Counting calories and macros, meticulously balancing meals and working to provide your body with the nutrition it needs to meet the demands of your particular discipline can be a full-time job on its own. It can also easily become a problematic obsession that distracts you from your ultimate goals while also derailing healthy attitudes about food completely.
Athletic diets do need to be mindful ones, but they must also be balanced so your body is able to more efficiently use the fuel it consumes.
The Importance of Mind/Body Balance in Sports Nutrition
Because many athletes spend years on restrictive diets and working to cut weight for various events, it can be easy for your personal journey with food to lead into stressful places, or problematic attitudes surrounding food in general.
This is where it becomes vital for athletes to look beyond traditional thinking about sports nutrition. To truly embrace your full potential as an athletic person, the connection between mind and body cannot be overlooked. When meals cause anxiety and frustration, they are not giving your body everything it needs to truly thrive.
Aligning Your Goals and Your Body’s Needs for Optimal Athletic Nutrition
A healthy approach to food is the first step to a healthy approach to athletic pursuits. The most effective way to unlock your full potential is to unpack the problematic approaches you’ve learned, and the coping mechanisms that come with them. Whole-body wellness comes when all eight areas of life are aligned:
- Mental Wellness
- Spiritual Wellness
- Emotional Wellness
- Social Wellness
- Occupational Wellness
- Environmental Wellness
- Financial Wellness
- Physical Wellness
A more holistic approach to not only the way you fuel your body, but the way you live your life can help you reach new heights of happiness, fulfillment and athletic success.
Earth’s Edge Wellness was built around the fundamental belief that healthy bodies must be nourished in many ways. Programs designed to help you reach those heights are gender- and trauma-responsive, with an emphasis on mindfulness, meditation and visualization.
Ready to change the way you view food for a healthier, more in-tune body? Earth’s Edge Wellness can help. Call or contact today to learn more about the mind/body connection in sports nutrition, and how you can take yours to the next level.