Looking for a game-changer in your quest for excellence? Bring home the gold with proven nutrition secrets of Olympic athletes. While there are plenty of motives to fuel an Olympian's desire for success, proper sports nutrition is one thing no Olympic athelete can succeed without. The brawn and beauty of Olympian "gods" has been marveled over since the Ancient Olympic Games, and the "2014 Winter Olympics" presents another chance to witness how mere mortals can achieve physical human "perfection" with sports nutrition, dedication, boundless energy and hard work.
Sure there are those bizarre reports on what Olympic athletes eat, such as feasting on fast-food, burgers, and downing pounds of pasta and whole pizzas daily, yet due to the incredible amount of training they engage in - they can most likely eat anything they want and not gain weight. Keep in mind, this does not mean what these particular Olympic athletes eat should be considered healthy. In fact, performance backlashes from consistently consuming fast food and an un-healthy diet have some of the most notorious Olympic nutrition offenders seeking healthy diet alternatives, swearing off the fast food and whole pizzas binges in exchange for sports nutrition choices Olympic athletes are known for.
Research shows that athletes can train harder and recover more quickly with the proper diet and hydration; and while conventional sports drinks and protein bars are not unhealthy, sports nutrition professionals counsel 2014 Winter Olympic atheletes to concentrate the majority of their calorie consumption on natural, unprocessed, whole foods such as:
- Peanut butter
- Lean beef
- Fat free Greek yogurt
- Low fat and fat free dairy sources
- Whole Grains
Plus, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables – in particular, bananas for their high potassium content and ease of portability.
It’s interesting to note that chocolate milk ranks high as a recovery drink of choice in the Winter Olympics arena. Why chocolate milk? A serving of chocolate milk contains a reported 5 grams more potassium than a sports drink, and the combination of carbs and protein post-exercise help replenish carb stores in the muscles and liver and help to repair muscle tissue. A healthy diet alternative to chocolate milk would be to consume a "Party Girl Diet" signature Greek yogurt - coconut water smoothie made with fresh fruit.
When taking a look at what 2014 Winter Olympic athletes eat, outside of requiring larger portions to re-fuel their energy stores, it becomes clear the secrets to Olympian nutrition is very much like the nutrition principles of the ancient Greek physician "Hippocrates", “father of western medicine,” which encompass many of the things we know to be true about nutrition today, and are the founding diet and nutrition principles of the Party Girl Diet. While some can consider the word "diet" in modern times a "four letter word," the Greek origin of the word "diet" means "way of life." With that in mind, and considering the Greek origin of both the Olympic Games and Hippocrates, it is fitting to conclude with the following Hippocrates quote in the Party Girl Diet book, which sums up the formula for a healthy diet and lifestyle...and quite possibly, one of the healthiest "ways of life" there is:
If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health. ~ Hippocrates ca. 460 BC - ca. 370 BC
"Go for the gold" with an inside look at how to make the Party Girl Diet's "Breakfast of Champions" Pineapple Coconut Water Smoothie Recipe, and a few fun ideas for your Olympic Games viewing party in the video on this page. Also, check out the Party Girl Diet's healthy party snacks on Examiner.com.