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Diet For Exercise Enthusiasts

Updated on October 24, 2018
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Miebakagh57 is retired, Chief Administrative Officer. I am passionate about aerobic exercises, food, nutrition, reading, writing. and health

Introduction

I consult the dictionary for the word fitness. It means a special exercise to keep the body in good condition like:

  • Aerobic exercises.
  • Combining both physical work-outs and foods to build the body.
  • Daily diet plan.
  • Attending the gym for instructions.
  • Taking part in sporting activities like basketball or football.

But here I will confirm my article on combining both physical work-outs and foods to build the body. I write this article so that diet tips for men or women to build the body before and after a workout is actualized.

Organic Foods

Organic foods are those grown without the application of synthetic fertilizers. But fertilizers can be applied to produce the same food group. These are:

  1. Carbohydrates or carbs.
  2. Oils and fats.
  3. Proteins.
  4. Fruits.
  5. Vegetables.

I preferred the ones grown without fertilizer because they are more nutritious. Some authorities have gone beyond these five and add a sixth, water. Yes, water is food. You cannot live with proteins, fruits, vegetables, fats and or oils, and carbs for a week. But you can live with water. Water is more than food. Water is life. It is needed to dissolve all the digested food nutrients into the bloodstream.

Fresh Vegetables

Vegetables can enhanced energy level.
Vegetables can enhanced energy level. | Source

Water is Life and Solvent for Food Nutrients

Fresh cool water is life.
Fresh cool water is life.

Complex Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates or carbs include "sugars, starch, and cellulose." They are two groups of carbs to note. Complex and refined carbs. Complex carbs are those that retained their natural constituents such as vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients. You get these in brown sugar, brown rice, and whole wheat flour. They nutrients are removed in refined carbs like white rice, white flour, and white sugars. You can find carbohydrates in a wide variety of plant foods.

According to the Institute of Medicine, you need between 45% to 65% daily. Fitness enthusiasts should take more in the forms of fruits and vegetables. Complex carbs contain vitamin B-complex that improves the muscles. They are also rich in fiber, minerals, and antioxidants.

Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are complex carbohydrates.and fed the muscles.
Sweet potatoes are complex carbohydrates.and fed the muscles. | Source

Fats or Oils

Fats or oils are also energy giving. The energy value is double and more than carbs. Fitness enthusiasts should eat some organic fats and oils like:

1. Animal fats.

2. Vegetable fats.

Animal fats include butter, milk, eggs, red meat, and cheese. Eat these fats and oils regularly.

Vegetable fats will include sunflower seeds and groundnuts; plus fruits like avocado, the best fruit fat. It contains 80% fat. Coconut meat also gives healthy fats. Vegetable fats like peanuts and cashew nuts are unsaturated. However, coconuts and palm kernel nuts are saturated with 90% more than animal fats. But the saturated elements come under the Medium-chain triglyceride acids (MCFAs). The acids in MCFAs are easily digested and the human body finds it easy to metabolize and absorb. Fats or oils in organic form are more healthily than the process ones and help build muscles.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Fresh fruits and vegetables varied in nature. The vitamin and mineral contents made them indispensable in a diet.

Fresh fruits contain vitamin C, sugar and yields energy. Fruits that are red in color has a high Glycemic Index (GI). The sugar content is high. Eat less of these. Go for those with high electrolysis water content, like cucumber, watermelon, and lime.

Limes and lemons contain high vitamin C and nitric acid. They help develop, and nourish the muscles, and prevent cold symptoms. Cut a piece and squeeze its juice into a glass of water, and drink the solution with a little salt added.

The best way to eat fruits and vegetables is to eat them with meat and fish, and in the combination of at least three or five colors, green, red, yellow, white and blue. This ensures that you get some benefit and retain optimum health.

Lettuce, cabbage, celery, kale, onions, and garlic; and ginger are to be eaten regularly. Others are Brussels sprouts and broccoli. This helps in regular bowel health movement, and increase your energy level.

The green leafy vegetables contain vitamin B-complex, and minerals like calcium, and potassium, that builds the muscles and bones.

The Importance of Vitamin C in Muscle and Bone Health

"vitamin C has been shown to be helpful for reducing some of the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis." -whfoods.org

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Fresh fruits and vegetables provide minerals, vitamins, antioxidants,and fibers that help muscle development.
Fresh fruits and vegetables provide minerals, vitamins, antioxidants,and fibers that help muscle development. | Source

A Fresh Lime Drink

Fresh lime drinks can rejuvenate you
Fresh lime drinks can rejuvenate you

Limes and Lemons

"one study suggests that high doses of supplemental vitamin C makes osteoarthritis, a type of degenerative arthritis that occurs with aging, worse in laboratory animals, another indicates that vitamin C-rich foods, such as lemons and limes, provide humans with protection against inflammatory polyarthritis, a form of rheumatoid arthritis involving two or more joints." whfoods.org

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Beyond Vitamin C

"Limes and lemons go beyond providing vitamin C for strong bones and muscles. Their prevent cold, flu and catarrh virus infection, and strengthens the immune system." Dr. Mercola

Limes are Muscle Friendly

Protein

Protein is being made and destroyed by body cells. In each cell of the human body is a protein structure. This needs to be replaced daily. Protein specifically builds muscles. You get proteins from an animal source like egg-white, casein and whey in milk. Others are chicken, lean meat, kinds of seafood or fish. Tilapia mostly overlooked has 21 g protein in a 3 oz serving.

