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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