Competition at its core is a direct representative of human health. It’s about showing that we can outwit, outperform, and outlast the guy or gal next to us on the platform of life. It’s a test against all the others attempting to prove their superiority not only in any specific realm, but also in the broader arena of life’s daily challenges. It’s a symbol of true fitness and the baseline for this fitness is health.
When I think of the healthiest person alive, I imagine him or her capable of climbing mountains and lifting large loads. I see robust musculature and the ability to handle difficult situations—mentally and physically—over a long and fruitful lifetime. I certainly don’t picture health as a burnt-out Lance Armstrong fat and drunk on a golf course. Chasing limelight and riches akin to kings, athletes abuse themselves in the name of performance yet sacrifice the very foundation of that performance: health.
So what does it take to be both healthy and perform at the top of our genetic aptitude without destroying our joints, frying our brains, or compromising the longevity of our lives? We can definitely count on one scientifically sound and heavily influential factor: good food. Your food is your fuel. There are universal principles of eating well that apply to everyone and athletes are no exception. Any compromise of these principles under the ruse of “gains” is at best ignoring the foundation of your health and at worst is taking you one step closer to being on that golf course.