Muscles alone contain 40% of body protein. During an exercise session, the tears going on are to be replaced with new amino acids from foods. You should eat very rich sources of protein foods mentioned above. Supplement these with quality soy, quinoa, sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, and ground nuts. Others are cashew nuts, almonds, and peas. Add legumes like white and red beans, navy bean and dried lentils. These proteins will boost your muscle and bone development. You need between 45 to 70 grams of protein a day. It depends on the intensity of your workout.

Tilapia Fish

Tilapia is rich in protein
Tilapia is rich in protein | Source

Proteins Builds Bones and Muscle

Energy Needs of Muscles and Bones

First, look for the immediate energy needs of your muscles and bones before a workout. If you do not, with the exception of medical advice, you will be putting your muscles and bones in trouble.

The energy you take in will fuel and power your bones and muscles for the aerobic workout. This will come from simple sugars like glucose and fructose. You can eat nuts, seeds, and fish before a workout routine. And, after exercise, the best diet plan for high-quality protein foods like meat and milk which have muscle and bone building elements.

Foods that Help Develop Your Muscles and Bones

Here I will look at certain foods that when eaten regularly, the result is the improvement in the health of the muscles and bones of a fitness, exercise or stretching enthusiast.

These foods will include:

  1. Fresh oranges or fresh orange juice.
  2. Raw sugar cane juice.
  3. Fresh coconut meat.
  4. Avocado pear.
  5. Oily fish, and
  6. Red meat.

Suck Fresh Oranges or Drink its Juice

Fresh orange is a fruit and it is also a carb. Oranges have the following nutrient:

  • carb. 11.8g;
  • glucose, fructose and sucrose 9.4g,
  • Vitamin C 100%.
  • It also contains potassium.

As said earlier, your muscles need immediate energy as its primary fuel. It is best that you get it in organic form. This informs that your blood sugar is not spiking. Ordinary artificial drinks that contain refined sugar in the form of glucose or sucrose will spike the blood. And, during an exercise like jogging, you will be chasing your heart.

Potassium is a mineral that aids bone development. It helps calcium to be well absorbed.

Fresh Oranges

Sweet oranges that energizes your muscles
Sweet oranges that energizes your muscles | Source

Carbohydrates to Eat After a Fitness Exercise

After your workouts, eat whole food complex carbs. They are essential for the working of the body muscles due to the B-Complex vitamins.

Root tubers like yams, cocoyams, potatoes; and cereals brown or semi-polish rice, are complex carbs. Brown bread is to be preferred for white bread. Parboil rice can be eaten with lots of fruits, vegetables, meat, and fish. You must cook the African yam for 20 minutes, otherwise, you lost the advantage of its nutrient contents.

In my opinion, a yam being a complex carb is also load with bio-active proteins that make them functional foods. That is why they play a pivotal role in bone development and enhanced strong bones. Otherwise, yams could not play any protective roles as in fighting cold and flu and the quick healing of wounds. It’s vitamin k and protein, found in the skin, protects the bones from osteoporosis diseases. I always eat my yams with its skin but discard the brittle wax.

Yams

Yams can be eaten with the skin after discarding the wax
Yams can be eaten with the skin after discarding the wax | Source

Raw Sugarcane and Muscle

Sugarcane is one of the most important sources of easily digestible simple sugars that impart immediate energy for aerobic fitness. It contains the bone sustaining minerals like calcium, manganese, potassium, and magnesium. It is alkaline, and so, like orange helps digestion. Its importance lies in helping to hydrate the body immediately after a physical exercise since it contains fructose and glucose. Sugarcane is good for joggers. I chew it before jogging with a glass of dilute lime or lemon juice, add a pitch of salt to the juice.

Sugarcane

Raw sugacane can energize your muscles
Raw sugacane can energize your muscles | Source

Raw sugarcane Juice Mix with lime and lemon juice

A glass of sugarcane juice in line and lemon mixture
A glass of sugarcane juice in line and lemon mixture | Source

Coconut Meat

A coconut goes beyond nutritional food value. It fights diseases such as osteoporosis. In other words, it retarded bone degeneration. It is rich in amino acids, calcium, including potassium and magnesium, enable the calcium to be absorbed. As a keep fit person, eat coconut and drink its delicious fresh water regularly.

