What We Eat

The old saying is, “You are what you eat.”  So, do you want to be a cow or a cornstalk? For many senior tennis players, the key ingredients in their daily diets have changed over the years … mostly for the better.

Diets Come and Go

As DeDe can testify, my “diet” has changed over the years … from high carb to low carb … from meats to chickens to fish… and now, heavily into fruits, vegetables and nuts.  But what is the most healthy balance to have in your foods?

The current trend is now towards a more “plant based diet.”  According to the Harvard Medical School, “Plant-based or plant-forward eating patterns focus on foods primarily from plants. This includes not only fruits and vegetables, but also nuts, seeds, oils, whole grains, legumes, and beans. It doesn’t mean that you are vegetarian or vegan and never eat meat or dairy. Rather, you are proportionately choosing more of your foods from plant sources.”

“What is the evidence that plant-based eating patterns are healthy? Much nutrition research has examined plant-based eating patterns such as the Mediterranean diet and a vegetarian diet. The Mediterranean diet has a foundation of plant-based foods; it also includes fish, poultry, eggs, cheese, and yogurt a few times a week, with meats and sweets less often.”

“The Mediterranean diet has been shown in both large population studies and randomized clinical trials to reduce risk of heart disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, certain cancers (specifically colon, breast, and prostate cancer), depression, and in older adults, a decreased risk of frailty, along with better mental and physical function.”

Plant Based Diet Seminar

Naples area tennis pro Myke Landauer is coordinating a December 12th  information sharing webinar on this subject.  She says, “We are trying to encourage tennis players to take a closer look at their nutritional habits.  Medical facts will be presented concerning the benefits of eating a plant based diet, easy recipes will be demonstrated, and an informative q&a will be presented to answer the many questions that players will have.”

“Our goal is to reach out to as many tennis players, regardless of age and ability, to educate them on how even making the slightest of changes to their diets can make a big difference in their overall health…including heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension.”

For more information on this seminar, click HERE: http://stlveggirl.com/events/boost-your-performance-tennis-and-plant-based-diet/

How have your eating habits changed and what do YOU eat?

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8 thoughts on “What We Eat

  1. Up until my recent dietary restrictions I have always believed in everything in moderation. Restrictive fad diets can be harmful, as well as helpful. Total caloric intake should be watched because extra pounds usually means extra problems.
    Most current research shows that high sugar intake is probably the most harmful thing in the diet followed closely by trans fats and high saturated fat foods.

    Doc, thanks, george

  2. George,

    Thanks for bringing up this important topic. I’ve been eating the Mediterranean Diet since 1978 and am a practicing Pescatarian–mostly whole grains, fruits, veggies, and seafood. My health clubs actively promote a mostly `plant based diet’ with some seafood sprinkled in and our Registered Dietitians have had great success encouraging the basic diet that the US government Pyramid or Plate now basically endorses.

    I think I’m living proof that a diet like this improves your slice groundies! 🙂

    An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!

    Laury

    Laury, good stuff! thanks, george

  3. During these difficult times, we all should take the necessary steps to be safe, stay healthy and eat well. I totally believe in three factors for optimal living: nutrition, exercise and social well-being. When it comes to the food positives, I’m all for protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats. My favorites are nuts, peanut butter, beans, oats, brown rice, eggs, wild fish, lean non-processed meats, vegetables and fruits. Foods that I avoid are chips, crackers, bread, candy, sweetened drinks, processed Foods, some dairy (milk included). Hydration for me is also important. I drink about 1/2 gallon of water every day. Lifestyle changes can be difficult and ambivalent, especially when it comes to food. But, when you look at the alternatives of what can happen from chronic diseases, we should be open to make small changes in our diets to help us succeed in living a healthier lifestyle.

    Glenn, yes, you and Tom Brady agree on guzzling the water all day long! thanks, george

  4. Plant based is for sure the ticket to good health ….
    problem is quality ….

    When going plant based many will find themselves hungry … not as satiated as they used to feel…
    So many when going plant based start consuming plant based “processed” foods like granola bars and other crap…
    this is a huge problem .

    Real food is the key…. much of what you can get your hands on these days is no longer real food ….
    Much of it is 2 months old or older when it reaches you…

    The real key is quality and quantity….
    After age 35 no more than 2 meals a day is necessary

    At all costs stay away from processed food…. this includes meat and chicken and farm raised fish and shrimp ….true farm raised beef and chicken is ok in moderation in my humble opinion. Farm raised real eggs and dairy a wonderful thing…..
    As to water ….. pay attention . Our bodies are 70% water …. it’s a very finely tuned system. Too much of it works against you …. and at all costs stay away from “cold water” …. (or cold drinks for that matter ) the body has to work very hard to deal with liquids that are not close to body temps .

    But hey what do I know … but my own experiences:-)

    Marc, as a real “foodie,” your opinions are always welcome! thanks, george

  5. George, this was a well written and informative article. As a health coach for Optavia, informing the public and changing our habits one at a time is so beneficial for a lifetime of good health..

    Pat, thanks. george

  6. George, it was very sad when the hurricane destroyed your avocado tree. Is your plant based nutrition going to be enhanced by replacement tree? One of your previous topics was avocados (and the surprisingly small quantity that was recommended in a day). Any update on home grown avocados being back in your trunk at tournaments?

    Winder, me — and all my avocado loving friends — are still deprived of my bountiful tree; and i am suffering with supermarket Haas avocados! george

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