Let's face it, jiu-jitsu is more intense than a lot of sports. In one round of rolling (whether it's 5 or 10 minutes) we burn a lot and after a full class, the training does take a toll on our bodies and the more your train, the stricter your diet will have to be in order for you to fully recover for other training sessions.
Below are some essential foods you really need to include in your diet to keep you rolling for life.
1. Coconut Oil: It's rich in medium chain fatty acids and is often used by triathlon athletes to keep up their energy and stamina. You should include this in your every day diet. You can use it for cooking and putting it in your shake. You can use other forms of coconut like coconut milk or flakes in your diet as well. Coconut milk is great in shakes or even with your cereal. Flakes work well with cereal too. The more coconut in your diet, the better.
2. Chia Seeds: Also known as the "warrior seed", Chia was used by the ancient Aztec warriors before going into battle. They would have one teaspoon before going to fight and it was rumored that it would give them enough energy for one day.
It's the highest plant based source of protein, it's also loaded with fiber and omega-3 fats which helps reduce inflammation and improve recovery.
3. Collagen: This helps a lot with joint recovery and detoxification. It's a very high source of amino acids. It's amazing for recovery. You can consume it as bone broth or in supplement form (powder). You can put it into your morning shake with your other ingredients. 1-2 table spoons is enough and one of the best ways to get it into your diet. It's actually great with apple sauce for a pre-workout.
4. Protein: One of the most important ingredients for recovery. It helps rebuild muscle. See our article on the top 10 protein rich foods.
5. Berries: One of the best fruits for athletes because it's super high in antioxidants. Fortunately for us, acai has become the staple food of jiu-jitsu and it has become a big part of international jiu-jitsu culture. It's become customary to grab somre acai after training thanks to jiu-jitsu's Brazilian influence. Blueberries and raspberries are also some of the richest in antioxidants.
6. Vegetables: This is a pretty obvious one. Vegetables are amazing for alkalinizing the body, which in turn, helps with recovery. You want your greens to be as green in color as possible. Kale is the king of veggies, so the more kale you get in your diet, the better.
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