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November 2008 Chirurgeon's Message

Fighting and Proper Nutrition

Won't you want to have as much energy at the end of the battle as you have at the beginning of the battle? Eating a balanced diet is as important as proper training techniques for fighters hoping to take themselves through the entire battle.

Many fighters don't make it to the end of the day because they suffer from dehydration and at the same time, lack enough calories to meet the demands of their activities.

Fighters at all levels need to be aware of the importance of proper nutrition and how it can help or hurt your performance. It's important for fighters to fuel their bodies in ways that allow them to train and fight to their full potential.

The following nutrition tips allow you to reach your peak performance:

  • Eat balanced meals. Fighters and non-fighters alike need to include the five food groups (whole grains, fruits and vegetables, dairy, protein, and oils) in their diets. A well-balanced meal maintains energy and promotes muscle development.
  • Eat every three hours. Eating small meals every three hours ensures that the body will maintain its energy and metabolism. A high metabolism actually helps you burn more calories, even when you're not exercising. Since many battles last more then three hours make sure you have some food near by to eat.
  • Frequent snacks make a difference. Be sure to eat frequent snacks, which help fighters maintain the calories and energy to allow them to perform at a higher level. Ideal snack choices include both simple and complex carbohydrates and proteins, such as fruit and spring cheese or hummus and pita bread. Those war burritos are perfect: cheese & ham rolled in a tortilla cut in bite sized pieces.
  • Stay hydrated. Dehydration can affect performance, and it is recommended that fighters drink two cups of water (a 16 ounce bottle of water) with each meal, as well as before, during and after a battle or tourney. So make sure you have your water on the sidelines of the battlefield to drink.

It's important that we maintain our energy during the battles so that we can enjoy our afternoons and evenings. Let not forget that tomorrow is another day with more fighting! Who wants to do be too tired to go out there and hit your best friend?

Lay On!

THL Blase di Angelo
Kingdom Chirurgeon


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