At AXSOM, we believe that the process of eating should be viewed simply as fuelling the body. In the same way that a high performance car needs clean fuel to perform to the highest level, the body needs clean fuel to be at its most efficient and effective. We fuel to train, fuel to recover, and fuel to compete. This is applicable in all areas of life, not just with regards to competitive athletes. With nutrition, you are not only fueling the body, but the mind too, as food provides energy for our brain as well as our bodies.
Naturally we want to feel energised and focused every day, but without adequate and appropriate fuel, we simply wont. Luckily, the process of change shouldn’t be difficult. Perfection at all times is not expected when fueling the body. We usually try for 80% good clean food eaten frequently, with some flexibility (20%) for when life gets in the way. A simple guide when it comes to choosing a food is pick a food which has undergone the least processing from farm to fork. Naturally, whole foods are always best.
If you want to change the way you fuel your body, it won’t be difficult. We have our clients follow the following approach when it comes to nutrition. It is both a simple and effective framework to enable you to fuel for plenty of energy while supporting brain and muscle recovery.
Create your nutritional plans around your own goals, habits and body-type.
You have specific eating habits and you don’t have to completely change that. However, small adjustments in the right direction may make a big difference over time.
You also may have a personal goal, whether its a performance goal or body composition goal, choose food that will best support this goal.
EAT WITH PURPOSE
Use the time while you eat to contemplate other aspects of life, even to meet friends or socialise.
It is a good idea to eat when its time to, not because you want to.
Socializing or unwinding will help slow you down while eating and give you a chance to digest the food.
EAT FOR FUEL
Make good, natural choices to fuel your body for your day and for whatever tasks or obstacles are ahead.
Choose foods that are most nutritious and colourful to help prevent illness or becoming unwell.
Choose foods that support brain power and function such as good fats and oils.
Choose foods to support muscle growth and recovery such as poultry or fish.
Choose foods to give you energy such as grains and unprocessed carbs.
EAT TO SUSTAIN
Sustain energy, metabolism and hydration to increase the value of each meal.
Eat within 30 minutes of waking up.
Eat every 3 hours.
Make good hydration choices such as herbal teas and water with a pH of 7+.
Just as our sport or occupational performance is a work in progress, our nutritional plans will always need adjustments. As a rule, once you have mastered a change of habit, try to master another and continually improve the way you FUEL your body. It is worth the time and energy investment.