An Athlete's Diet

Diet is the sum total of all activity.


It includes all the foods, beverages, supplements and snacks eaten.

This provides all the proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and other cofactors required for proper function.


Unfortunately, it also contains all the preservatives, additives, colorants, carcinogens and other modified chemicals that initiate illness


 The Ancient Greeks viewed the word diet as way of life and included activity in its meaning Hence this diet is based on fueling the body for exercise

This diet provides for a different set of needs compared to a diet for sedentary people

This is a diet for Athletes.


An athlete's diet, and exercise is its most important component.



Exercise on a regular basis causes the body to maintain a high level of metabolic efficiency and allows for the proper movement of limbs and mobility of the spine.

Over time, the preventive effects of exercise are undeniable.



A good diet meets the needs of exercising muscles.

An athlete's diet improves exercise performance, enhances immunity and accelerates healing.



Exercise improves health.


The absence of exercise causes disease.



Exercise also creates inflammation, free radicals, swelling, pain and injury.



Good athletes prepare for these molecular events by following an athlete's diet.

An athlete's diet is a program fueled by colorful carbohydrates, protected with antioxidants and sprinkled with a host of anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic and anti-cancer compounds.


These compounds, collectively minimize the harmful products of exercise.

Healing foods.




The reason to follow an athlete's diet is to minimize Injury

An athlete's diet is one that provides enough fuel to drive activity and delivers a spectrum of phytonutrients needed to repress the inflammation and free radical attacks that flow from exercise.

Prevention is key.


An Athlete's Diet helps the body recover from exercise as well as improve performance.

The more elite the athlete, the more valuable this edge is.

 This runs contrary to what nutritional charlatans promote with their insistence on protein.

High protein diets are sedentary diets.

High protein diets slow down the metabolic machinery of mitochondria.

They shut down the production of certain enzymes that regulate the citric acid cycle.

They throw a monkey-wrench into the cell’s metabolic pathways.


High protein diets are deficient in antioxidants.

High protein diets are recommended by weight loss gurus because they produce weight loss and by bodybuilders since protein is needed to build muscle.

High protein diets depend on the inefficient conversion of fat into energy.

They intentionally gum up cellular respiration to force the body to rely on the oxidation of fatty acids to fuel activity.

So for sedentary and overweight people who want to lose weight, it might be worth the risk but for an athlete trying to shed a few pounds, forget it.

Athletes should avoid diets geared to different metabolic types.

Athletes need an Athlete's diet.



Athletes who follow a high protein diet are damaging their bodies.

They are failing to provide all the essential nutrients needed by the body to carry out healing. 


The body's healing system directs recovery from exercise by an assortment of molecular events that wall off and rebuild local areas.


To direct events more on the rebuild side and less on the containment directive requires a full library of compounds.

Naturally repressing inflammation.

Repair and prevent molecular injury.  


These are the many pigments, saponins, and alkaloids found in food.

These are plants that grow in the ground.

They are not found in meals rich in meat or those that severely limit carbohydrate content.

The importance of these colorful and odoriferous phytopigments is of paramount importance to athletes.

Their absence prematurely ages people.


Not only do these molecules make foods look, taste and smell wonderful but they prevent diseases, repress inflammation and delay aging.

A Black Box warning should be required on the book jackets and food labels that promote carbohydrate restricted diets.  These diets assume the absence of exercise.

This program is designed for active people, however that activity is generated.

It should not be followed by unhealthy people until they have made the first step towards regaining their health.


Unhealthy non-athletes, who may lead meaningful and productive lives are unhealthy if they are inactive.


It is that simple.

The foods and botanical supplements recommended on these pages are geared to a healthy athlete’s metabolismn not a sedentary one.  

Only athletes attain this state.

Healthy people who work sedentary jobs must find imaginative ways to structure their free time to include exercise.

Early morning, lunch breaks, after dinner.

The more demands from the job, the more intense the need for exercise.

Exercise is built into the lives of farmers, builders and ranchers.

They don’t need as much recreational exercise as those who are desk bound. desk bound athletes create sedentary stress.

To improve their health, they must stimulate their metabolic systems, outside of work.


The metabolic needs of people who exercise are more than those of sedentary people.


Athletes whose work requires activity are fortunate. But even they must work to improve their aerobic conditioning. For without this vital component of exercise, the anaerobic advantages they gained from manual labor is lost.

Unhealthy people may lead busy lives but it is also an inactive one. Unhealthy people become focused on material success to validate their life and then depend on drugs to cure their unhealthiness.

Children who choose sedentary activities like video games and ‘chilling out’ during their leisure time will be more afflicted with these diseases than children who choose to move.



Leisure Time


Sedentary life creates sedentary stress. Vacation time should relieves stress. Often it doesn’t.

Americans relax their mind while vacationing, athletes exert their bodies.

Americans allow their body to absorb more stress on vacation through the unhealthy practices of inactivity, overeating and serious drinking.

Package sun vacations offer convenience with plenty of rest and relaxation. Unfortunately without exercise, their metabolic systems remain repressed. Vacations are another way Americans remain inactive. Sunbathing doesn’t burn calories, just skin.

Vacations are a great remedy for sedentary stress if they include strenuous activity.
Athletes should choose vacations based on activities like hiking, exploring and rafting instead of pre-packaged ones.


Athletes who push their bodies during vacations run a higher risk of injury just as weekend warriors do.

Being active during daily leisure time is far more beneficial than two weeks of pain.

Athletes benefit from exertion while those who lounge on beaches don‘t.

There is always an excuse to not exercise.

Athletes find ways to workout.

Walk, run, bike or swim. On land or in water, athletes need to move.

One of the great secrets of travellers is that beaches all over the world are amazing places to workout.

Even the fancy resorts with reclining chairs and waitress service can be run on.

And you don’t see a city any better than by jogging at dawn.

Athletes find ways to move.

Consistent and regular exercise.

There are no quick solutions to ease the misery and suffering of the unhealthy.

These pages just educates athletes on the best ways  to avoid becoming one of them.

Elitist Approach

This guide is written for athletes, a minority of Americans who are devoted to movement.

While the wealthy use their day to earn and spend money, athletes finds ways to burn calories.

The Athlete's Diet is an elitist approach to good health.

It is designed for a small group of elite individuals, athletes.

Not just the professionals who earn astronomical incomes from their skill, but all athletes.

 Athletes share a common love to exercise.

Athletes who view exercise as a religion and the pathway to good health.

Athletes who believe exercise is the healthy way to feel good.

Athletes who believe exercise is cool.

The Athlete's Diet relies on the fruit of exercise to achieve good health.

Exertion is the engine that prevents disease.

The residue of Nature’s simple design are the biological adaptations that flow from exercise.

These improvements can only occur with frequent, repetitive use.


Some of the adaptations immediately disappear when the athlete stops exercising for any length of time, and quickly reappear once exercise recommences.

For example, during periods of regular aerobic exercise, the heart has a surge in the formation of collateral blood vessels. These are the blood vessels that nourish the heart. They become shut down when the athletes stops exercising and the heart no longer needs them.  They can quickly be recruited during exercise.

The positive adaptations that occur following exercise improves the health of athletes.

Negative adaptations are caused by improper movement, sedentary behavior and protein diets.

Movement is healthy. Inactivity is not.

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