I should eat much less if I’m injured since I can’t exercise. True or False?
Injury is a time to build and repair. Nutrients and energy intake are necessary.
•If you cut calories too low, you may be delaying the healing process. You may need more than you think to provide enough nutrients to repair an injury.
•Protein is key in rebuilding, but recent studies show that adequate energy (calories) intake is more important for protein rebuilding than the actual amount of protein on it’s own. Don’t just have a high protein diet. Make sure you have adequate calorie intake.
Vitamins and minerals to focus on:
•Vitamin C: from of course oranges but also, bell peppers, potatoes, cabbage and broccoli.
•Vitamin A: sweet potatoes, spinach, papaya, bell peppers
•Zinc: Meat, seafood, sunflower seeds, almonds