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Eating Styles In Sport

There are so many food options available, but are they all appropriate for athletes?

Today, we live in a world saturated with options and alternatives. Sometimes, we feel compelled to “choose” and to identify with one of the different lifestyles. Taste is in variety, right?

The multitude of options in food styles range from healthy to unhealthy, however, in this post, wee are going to look at some trends that are suitable for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Feeding Styles

We agree that nutrition and sport go hand in hand. Also, a healthy eating style and happiness are also closely related. Remember that to have a good quality of life, you should practice physical exercise and follow a healthy eating style.

As for which eating style to choose, forget about trends! Take a look at them for keeping up to date, but focus on listening to your body, feeling and experimenting with the following: –

  • What you most identify with
  • With your lifestyle
  • With the type of exercise you practice
  • With your constitution
  • With your digestion etc.

And if you still have questions, consult a sports nutrition professional.

Whatever style you eat: omnivore, vegetarian, paleo, keto , etc. the end is to be well nourished. The Internet is full of recipes and testimonials from people who say to follow a certain diet if you want to lose weight or feel better. No one better than you is going to know you or what suits you, therefore, follow your criteria and consistency to improve your health and performance.

Fashion Food Styles In Athletes

Vegetarian Food

Probably the style of eating that generates the most controversies, especially the vegan side. People and athletes who choose to embrace this eating trend, do so out of ideology and moral and ethical values of respect for animals and the environment.

The consumption of foods of vegetable origin and the reduction or total elimination of foods of animal origin is favored, therefore, we can find variants within vegetarianism.

  • Ovolácteovegetariana: Eliminates meats, fish and their derivatives and includes, in addition to foods of plant origin, eggs and dairy products.
  • Ovovegetarian: Eliminate meat, fish and dairy products. The only accepted food of animal origin is eggs.
  • Vegan: Only includes foods of plant origin, where animals are not present or in contact of any kind. It is the strictest style of eating, but beware, poorly applied, not so healthy sweeteners, nuts, etc. are abused.

Can A Vegetarian Diet Be Suitable For Athletes?

We must discard the idea that the vegetarian person is not well fed, due to the fact that they do not consume meat or fish, or that they will not develop as much strength due to lack of protein.

Both an omnivorous and vegetarian diet are susceptible to malnutrition if micro and macronutrients are not included in a balanced way. We are all responsible for our nutrition.

Where To Get Plant Protein?

  • Nuts and seeds: cashews, almonds, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, sesame, chia, etc.
  • Soy products: tofu, soy milk, soy yogurt, chopped soy, tempeh, etc.
  • Cereals and grains: rice, oats, rye, wheat, spelled, etc.
  • Legumes: beans, lentils, chickpeas, peas, etc.
  • Supermarkets such as Lidl have an organic line where you can find vegetables, fruits, legumes, cereals, bread and many more inexpensive and high-quality products.

Plant foods do not contain all the proportions of essential amino acids, but this deficit is solved by combining grains with legumes, in this way, we obtain a high quality protein, for example, in lentils with rice , chickpeas with quinoa, etc.

Well-known athletes such as Carl Lewis (sprinter), Eneko LLanos (triathlete), Novak Djokovic (tennis player), Steph Davis (climbing), Scott Jurek (ultramarathon) or Alberto Rulos (bodybuilder), are some examples of vegetarian athletes and in the majority of the cases, they are vegan.

Ketogenic Or Keto Feeding

Despite looking like a modern eating plan, it is almost a century old. It was Russell M. Wilder, a professor, physician, and scientist closely associated with diabetes research and nutrition, who coined this term in 1921.

There are still doubts about this style of eating, is a low carbohydrate consumption allowed? Do you have health contraindications? and etc. What is a fact is that it has become one of the most sought after diet styles on the internet to lose weight.

The ketogenic diet (or keto diet) seeks to generate a situation of ketosis in the body, this diet is low in carbohydrates and carbohydrates and rich in proteins and fats.

The reaction of the body and s ta s ocation ketosis, is very similar to that produced in fasting. The energy is obtained from stored fat and get a quick weight loss.

What Foods Are Allowed?

  • Vegetables with low carbohydrates “surface vegetables”: spinach and generally green leafy vegetables, avocado, cucumber, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, cabbage, tomato and onion.
  • Blue fish, rich in polyunsaturated fats: salmon, sardines, anchovies, mackerel, trout, tuna, pomfret, chicharro, bonito, swordfish.
  • Meat and sausages: chicken and turkey, but you can also eat fatty meats.
  • Eggs and mayonnaise.
  • Fatty dairy products: heavy cream, butter, goat cheese, ghee, cheddar, mozzarella, or plain unsweetened yogurt.
  • Nuts and seeds: walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds.
  • Extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil and avocado oil.
  • Forest fruits: blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.
  • Salt, pepper, spices, mustard, tahini and etc.

What Foods Are Not Allowed?

  • Sugar and processed: juices, sugary drinks, sweets, cookies, pastries, sauces and etc.
  • Cereals and derivatives (even whole grains).
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits the rest that are out of those mentioned above.
  • Vegetables the rest that are out of those mentioned above.
  • Alcoholic beverages.

Focusing the base of this diet on healthy fats, I recommend that you bet on quality products such as a good evoo.

It is important that you go to a nutritionist or sports nutritionist if you are thinking of following this style of eating and practice sports frequently, since such a drastic restriction of carbohydrates without knowledge can cause some health problems.

Paleo Or Paleodiet Feed

The paleo diet, also known as the Paleolithic diet, tries to create a food system in order to get back in sync with our genetics and evolutionary reality. What does this mean?

It is based on the consumption of food available in nature before the Neolithic Revolution, agriculture and the beginning of the sedentary human being, when hunting and gathering.

As advice, since the main pillar of this diet is animal protein, it would be good if you consider consuming quality meat and choosing farms that protect the ecosystem in a responsible way.

For a person who begins with this style of eating, it is recommended that they start little by little, this diet does not require great efforts in the kitchen, with knowing how to cook some vegetables, meat and fish in the oven / grill, you already have almost all the work done.

If you are wondering what is the style of eating that I practice, the answer is all. As I said at the beginning, the important thing is that you listen to your body and choose the one that makes you happy and feel good.

In my case, I consider myself a follower of the healthy food movement. My goal is to eat as healthy and balanced as possible, taking into account my lifestyle, but above all, I enjoy eating.

The basis of my diet is vegetable, I eat a lot of vegetables, vegetables, fruits, legumes, cereals, but I also like meat and fish. I give my body what it needs and what I like the most.

If it happens to you like me and you like healthy food, do not miss this selection of healthy restaurants. Always try to choose natural products and above all, respect your body and be true to your values.


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