Are You Nourishing for Performance?
There’s no getting around it, every Athlete knows that fuel has a significant impact on performance. Whether preparing for a serious training session or more slow and steady session like hiking, what you nourish your body with before, during and after activity is critical in building/maintaining strength, energy and good health.
Nutrient deficiency and dehydration has serious immediate and long term health implications including low energy, headaches & dizziness, brain fog, weak bone health, sleep disruption, muscle cramping, and more. So, before you get your sweat on, plan to energize your body and support its recovery.
Pro Tips: we sat down with some of our high-activity Blend-fluencers, who fuel their play with Blended, to hear what they have to say. Their tips and tricks are right in line with our Blended for You philosophy in pre, during and post activity fueling.
Pro Body & Mind Performance Tips
Meet two of our Blend-fluencers who are passionate about all things wellness that supports a healthy body and mind when it comes to both performance and daily life:
Leanne Pelosi Professional Snowboarder (with a line up of impressive awards & accomplishments), and Film Director.
Steph Corker Ironman Athlete, completed 25 Ironman Races, Founder and CEO, The Corker Collective. Stephcorker.com.
BFY: After tiring of bars and gels before & during endurance sport sessions, and wanting something super easy to support recovery post, we set out to develop a line of blends that would truly help athletes (professional & recreational) fuel their activity. As a high performance athlete, what do you look for in/from nutrition?
LP: I look for real food, no added sugars and something that will keep me satiated until lunch. Also, I love the healing and recovery ingredients in Blended for You Smoothies..turmeric, ginger, reishi, protein
SC: Hydration! Hydration! Hydration! More often than not we are perpetually dehydrated humans. Anything to get more hydration into our system is so critical. Pending the duration of the exercise, I do like to focus on fueling as well. Yet first: electrolytes. (Hey hey! That’s a check for our Athletic-focused smoothies!)
BFY: Not everyone is a high performance athlete, but most of us could use a little guidance in this area. In your opinion, what's a mistake most people make in terms of fueling their athletic activities?
LP: Letting energy levels drop. Eating food in smaller quantities more times in the day helps keep energy up and avoid sluggish dips.
SC: I think the most common mistake is missing the critical window of fueling after an activity. Some say it is 30min, yet I really believe we have a 15 min window upon completing a workout to replenish our bodies -- honour that window and feed your soul!* Every moment thereafter will be better for it.
*Blenders - take your blend from the freezer & throw it in the fridge so you’re ready to go, or pack it with you!
BFY: We believe there is a balance between body & mind that relates to performance. As a high performance athlete, any tips can you share that can help others with achieving a mind-body balance?
LP: Breathing exercises have been key to relieving stress in the mountains on and off. Meditation, sauna, stretching in front of a fire, making sure to get some time where you can just sit with yourself and give space and awareness to how you feel is vital to not getting burnt out!
SC: Gosh, I wish I had this figured out. Other than the obvious nutritional injections of Maca + Ashwagandha, meditation and anti-multi-tasking have been my biggest secrets to balance. It's as though the secret to balance is to have less to balance. I know that sounds crazy in this day and age when everyone is constantly "so busy". Yet when we pause to truly consider what is keeping us busy, I think eliminating the non-essential and being super present to the moment we have may be the biggest blessing!
BFY: We like to find natural energy enhancing sources to support athletic performance. For example, some of our go-to boosters are Maca, Cordyceps, Magnesium Citrate, B12 and Lion's Mane Mushrooms. Do you have an opinion on these, or other natural energy sources/other tips to share?
LP: I 100% believe in this as well. Good sleep is also important. So important to me that I wear a sleep ring. It’s called oura - but getting biofeedback gives me the power to change my habits on the daily.
SC: I'm a big fan of vitamins (B+D specifically). I'm a daily consumer of Magnesium and think we are all deficient in this precious mineral. Stress kills us most. So anything you can do to eliminate stress, albeit a bold statement, I think will absolutely reap the greatest rewards. Less stress and more smoothies are a pretty sure bet!
Thanks to our Amazing Blend-Fluencers for sharing!
Follow this link to find our blends that support performance & natural energy-boosting:
Blended For Your Performance & Energy
Ready to stock your freezer with body-and-mind performance boosting blends?
Here's a quick guide for building your own box:
Pre & During Activity: packed with energy-giving ingredients, easily digestible, packed with potassium, balance of carbs/proteins/healthy fats + essential vitamins & minerals:
The Nutty Athlete
Nutty Chocolate Lover
Chia Energy Bowl
Acai Organic Bowl
Recovery: inflammation-fighting, balance of carbs/protein/healthy fats, replenish electrolytes, high in vitamins to support brain & body function.
The Organic Green Mo
The Cherry Bomb
Find the above blends here.
Have your own tips to share? We'd love to hear them. Please email us.