“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates
Do you know diet is one of the most important parts of your winning game plan for life? Athletes, millionaires, billionaires, and spiritual leaders realize we are what we eat. Our food choices either empower or destroy us. It is all about choice.
Eating healthy is as easy as eating poorly. What positive food choice did you make today?
Nutrition is a building block of success in sports, business, and family life. It helps athletes like Patriots quarterback Tom Brady win Super Bowls, and professional tennis stars like Roger Federer, ranked number 9 in the world by the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals), win tournaments, despite being of retirement age. What is their secret? Food!
Is diet really important? Elliot Pegg, Director of Tennis at Omni Resort Rancho Las Palmas and Cliff Drysdale Tennis says, “Yes!”
He knows what the top tennis players eat, because he plays with them in Tennis With The Stars. This yearly event features an exclusive, intimate gathering of some of the world’s top players as a kickoff to the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.
The 2016 event was headlined by Wimbledon finalists Garbine Muguruza ranked ATP number 8 and Eugene Bouchard ranked number 6 (2014), and World number 9 Japanese stand-out Nei Nishikori, and French Number 1 Richard Gasquet.
These professional players are from different countries, of varying backgrounds, sexes, and ranks. However, the one thing they all share in common is a winning diet. Like professional basketball, football, and hockey players, their nutrition is important for physical and financial success.
In this interview, Elliot Pegg shares how simple it is to eat to win. Elliot is a graduate of Oxford Brooks University, UK with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Coaching and Physical Education.
A well fed mind and body gives you the edge over someone who eats poorly.
“Eating well will give you a good night’s sleep, and you wake up refreshed and ready to work,” says Elliot.
Have you ever looked at someone and wondered, “How the heck do they work, exercise, and raise a family?” Are they Super-woman while you feel like a Snapdragon?
“Eating a game-winning diet is very easy,” says Pegg. “Fresh raw and cooked vegetables like salad and green beans and a low-fat protein like broiled or baked chicken, fish, or turkey is what most of the top athletes eat.”
They avoid rich, starchy, sugary, processed, or fried foods. Once your body gets used to this new healthy diet it will not crave foods that weigh you down emotionally, physically, or mentally.
“That is not to say you cannot have the occasional dessert or piece of fried chicken. Just don’t make a dietary habit of it,” he says.
The saying, “Movement is life,” is very important when it comes to health and healing.
Physical activity in the form of sports helps you maintain muscle memory and teaches your body to release lactate previously known as lactic acid. This is especially helpful after surgery or physical injury. Your body’s muscle memory will help return you to perfection.
“Tennis is a sport you can take up at any age. Not only is it great for health, but it is a wonderful way to meet people and join a health conscious social group,” Coach Elliot says. “You learn life-skills like how not to get down on yourself when you miss a shot, or your partner when they miss the ball. It promotes psychological focus and team-work skills, important for all aspects of life.”
He is so right. While recovering from surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, I played tennis for the emotional, psychological, and physical benefits of being part of a team at Rancho Las Palmas County Club.
My diet played a big part in my healing and stamina. And, I know on a number of occasions, my teammates let me win for my mental well-being. But, that’s team love for you.
We feed our minds food-for-thought which manifests as ideas and problem solving in all aspects of life. We feed our bodies food-for-fuel as physical energy for stamina, alertness, health, and healing. Are you setting yourself up with food to succeed or fail? It is a simple question to a serious situation.
So, if you have not already done so, choose to make the change. Your children, grandchildren, and loved ones will thank you for loving them enough to embrace the life benefits of a winner’s diet.
Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos is a TV Producer/Host and Author/Lecturer of the award winning, International bestseller, Surviving Cancerland: Intuitive Aspects of Healing, which promotes patient advocacy and connecting with inner guidance for success in health, wealth, and relationships. Contact – Kathleen O’Keefe Kanavos Website – Surviving Cancerland Website – Inner Guide Facebook – Personal Facebook – Surviving Cancerland Facebook – Wicked Housewives TV Facebook – The Kat Kanavos Show – Wicked Housewives Radio Facebook – Google+ – LinkedIn – Pinterest – Twitter – Youtube – Book
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