The 21st Century Athlete: 5 Ways to Fuel for Performance, Recovery, and Immunity

5 ways to fuel

Every night around 11 PM, a large mammal lurks in my kitchen with wide, hazel eyes.

He scans the cupboards hastily looking for his next meal, his fifth or sixth meal at that, to quiet the hunger pangs.

When you’re a 6’11”, 240-lb. professional basketball player, eating – and eating WELL – is a full-time job.

Meet Kyle, current professional basketball player, and my better half of almost 2 years!


This whole “eating WELL” thing didn’t happen when I initially met him, though, nor did it happen when I was a collegiate athlete.

As I explained in my last post, despite our athletic accolades on paper, we paid for it in poor health, poor recovery, poor immunity, and even possibly lost potential as athletes.

These are the changes that Kyle and I made to successfully turn this all around!

5 Ways to Fuel for Performance, Recovery, and Immunity

1) Cut out toxic foods and switch to REAL food. 

Our bodies are machines.

Like a car that needs to be fueled and oiled properly, what we put into our bodies has an impact both immediately and long-term on performance and health.

For example, a New Zealand study done in 1999 had a group of young males eat a serving of French fries fried in 1.5 week-old oil (typical in the food industry).

Prior to eating them, their blood vessel dilation – how wide blood vessels open after being constricted – was measured at about 7%.

That’s normal.

Just FOUR hours after eating the fries, their blood vessel dilation was measured again.



Guess what the outcome was? Less than 1 PERCENT (Shanahan & Shanahan, 2009)!!

The ramifications?

  • Very limited oxygen to the blood, muscles, heart and brain
  • Fatigue
  • Sluggishness
  • Poor athletic performance

…and even temporary erectile dysfunction (if that isn’t motivation, I don’t know what is! Now, if only Kyle’s teammates knew what they were doing to their bodies eating doughnuts and fried foods!).

The “toxic” foods we cut out to avoid these issues include….

To continue reading this post, check it out my guest post HERE at The Kitchen Rag!  


Shanahan, Catherine and Luke Shanahan. Deep Nutrition. Big Box Books: Hawaii, 2009.

Photo credit: ratterrell via photopin cc


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5 responses on “The 21st Century Athlete: 5 Ways to Fuel for Performance, Recovery, and Immunity

  1. Another great post Jules! More great info to help me with my cycling training and 660km rally ride. Three weeks to go to the big day! Keep up the good work and take care of that husband of yours (he’s a cutey ; ) )

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