74.High energy / sports diets : Food Combining Hay Diet

The full text of the book published by Bloomsbury. Author Peter Thomson

The most efficient strategy to adopt for any exercise is a gradual build -up over several weeks. All the body systems need to be brought to a state of fitness gradually, not just the muscles. There is no need to increase protein intake to build muscle, most of the protein that you eat will simply be destroyed, putting an extra load on the kidneys.

Keep to a breakfast of starch and fruit (without added sugar) and a lunch of starch and vegetables (without too much added fats) and a single protein meal a day.

If you find your appetite increasing with the extra exercise, add to the starch in your meals, not the protein and not extra fat. If you are to engage in prolonged heavy exercise, such as hard manual labour for more than 8 hours each day, you may even require three starch based meals a day plus the one protein meal. But do resist the temptation to cover the starch with fat or sugar.

For intensive occasional exercise the body is dependent on mobilising reserves already in place rather than deriving them from food immediately before or during the exercise. Training over several weeks ensures that this mobilisation of reserves takes place efficiently and is less likely to cause the highs and lows of blood sugar that result from high sugar and fat diets. Any food remaining in the stomach will reduce the body's capacity to participate in intensive exercise. Do not eat a fatty meal any closer than 4 hours before vigorous exercise. A protein meal requires at least two hours for digestion before starting vigorous exercise and a starch meal one hour.

The food combining diet combined with proper training results in a person who is much fitter and able to enjoy all sporting activities