Hi girls! I’m so honored to be sharing my love and passion of Nutritional Health with you all, especially with all our competitions creeping upon us over the next few months.
I thought I’d start by introducing myself. My name is Jax Sherlock and I too am a part of the APDA Physie family over at North Pointe Dance in Brisbane. I teach the pre-schoolers, as well as the stretch and strength classes, which I thoroughly enjoy. This year I’m working hard, nutritionally and physically, in the hope that I might place in the top 2 at Nationals. Currently, I’m studying a Bachelor in Health Science so I can better understand how to nourish my body naturally. One thing I’ve discovered is health is holistic; there’s no way around it. This means we need to look after our body both on the inside and out.
It doesn’t matter how fit you are, if you don’t eat right then all your hard work is going to waste. This also applies to if you’re eating healthily and don’t remain active, then your body won’t perform at its optimum. If you want to achieve optimal performance in health and fitness, it’s SO important to be supporting and sustaining your bodies with real, whole food and all-natural nutrients. No additives, no preservatives and no artificial ingredients. Just clean, unprocessed foods that are as close to their natural state as possible.
However, there’s so much confusion nowadays as to what this entails! Articles seem to contradict each other and it’s hard to know what’s healthy and what’s not, right? Today I’m going to give you an idea into what I believe is a great way to nourish your body when preparing for a dance competition, or any sporting event.
Firstly, as we believed in the past, energy and stamina don’t come from sugar. No longer are we eating high carb sugar meals such as pasta or bread before an event. This will only cause a quick spike in your blood sugar, followed by a huge low leaving you to feel even more exhausted than before and will hamper your performance. So unfortunately, as much as we love our Italian dishes, consuming this the night before is a big no no.
Secondly, the best way we can fuel our bodies is by loading up on healthy fats and proteins to improve our athletic endurance. Natural sugars in fruits will also give you a small spike without a massive plummet.
Here are a few ideas in how to go about your preparations for competition;
- A few hours before the competition (or the morning of) fuel up with good fats and proteins as well as a small amount of complex carbs such as sweet potato, brown rice, olive oil, coconut oil, almond butter, flaxseed oil, walnuts, almonds, cashews, eggs, chicken, salmon, avocado and any greens.
- Just before your performance eat a little bit of fruit such as an apple, pear, plum, berries (no fruit juice) or even add these into a smoothie as an extra treat!
- After exercising, we still need to remember to fuel our bodies. Our muscles have been broken down and will need amino acids from animal proteins like chicken, beef and eggs, as well as vegetables.
- Coconut water is a fantastic way to nourish our bodies by replenishing our system with a variety of nutrients and minerals. However, if this doesn’t take your fancy make sure you drink as much filtered water as possible throughout the day!
Finally, listen to what your body is telling you. We are all unique and all have different nourishment needs. Your body will let you know if what you’re doing is right. Listen to that feedback and adjust your nutritional needs accordingly.
I hope this gives you a good idea in how to prepare for your upcoming comps. I look forward to seeing you all in Toowoomba and watching you all shine on stage!
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