A NEW BREED OF ANIMAL & PLANET FRIENDLY ATHLETE
Traditionally speaking, most people, believe that in order to achieve our athletic best, we must eat animal products.
The general consensus is that the human body requires large amounts of protein, lots of carbohydrates, and foods low in fat to complete at the highest levels.
Even at the amateur level, the standard gym goer, cyclist or runner, believe that a diet high in calories from carbohydrates and protein is the most optimal approach to ensure consistent gains and achieve long term success.
However, in the last 10 years or so, a new breed of athlete has swam to the shore, climbed the mountain, pumped the iron and lifted the trophy.
This new breed of athletic competitor is more concerned with absorbable nutrients that digest fully and quickly. They are looking for optimal recovery and sustained long term energy that is both balanced and complete.
TRAINING TO BE THE BEST
It’s not necessarily that they are trying to highlight the benefits of a vegan based plant powered approach, more that it is simply the most effective way for them to compete at the elite level.
Not only are these athletes competing at the highest levels, but they are simultaneously, bullet proofing their future with dietary approaches that help them reach maximum potential whilst also reducing the risk of disease, injury and long term damage.
Although still rare, these plant-based performers are breaking records.
The likes of Dr Bill Misner (half marathon record setter for his age group and Rich Roll (Epic 5) are breaking world records and achieving the unachievable, all whilst maintaining optimal bodily nutrient levels, improving their recovery, reducing carbon emissions and giving a thumbs up to the cows.
Brendan Brazier, former professional Ironman triathlete, two time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion and formulator of the vegan based supplement line Vega, was one of the first to shine light on the athletic advantages of plant foods back in 2008.
In his book, Brazier shares his story of becoming an iron man triathlete, paying credit to plant-based nutrition and the the concept behind net-gain energy.
The idea behind net-gain nutrition is simple; food provides us with a certain amount of energy. To digest food, requires our body to use energy.
If we consume foods that take more energy to digest than they provide, then we are left with a deficit of energy. I call this negative energy.
If the food is easy to digest, thus requiring less energy to process it than it provides, we gain energy, otherwise known as net-gain.
Tony Robbins, commonly known for Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), coaching and performance seminars, has a series of health talks called Living Health in which he discusses the energy levels of food.
In the bonus recording of ‘Living Health’ Tony discusses the electrical energy output of food, with one of the top scientist in this field, Dr Robert O Young.
During the discussion*14, they put forth the idea behind the necessity to consume foods that offer a high energy net-gain and a low PH, not only for athletic purposes, but for longevity and disease prevention.