As a swimmer, a plant based diet is essential to the growth of muscles and to improve your time in the water. For most people, the bulk of protein in their diet comes from meat products. But for ethical or health reasons more people are turning toward being a nutritarian as a solution. The truth is, swimmers tend to have more of a benefit from a things that fall off trees or grow out of the ground, than some of the other options out there.
For protein, it is important to look at some of the best all natural sources of protein available. There is protein in vegetables. In fact, calorie for calorie, broccoli has more protein than steak. There is also soy based products. These items come in products that resemble meat, cheese, and even yogurt and some even have texturized vegetable protein to add to the authenticity of the experience.
Nuts, seeds and their butters are another choice. These butters contain high levels of protein as well as good for you fat. When you go on a plant based diet, you are getting the healthiest essential nutrients. Iron, zinc, and vitamin B12 are also essential nutrients for the body, and when eating plant based foods you get all the undiscovered nutrients that keep you healthy and strong. As a swimmer, these need to replacing and replenishing.
B12 is found in things like energy bars, soy foods, and even fortified cereals. Iron is found in peas, beans, and many breakfast cereals. Zinc in turn is found in seeds, whole grain bread, cereal and also soy. That means with a few simple foods, you are able to replace these nutrients, without having to be worried about any meat appearing in your diet.
Those who go on a plant based diet experience more energy. They don’t have the sluggish feeling that comes with meat, instead they feel fueled. The swimmer will also notice that they are able to handle colder water more effectively also. This is due to the body being in better shape and having the ability to maneuver in the water. Muscles are also leaner and you won’t have the concerns that are there with excessive fat and cholesterol, like you’d find in the meats that you may otherwise consume.
A nutritarian diet is a nutritionally sound diet, that will continue to help you to become leaner and faster in the water. For the marathon swimmer, it can help you to improve your times and to feel more energized for distance swimming. That means you can accomplish more and reach your goals with a simple dietary change. Best of all, it healthy and many physicians now agree that a plant based diet is the best choice for everyone.
Kick 400 as 25 butterfly, 75 freestyle, 25 backstroke, 75 freestyle, 25 breaststroke, 75 freestyle, 25 backstroke kick, 25 swim freestyle
Swim 400 as 25 butterfly, 75 freestyle, 25 backstroke, 75 freestyle, 25 breaststroke, 75 freestyle, 25 freestyle kick, 25 swim freestyle
6 X 200 alternating Individual Medley (IM) and freestyle by 200’s
4 X 100 pull with hand paddles, freestyle
4 x 50 alternate 50’s kick and swim – sprinting
Cool-down: 200 tai chi style
Total: 3700 meters or yards depending on the length of the pool