HEALTH & NUTRITION STRATEGIES
Meat – Stick to white meat. It is easier for your body to digest, processes faster through your body, and does not sit around in your stomach making you sluggish. Examples of white meat are chicken, turkey, and fish. Funny how white meat happens to be lean animals that can fly or move quickly? Red meat is the stuff you try to avoid if you can – which is beef or pork. Maybe it is because our cows and pigs are fed crap that it makes their meat less healthy for the body.
Proteins – Besides meat, eggs, tuna, peanut butter, and milk are an excellent source of pure protein. Remember, this is boxing and not weightlifting, so do not try to be like a bodybuilder and eat one jar of peanut butter a day. It does nothing for you.
Fruits and Vegetables – Everybody needs vitamins, this is a requirement to be a healthy person in general. Eat a wide variety of them. Remember the more colorful the better.
Liquids – Water, water, water! One gallon a day is minimum for everybody in general. Two to three gallons is necessary if you work out hard and/or live in a hot state. Again, this is a minimum, if you can drink more, do it. Stay the hell away from alcohol, it will slow you down, fatten you up, and put you in more situations where you are likely to be straying away from the healthy boxer’s lifestyle!
Fats – Stick to healthy fats. In regards to your body fat, this has more to do with your genetic makeup than anything does. If you have a body that builds up fat easily, stay away from unhealthy fats for at least five days out of the week. It is ok to enjoy your food once a week since boxing training is very tough and will burn off the fat quickly anyways. Unless you are an elite level boxer training for a world championship, your trainer will not know about the ice cream you ate for breakfast.
Supplements – Pills and lab-created substances are not natural. They will never be able provide you the same level of nutrients that you get from eating real food. The simple reason is because they are created in labs and just that you ate a 100mg pill of vitamin A does not mean your body will actually absorb it all. Your body can only absorb a certain amount of nutrients at a time and the rest goes to waste. Just be normal and stick to food. Forget about all those weightlifter’s supplements and all that. They are for looks and not for real performance. Remember, if pills really did help, we would all be eating pills instead of food.