WORK OUT: PROTEIN AND IRON
Top tips for the diet-restricted
Complete proteins and iron are vital for exercise but can easily be missing from a restricted diet. Fortunately with a little planning and a helping hand from your local well-informed gym (yes, that’s us!), you can definitely enjoy delicious food and get great results from your workouts.
FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE
Natalie, a fitness coach at Pulse 8, has a restricted diet due to a medical condition and has a keen interest in finding alternative healthy options. Here’s her story.
“Growing up with a chronic medical condition that impairs my digestive tract and absorption of nutrients, has meant that I’ve had to adopt to various restrictive diets over the years. I found that a more plant based diet was easier to process; currently I’m following a diet that excludes red meat but includes a little chicken, moderate eggs and plenty of fish (and seafood, love my prawns!)
The doctors, dieticians and various health professionals involved in my treatment have helped me understand my condition and with their help the tweaks to my diet have given me the best chance of keeping my energy levels manageable, without having to rely too much on endless supplements. I have also found that I suffer far less from chronic joint pain, as well as DOMS, which is especially helpful considering my job as a fitness professional here at Pulse 8. I’m often on my feet in shift and training off shift, plus I have two lively dogs, so I’m never sitting around for too long!
The point I would like to stress, is that everyone is different, with different dietary needs, opinions and food preferences etc… One thing for certain however, is that education, based on solid evidence and fact, is the key to success when adopting any new, restrictive diet or health related regime.”
A single source for both
Spirulina has been billed as “the most nutrient dense food on the planet”. Its list of benefits is too long to mention here, but for exercisers, it’s great to know that it has a very high high concentration of complete protein and iron and is known to increase fat burning during exercise. Spirulina is best added to smoothies or energy bars or taken it in capsule form as a food supplement.
We asked Natalie for a favourite recipe for a tasty nutrient packed supper. Her recipe uses food hacks to cut out the fuss and it all starts with the humble tin of baked beans!