The Vegetables That an Active Individual Needs Most

potatoes on a tablePotatoes are a sports nutrition superfood. Loaded with healthier carbs, the potato has long been a staple of many diets, for good reason. The carbohydrates that are in potatoes are healthy ones. So many of us freak out whenever we see a carb in our nutritional values that we look at, but do not worry. The carbs contained within potatoes are much better for adding more in the way of muscle, versus more in the way of belly fat. If you are someone who doesn’t like potatoes, opt for sweet potatoes next time that you go buy food. I had fun trying the sweeter version of this food and was pleasantly surprised at how delicious they were. For anyone else uninitiated with sweet potatoes, they aren’t as sweet as you think, but they do add a different taste than most potatoes that you have tried before. Although dreams of a big bowl of mashed potatoes loaded with cheese, butter, and sour cream is a delicious way to eat potatoes, it isn’t the most healthy way.

Somewhat akin to the potato, the next great choice would be yams. Yams are loaded with a laundry list full of beneficial vitamins and nutrients. Yams are all about delivering carbohydrates to your body in a nice and slow fashion. This steady release into your system is why you will avoid significant weight gain, as opposed to faster digesting carbs that are absorbed all at once. Containing a good amount of fiber, this is great to help counterbalance the high amounts of protein that you will be consuming by this point.


I will begin to sound like a parent with this next one, but you have to mention broccoli. I know that broccoli probably holds a not-so-special place in most of our hearts, due to being forced these when we were younger. However, mom and dad may have been onto something with this vegetable. Broccoli is actually quite high in calcium, something that is not often mentioned. I honestly wasn’t aware of much else that could give you such a nice amount of calcium, especially since it isn’t even in the dairy section! One of the best things that you can give to your bones, calcium is a must, not just for the fit crowd but everyone.

You don’t want to spend the upcoming months in bed being sick, that is never fun. Vitamin C has been said to help reduce those symptoms. I want to briefly speak about the recent findings brought to my attention about scientists finding out that the C might not be as much of a healer of the cold than we previously thought. Regardless of the degree that it helps with being sick, it is good to try to fight off any bugs or illnesses, in any way that you can. If you want to boost that immune system, you can go with the classic orange, but we are talking about veggies here! Peppers are where you can skip the fruit and still get a pretty good amount of your daily vitamin C requirement. Calcium from broccoli and vitamin C from peppers, strange but actually true!

As it turns out, our parents were telling us what we needed to hear growing up, vegetables are really good for you. Growing into an adult more and more each week, I still realize new things that they were always right about!

Following a Nutritional Plan When Away From Home

You have your nutrition meal plan all planned out and perfect. Everything seems like it is going pretty good, when all of the sudden, you have a vacation coming up. That’s right, for about a week, you are away from all of your pre-made Tupperware containers. You are thinking about how hard you have worked to keep your diet in check, when here comes temptation! This has been something that I have gone through, it really is a struggle. On one hand, you are on vacation and feel like you should lighten up. However, for some of us, that lightening up could completely derail what we have worked on once we get back home.

eatingonvacationTo help have a plan, when it come times to vacation, is to have a plan. If you have the time, check out the website of where you are going to be staying. Look ahead to some of the restaurant menus for the hotel, you could do some research on what the healthy options are. Another method that I will use is to check out an online map for the surrounding restaurants. Chances are, you will at least be able to find a Subway or another healthier option for the duration of your trip. Even though, you probably won’t doing any cooking, don’t fret, there will always be some kind of healthy meal option while you are away from the kitchen. Some places that accommodate you while you are traveling will even have special meal plans set aside for those that require a more strict diet.

Let’s say that you have your meal options all in place for this upcoming vacation, now what about how you will work out? Fortunately, this is a common thing for most hotels to now have. Granted, the level of equipment will vary from hotel to hotel, but you will have the general stuff covered. I want to say that there is really nothing that will be that much of a setback for most, if you indulge a bit while you are on your trip. It is perfectly to leave the strictness level of your current meal plan for a week. You can always use some general knowledge to find something that is somewhat healthy at a restaurant. If anything, watch out for overindulging in certain drinks that are chock full of calories. This is an easy slip up for someone who ate right but comes back home to find that they gained more than a few pounds.

Another option that you might run into is the all-inclusive option when traveling abroad. This is a great way to save a buck or two, as long as you don’t pay for that by stuffing your face all day. That much of an increase in calories over a short span of time will go to fat and could lead to those habits coming home with you. An incentive to stay committed to being fit while on vacation is to go for a jog or walk around the area that you are in. This is a great way to get a feel for the local culture and is a truly personal experience. One of the things that I now look forward to when on vacation is the morning jog in a new place. By doing this, you will also get a great energy boost that will carry you through those busy days!

The Debate on Sports Nutrition in Varsity Sporting Events

Growing up in a smaller town, our high school sports team was the main attraction throughout the year. Every week you could find our high school stadium packed, as it was the thing to do on a Friday night during the warmer months. Being that we were surrounded by many other small towns, the football scene was the most popular one of the whole year. You would commonly see everyone in their respective little town full of pride for their local team, not that there is anything wrong with that at all. I think that sports in school programs are great. I, personally learned so many lessons while practicing and in games that I could never have quite learned in a classroom. With the will to win that small town people have, as far as sports are concerned, has arisen an issue. The issue that I wanted to discuss was that of how much those students are pushed to succeed, and therefore might make the wrong choices to gain the approval and victory that they want.

This will to succeed is, for the most part, just wanting the players to all do well. For some players, this desire to want to see their team win and carry that glory and accomplishment that comes with victory may have them getting real serious about their training. In most cases, this will be nothing more harmful than a proud person wanting to get that edge over the competition. In other cases, this can lead to the students getting supplements made to help them play better. I can definitely remember seeing someone on the football team in my high school weightlifting class and I couldn’t believe how much he was lifting. The funny thing is, he wasn’t even that big of a guy!

So the question becomes, should supplements be such a hot topic issue among varsity sports players. One thing I think that should be mentioned is that most of these products are not to be used by anyone under the right age. Sadly, most of the athletes that would be using any of the supplements that are under such debate should even be using. If you look into those players who are of the proper age, I think that they should be allowed to use CERTAIN products, if they want to. I don’t see anything wrong with a quarterback taking something to give him some more energy before a game. If this was such a big deal, the same thing could be said for anyone going to the gas station and getting an energy drink.

Looking forward, I think that the main issue should be how people who are not of the right age are getting their hands on sports supplements to begin with! Something is going very wrong when younger people are using things that they have no business with to impress their local schoolmates. As anyone who has used a before workout product knows, it isn’t going to give you superhuman strength, or anything close to that. Mostly, these kinds of nutrition products give me a strong boost of energy that comes and goes in about 45 minutes. Sure, you might be a little bit stronger than normal and have more energy, but I would not consider anyone using these in a football or basketball game to be cheating.