Elite Athletics

Two of the talks during course three of the Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition were an introduction by Dr. T. Colin Campbell and a talk by triathlete Brendan Brazier.

Here is a summary of what T. Colin Campbell spoke about:

  • Athletes eating a plant-based diet can train more because they recover from training in a shorter time.
  • Extreme exercise creates a large amount of free radicals. A plant-based diet with fruits and vegetables benefit the health and performance of elite athletes by providing antioxidants that reduce free radical damage.
  • Training and rest are key components to success. A plant-based diet stresses the body less, thus allowing the body more rest.
  • The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for protein is 0.8 gm/kg body weight/day, which is about 8-10% of total calories.
  • The average age of death for a football player is about 56 years.

You can listen to six elite athletes telling their story http://tcolincampbell.org/index.php?id=336
T.Colin Campbell also recommended checking out the Vegan Athlete’s web site at
http://veganathlete.com/vegan_vegetarian_athletes.php

Here is a summary of what Brendan Brazier spoke about:

  • Usually only the training gets attention, yet to improve once performance you also need to pay attention to recovery. To accomplish a better recovery, improve your diet
  • The quicker your recovery, the greater your athletic performance.
  • Make sure you are adequately hydrated and rested before the next exercise session.
  • If you eat too much protein before intense exercise you can get muscle cramping.
  • High quality, nutrient-dense, alkaline-forming, easily digestible, plant-based whole foods are best for quick cellular repair.
  • Digesting foods takes up a lot of energy, therefore it is important to eat foods that are easily digestible and assimilated (=high-net-gain nutrition).
  • Energy obtained from nourishment (whole plant foods) is far better than energy obtained from stimulation, such as through eating refined sugar or drinking coffee.
  • During exercise make sure to never become thirsty or hungry.
  • Consume easily digestible nutrients every 25 minutes during exercise sessions exceeding two hours. He didn’t specifically say what those foods are, but fruits are simple carbohydrates.
  • A great electrolyte drink is coconut water.
  • Whey protein is highly acid-forming and promotes inflammation and with it a slower recovery rate.

For more information explore Brendan Brazier’s web site at www.brendanbrazier.com

 

 

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