There’s so much stigma, dogma, confusion, insecurities, misinformation, name-calling, and all kinds of emotion surrounding the topic of diet, especially in athletics where the pressures of identity, competition, and success/failure are multiplied and put in the spotlight.
I one hundred percent get it. I’ve been there too. -
But I’m gonna throw some ideas out there that hopefully help transcend the madness surrounding the topic and show that 1) nutrition and the biochemistry of the body is freaking incredible and 2) if we look at diet the same way as our training, meaning in terms of cause, effect, and adaptation, we can take control of how we feel, how we recover, and how we throw.
Why what we eat matters
🔑: The biochemistry of our body has two major components: our internal environment and our NUTRITION.
🔑: We can control the internal environment through exercise, stress management, sleep, etc... our nutrition is what we eat.
🔑: The biochemistry of our body is the foundation of recovery, muscle growth and repair, inflammation, brain function, cellular function, and energy systems.
🔑: ALL of that ^ is crucial in athletics and life.
🔑Javelin in particular is going to have crazy recovery demands due to the high impact, high intensity nature of the sport.
🔑: We’ve gotta look beyond just calories, protein, carbs, fat, bulking, cutting, fasting, etc. in this sport. We need to find ways to regulate inflammation, maximize protein synthesis, optimize hormone levels, neurotransmitter function, and energy system utilization, and fill in our nutritional deficiencies in terms of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
🔑: Remember that the body adapts based on the stress you put on it, using the materials you feed it. In the words of @jump_science
“ATHLETES GOTTA EAT.”
🔑: Part Two I’ll go into more actionable specifics, but the main theme here comes back to *intentionality* ... we can take control if we can transcend the murkiness that surrounds the word diet.
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