Performance in health and nutrition is a simple equation of in and out; of dietary intake and functional output; of energy in and energy out.Throughout the day, the body requires a multitude of nutrients to provide optimal cognition and peak physical functionality. The appropriate nutrients to maintain proper brain and physical performance can only come from balanced meals and a steady supply of carbohydrates, protein, and heart-healthy fats throughout the day.To increase and maintain optimum performance, I recommend eating breakfast within one hour of waking, eating a snack or meal every 3-4 hours, and combining proteins and carbohydrates at every meal.
The main source of quick fuel for the brain is carbohydrates.Protein allows for repair and rebuilding of all tissues of the body.Heart-healthy fats are responsible for steady, long-term fuel, as well as proper performance at the cellular level. To remain productive and performing optimally both at work and in your exercise routine, it is imperative to keep your body nourished by keeping blood sugar levels steady.Skipping or delaying meals allows for dips in your body’s fuel and thus in your ability to perform.Overly processed foods will also drain the body of nutrients while whole foods will replenish it’s supply. Performance is what you make of it; as always, you are what you eat!