Man Patrik Baboumian, and Ultra Endurance Athlete Rich Roll, the 1st man to complete 5 Ironmans in 5 days.

So not only does a low-fat, whole-food, plant-based diet eliminate and reverse serious illnesses, but it can also help athletes recover faster and train harder.  Thanks to Fred, a plant-based diet can also be extremely satisfying and delicious. If you’re looking for the perfect pre-workout or post-workout snack or meal, stop by Fred & Ricky’s for some plant-delicious food!



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