Avocado Fights Bone Disease

Eat avocado 2 or 3 times during the week. This fruit butter as it is sometimes called should be in your food baskets always. Saponins are found in avocado. It fights knee pains or osteoarthritis.

“Vitamin K is often overshadowed by calcium and vitamin D when thinking of nutrients important for maintaining healthy bones, however, eating a diet with adequate vitamin K can support bone health by increasing calcium absorption and reducing urinary excretion of calcium. Avocado pear has much vitamin K for bone health." K1 is found in all vegetables and fruits; while K2 is in animal and dairy products.


Avocado Good for the Bone

The benefit of avocado is making your bones healthy
The benefit of avocado is making your bones healthy

Red Meat

Red meat refers to the flesh of cows, goats, sheep, and poultry. The human body tolerates these more than others. Red meat from animals grazing in the sun and feeding on green vegetation produces the best organic nutrients.

Some school of thought opined that eating red meat pose health risks like heart diseases. However, this opinion can only hold good for a sedentary person, and significantly when one eats beyond certain limits.

Eat the liver, heart, and leg of a cow, and chicken. These are very good for the muscles as they contain nucleic acid extracts.

Red Meat Makes You Fit and Healthily

Organic red meant that aids muscular weight gain
Organic red meant that aids muscular weight gain | Source

Grazing Cows Feeding on Natures Green in the Sunlight

Cows grazing in the sun
Cows grazing in the sun | Source

Mullets and Sardines

Your need for vitamin D that enable calcium and phosphorus to be absorbed, and that strengthens and develop bones is taken care off. Other nutrients found in mullet fish is shown in the below table.

Bone and Muscle Enhancing Foods

Food nutrients
Coconut meat
Avocado pear
Mullet fish
Red meat
Cholesterol
Zero
Zero
19% (good)
21% (good)
Vitamin D
Zero
Zero
16%
12%
Calcium
1.4%
2%
5%
1%
Phosphorus
28%
7%
26%
18%
Potasium
6%
4%
12%
8%
Magnesium
8%
7%
9%
5%
Manganese
65%
6%
1%
1%
Protein
6%
3%
46%
39%
Comparison of nutrient content of select foodstuff

A Snack for Your Muscles and Bones

Try this meal as part of a noon snack.

  • Cut 100 g ripe avocado pear into two halves.
  • Slice a lime and squeezed its juice into one part and eat it up. Do the same with the other half with lime.
  • Wait for 10 minutes.
  • Chew 100 g fried meat or meat steak and 100 g fried mullet thoroughly, with a handful of peanuts or almonds.
  • Wash it down with a glass of water.
  • Do it at most 3 times in the week after your work-outs.
  • For the last week of the month, I spoil myself with such snacks up to five times when I am in a recovery session.

During an exercise regime, foods you eat drains rapidly to replaced energy lost. When you rest, the energy though used is also stored as a reserved fuel. Hence, you gain weight in muscle and bone development.

Conclusion: Try Eating Organic Foods Regularly

As a person on a keep fit program, your best meals should come mostly from organic rather than inorganic sources. Organic sources of foods are entirely natural. This may not have the same quality as the inorganic ones. But their nutrient contents in vitamin, mineral matters and so on are very powerful, delivering vital health benefits. I suggest that you try the foods for over a month to see results.

References

1. Wikipedia nutrition

2. Krist Gunne Super Healthy.

3. The World's Healthiest Foods

4. Top 23 Benefits Of Sugarcane Juice For Skin And Health

5. Wikipedia saturated fats:

© 2018 Miebakagh Fiberesima

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    • Miebakagh57 profile imageAUTHOR

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      4 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hello Dora, thanks for stopping by and commenting. The iron in meat is better to absorb by the body than others. Like as the protein in fish and egg is. So if you do not eat red or lean meat, green leafy vegetables are okay. Thank you, and you are always welcomed.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for all the good information you included in this article. Most of these food I know and like (except the meat). You did a good job of grouping the foods according to their nutritional benefits.

    • Miebakagh57 profile imageAUTHOR

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      5 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi Jeff, I have done a little editing again. At most two capsules gone grouped under related headings. Thanks, for visiting.

    • Miebakagh57 profile imageAUTHOR

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      5 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi Jeff, you are welcomed. I will look into your suggestion soon. Thanks.

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      Jeff Reed 

      5 months ago from Alabama

      I think you have presented a lot of good information but it is a pretty lengthy article. I would combine some topics to shorten the length of the article. Keep going though because I think you have a lot to offer.

    • Miebakagh57 profile imageAUTHOR

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      9 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      I write this hub with the best of my ability, passion, understanding and experience. I will welcome any suggestions to improved it more. Thank you all my readers.

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