When it comes to fitness for rugby you have to cover ALL your bases and yes that includes your nutrition. It is like trying to drive a maserati with diesel in the tank.
So here is a glimpse of what is my fridge - all the time.
For those voyeurs amongst you, I thought I would give you a peek into the
staples of my fridge (and freezer).
As I have always mentioned, good nutritional choices win out in the end i.e.
over fanatically counting calories.
That is not to say calories don’t matter. Of course they do. However, most of
us either chronically under-eat or overeat. The middle ground, as always, is to
eat healthily 90% of the time with good sound nutritional principles allowing
the other 10% for the rules to fly out of the window.
If we are honest most of us eat healthy choices about 50% of the time and
wonder why fat starts appearing in awkward places.
“I just can’t seem to get rid of this” as they grab their spare tyre.
Well – start by cleaning up your home. If that is not a safe haven you can be
rest assured that being out and about will be an uphill struggle.
If it is in your pantry IT WILL END UP IN YOUR MOUTH. I have never seen this
fail. Try throwing out a packet of unopened biscuits. Go on, try it. It will be
like prizing away a kid’s toy. There will be pangs of guilt if you attempt to
delve into your bin again, even a feeling of sadness.
“But they were going to bring so much joy and happiness”
You are addicted to sugar. It is not your fault. You just are. Face it. Deal
with it. Here are my Top
Ten Foods that are in my fridge and form the cornerstone of my nutrition.
Grass Fed Beef – if you want sustained energy for the day then kick it off with
some grass fed beef. Rich in Omega-3 and CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) both
super fat burners and anti-cancer agents.
Salmon – this is one of the best sources of Omega 3, which reduce heart disease
and inflammatory conditions. It is also rich in vitamins B, A an D.
Omega 3 Rich Eggs – it is like most food an egg is not just an egg, a fish is
not just a fish. It all depends on where it came from, the soil it is raised
in, the diet it was exposed to. Eggs are no exception. Buy organic or Omega 3
enriched eggs. These are a super fast food. Whip up omelettes or have a few
hard boiled in the fridge as a quick snack.
Flax Seeds – I love my Omega 3s! Flax is a potent source of Omega 3 and works
well in balancing out your hormonal profile. It is also rich in fibre.
Greens Powder – who eats 10-12 servings of veggies a day? Hands up! Veggies
maintain the natural acid-alkaline balance that exists within each and every
one of our body’s cells. When this becomes unbalanced then problems occur.
Stress, intensive training and proteins will tip us towards acidosis. So not
only make sure that two thirds of your plate is veggies but also use green
drinks as a great pick-me-up throughout the day.
Fish Oil – every man, women and child should be taking this. The benefits are
far beyond the scope if this piece. Let’s just say- name any ailment that you
can think of and fish oil will help.
Broccoli – men with moobs and overly emotional women listen up. Broccoli (and
watercress) will help in shifting fat in embarrassing areas and balancing your
emotional state. How? It is rich in phytoestrogens that balance out the bad oestrogen
that is within your system. A powerhouse of nutrients and fibre too.
Blueberries – low in sugar, high in fibre rich in antioxidants these little
beauties are a powerhouse of nutrition. Try them frozen with natural yoghurt
and cinnamon. Lovely.
Spinach – one of the best natural sources of folic acid, a great alkaline food
and superb for preventing heart disease. Popeye was right. I use it as a base
There is more. And variety is the key. But have a close look at the staples in
your fridge. Try swapping one poor choice for one of the above and a positive
step has been taken already.
When it comes to rugby fitness then make sure that your nutrition matches your
efforts on the pitch.