‘Sports science’ is becoming more important for everyone seriously involved in their sport. The knowledge of highly qualified sports nutritionists, physiotherapists and doctors is essential to getting the best out of ourselves.
At the Vixens and the Diamonds, we are very fortunate to work with some highly professional sports dieticians, who help tailor our diet to our individual needs.
With all of the talk around supplements at the moment, we definitely are conscious of what we take. We generally try and get enough out of the foods we eat, but our bodies are pushed to the limit because of the amount of training we do. Sometimes if your body is lacking you need to take a multi vitamin or iron tablet for example. So, I do agree that we should ‘take a step back’. It would be great to go back to nature and only eat natural foods. I try to everyday.
One of my favourite snacks is a ‘green smoothie’ made up of green vegetables including kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, broccoli and a kiwi fruit. It doesn’t look that appealing but it tastes great and I know my body appreciates that sort of nutrition.
A ‘Recovery food’ that I’ve been eating for years is almonds. Almonds are a pretty simple, natural snack that tastes great and is packed with protein for muscle recovery as well as fibre and antioxidants such as Vitamin E. A handful of almonds with some dried fruit after training or a game is fantastic.
If you want to learn more about almonds and recover, Kerry Leach, the dietitian for the Queensland Firebirds, developed a great Recovery Fact Sheet around almonds as part of her work for Sports Dieticians Australia.
Enjoy your sport!