A martial athlete training daily and intensive constantly needs a proper energy intake; poor nutrition can cause serious deficiencies, especially after 30-35 years a bad nutrition attitude can annihilate the physical and mental performance.
The food directly nourishes Qi and all that a good practitioner needs (speed, reflexes, power, presence of mind, etc.). From the point of view of food, to keep active and vigorous our Qi we need just to follow a few rules but steadily (even this is a part of our discipline training).
- We need to distribute during the whole day more and more snacks (at least 5, this way the metabolism is always in operation, works better, work harder and is not overloaded)
- We have to choose one day a week to eat freely (about quality, not quantity)
- Our diet one should never stop (not for parties, special occasions, etc.), no matter what others say
The types of food:
- Let’s limit sweets to once a week (or let’s delete them entirely)
- Let’s limit fatty foods to a minimum
- Let’s limit processed foods to a minimum
- Let’s limit too combined foods
- Let’s eat a small quantity of meat at week, rarely red meat, preferably white meat (it helps us to stay flexible)
- Alchool is our enemy (most once a week and in small doses, just to do tollerate it)
- Fruits and vegetables are good if of raw season, with the peel and / or boiled
- Restrict to the minimum the condiments (oil, sauces, etc.)
- Let’s eat a lot of fruits and vegetables
The basic combinations:
- Do not eat fruits and vegetables together (at least 2 hours away)
- The fruit should be eaten before a meal, not after (usually 1 hour before)
- Do not eat sour fruit (eg. grapefruit) with starches (eg. bread)
- Do not eat starches (eg. bread) and proteins (eg. meat) together (at least 2-3 hours apart)
- Let’s vary, we must try to eat everything and preferably quality foods (let’s check labels)
- Let’s drink plenty of water but without food (during a meal at most a glass, it helps the digestion)
- Morning, liquids and fruit (in abundance)
- Noon, carbohydrates and starchy vegetables (average quantity)
- Afternoon, liquids, fruits or vegetables (average quantity)
- Evening, proteins and vegetables (low amount)
It is not easy to control our diet but, for a disciplined real martial art practitioner, it should be a little bit more easier, in all the way it’s a mandatory task.
Later we will see more specifically what should not be missing in our diet and how to control the excess or deficiency of calories, proteins, carbohydrates (etc.) In relation to our training.
Author: Master Kongling
Founder of 6 Dragons Kung Fu.