There are no ‘short cuts’ or ‘quick fixes’ and at the root of every successful athletic pursuit is understanding that no training plan can overcome a poor diet. As much as I would like to tell you that callous regard of diet is ‘fine’, simply it is not and you will ‘pay the price’ if you do not consider your choices in the kitchen.
A healthy start to your day and goal achievement truly does start with breakfast. Failing to provide your body the proper nutrition at the start of the day is crucial give sleep patterns and the obvious lack of nutritional intake during said period. Obviously missed by those who ignore the importance of breakfast is the understanding that the lack of nutrition during sleep places the body in prime position for what is best described as, ‘nutrient readiness’.
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Simply, the body has not received nutrients during sleep and hence its early morning intake is crucial and the fuel to propel your day.
Following a brief exercise routine which includes dynamic mobility and before a contrast shower, consume a nutritious breakfast in the following pattern:
• Drink ½ glass of water with ¼ teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate
• Consume a morning tonic of warm water, ‘raw’ honey (from local sources) and a ¼ slice of lemon.
• Enjoy a balanced breakfast that starts with porridge (or oatmeal, millet depending upon your region), eggs, fruit, green tea and coffee (black, always black).
The choice of preparing eggs is decidedly personal with poached being accepted as the most nutritious but otherwise this simple approach will provide a ‘perfect start’ to a day for a future champion moving ‘one step closer’ to the podium.
ModernTREATS | Chocolate Chip Protein Bars
2 Full Scoops of USPlabs ModernPROTEIN
2 Tablespoons of Coconut Flour
3 Tablespoons of Rolled / Old Fashioned Oats
1 Teaspoon Xylitol (Natural Sweetener)
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Chopped Walnuts
1 Tablespoon Organic Chocolate Chips
Full recipe here
Prepared by John Davies
Recipe courtesy of USPlabs Nutrition
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