The human bodies preferred fuel source for energy and brain function is carbohydrates from whole-foods. While all macro nutrients are essential for the healthy functioning of the human body, when exercising and training a whole-food plant based diet is optimal. Eating a wide variety of different fresh, raw and cooked fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and grains, will give you adequate amounts of macro nutrients in the right percentages, without you having to worry.
A diet high in fibre direct from whole-foods, particularly carbohydrates, moderate amounts of protein and small amounts of fat is ideal for athletic performance, recovery and overall health and well-being.
Some benefits of adopting a whole-food plant-based diet when you are participating in physical activity may include;
- Reduced inflammation
- Assists in hydration
- Protects cells from free radicals and stress due to high amounts of antioxidants
- Quicker recovery time
- Promotes deep sleep cycles
- Better digestion and absorption of nutrients
Boosts immune system which decreases the risk of injury or illness
Improvements to lean muscle mass
- Optimal body fat percentage
One thing to remember is that every plant food on this planet contains protein. Resistance training is what builds muscles. Carbohydrates are what fuels the body for sustained energy and strength when training.
While protein is essential for muscle recovery, its resistance training that builds muscles not protein.
Whether you are a whole-food plant-based ultra marathon runner like Rich Roll, a vegan body builder like Nimai Delgado, a plant-based international tennis star like Serena Williams, trust that mother nature will support you in every facet of your life.