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Eating Smart forTennis and a Healthy Lifestyle

For many players, the game of tennis is a passionate road trip through years of personal triumphs and failures. Whether it’s to achieve athletic greatness or simply to socialize and escape a hectic lifestyle, it's a way to promote better health. Although playing tennis is not a cure-all from health problems, it definitely sets the stage for a better lifestyle. A tennis player’s diet can be a solid foundation for eating smart that can be beneficial in the development of a healthy lifestyle. Below are some considerations for a smart eating plan:

· Variety – By including a wide variety of foods from each food group,

you are helping yourself consume a variety of essential vitamins and

minerals. Choose fruits and vegetables rich in color; pick whole grain,

wheat, bran, oat products; if you eat meat, select leaner choices such

as chicken, turkey, pork, lean red meat; pick enriched or fortified

products.

· Healthy Fats – Limit your saturated fat intake by avoiding higher fat

animal products. There is an increasing body of evidence that fats

come from foods like nuts, seeds, fish and olive oil. These types of

fats promote heart health by controlling cholesterol.

· Hunger – By concentrating on eating when you’re hungry an

stopping when you’re full, you will learn to eat what your body

needs. Even if it’s something you love, learn to eat in moderation.

· Food Supplements – As a coach, I promote food over supplements.

However, there is a time and place for supplements. If you have trouble

getting a wide a variety of foods, supplements might be worth considering.

Keep in mind that you should always consult a doctor, or sports nutritionists when trying to design or change your diet.

Steven White is the author of…

Teaching Tennis: Protocol for Instructors http://www.wishpublishing.com/tennis.htm

Bring Your Racquet: Tennis Basics for Kids www.kirkhouse.com/books/bring-your-racquet

Both books can also be found on Amazon.com

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