This is the final blog in a 3-part series on my key learnings from 2011.
Key Learning #3:
At our sessions in the summer, we have typically made pizza and Gatorade available to athletes each evening.
Both items are convenient, easily accessible for us in whichever city we’re in, and popular with athletes and coaches.
But, if asked if either items are good, healthy choices for an athlete, without hesitation I would say no—especially if consumed on a regular basis.
Most people recognize that a typical pizza is less than ideal due to its white flour, sugar, and other highly processed ingredients.
Sports drinks like Gatorade on the other hand, which are generally considered to be healthy—and even necessary for athletes—are filled with high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, and colors, which are extremely damaging to athletes’ overall health (or any person’s health for that matter), despite the fact that they are marketed as ‘healthy sports drinks.’
So, we’ve decided to align our actions with our belief that nutrition is critical to an athlete’s long-term health and performance by replacing pizza and Gatorade this summer with organic energy bars and drink powders.
While we can’t necessarily change the general perceptions that exist, we can and will do our share to provide healthy options for athletes.
As a side note, there is a lot more I could write about the marketing of sports drinks and their real impact, but I’ll let you do your own research if it’s of interest. In case you’re searching for alternative options, here’s a link to a plant-based drink powder that I am presently experimenting with after work-outs (and no, we are not affiliated with them in any way). But, as I discovered this weekend from Lee Taft, a national leader in sports training who I had the privilege of meeting at our PGC short course in Indiana, the easiest way to replace electrolytes is by making a banana, celery, and strawberry smoothie—as you’ll get all the sodium, potassium, and natural sugars that your body needs. There is no set amount for each item.
That’s it for this three part series on my key learnings from the past year. Once again, I appreciate you being a part of our PGC community and I hope to see you in the summer.
Mano Watsa, President
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