Dealing With Injuries

Despite our best intentions injuries are a fact of life. Whether you are an elite athlete, fitness enthusiast or just experience an unexpected accident resulting in an injury, they can become quite disruptive.

In my case it wasn’t an injury caused as a direct result of training or racing. It was in fact something as innocuous as stubbing my toe on the dining room table!

After finally succumbing to the injury 3 months after it occurred I opted for surgery, and I’m now midway through rehabilitation. It has had a significant impact on my regular training schedule and required me to make some significant adjustments.

One adjustment has been with my nutrition. Under normal circumstances, I follow a fairly regimented daily nutrition plan but have always had plenty of room for flexibility given the intensity of my training load.

However, being unable to train for a number of weeks before resuming restricted training, I had to make significant changes to my nutrition plan in order to avoid staking on too much excess weight.

If you are like me and already have food sensitivities to work around when planning your nutrition, the equation becomes a little more complex.

The first step was to adjust my carbohydrate and fats intake to reduce the amount of calories, while only making a small adjustment to the level of protein.

In order to make sure I still got enough of the good stuff, I added nuzest good green to my routine morning shake. This helped me balance out my daily nutrition and keep my excess calories to a minimum.

If you are like me and have to steer clear of dairy, gluten and even eggs, breakfast is my biggest challenge. I get around it with a robust breakfast shake which can also be used as a recovery shake. You can try it by clicking here.

If shakes aren’t your thing, a scoop of Nuzest Clean Lean protein also goes nicely with coconut yogurt for a great low carb snack. Alternatively you can always opt for protein balls with this very simple recipe:

choc protein balls

Protein Balls:
1 cup of Walnuts
1 cup of Shredded coconut
1 cup of sultanas
3 Scoops of Nuzest Rich Chocolate
2 tablespoons of Cocao Powder
1/3 cup of Coconut oil

Mix the dry ingredients before adding in the sultanas and coconut oil. Roll balls in desiccated coconut before serving.

So while injuries can be disruptive and take some adjusting too, there are ways to get through them and be ready to return to your best as quickly as possible.

This article written by

David Flanagan – Elite Age Group Triathlete

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