While some will try to list out a specific diet and certain foods that you must eat in order to get the most of your martial arts training, the truth is that a healthy person has a healthy balance in their daily diet. It’s not about excluding foods, but rather about finding an equilibrium among the various food groups so that you feel good, have an abundance of energy, and aren’t overeating.
Protein, of course, is one of the most touted food groups when it comes to athletics of any kind, and it is true that you should be doing your best to consume protein regularly. The great news is that there are many forms of protein that can be consumed on the go, so you can snack healthily between workouts. Seeds, nuts, tofu, and yogurt, for instance, are all protein rich.
Of course you can also get protein from meats and fish. This food group will help to ensure that your muscles heal quickly and properly between your training sessions. That means that you can get stronger faster, and without so much soreness after particularly hard classes. This can be attributed to the fact that protein contains amino acids, which are used in the growth and repair of cells. Muscles are, of course, made of cells.
Carbohydrates have gotten a bad rap in recent years, which isn’t fair. This food group is a great one because it provides the energy needed to complete intense workouts. While many diets insist that you cut out all carbs, we do not recommend that you do so. You should continue to eat pasta, rice, and bread, but be sure that you are balancing your meals so they are not too carb-heavy. It is also wise to choose whole grains, because they are high in fiber and will keep those energy levels high over a long span of time. Simple carbohydrates provide a spike, but wear off too quickly to be worthwhile for the average martial artist.