Featured: Focused Nutrition, Game Day Shake & Rondo's Resurgence

Rajon Rondo has long-been one of my favorite players.  He has his obvious strengths, weaknesses, and noted prickliness.  That said, he is a champion and unquestionably one of the most interesting players in the league.  The mercurial point guard is perhaps the most misunderstood player in the league.  Capable of magic, his apex basketball IQ and unique skillset have gone underappreciated by the media, as well as some coaches, post-Boston-era.

This season with the Pels, he's playing quite well, including racking up the only two 20+ assist games in the last 20 seasons this postseason.  Coach Alvin Gentry has handed him the keys to the offense when he's in the game (a prerequisite for A-game Rondo), and the whole team is reaping the rewards.

That said, his start to the season wasn't so hot.  The point guard didn't look right physically and it took dialing in his nutrition to help.  Let this stand as yet another testament to what focused nutrition can do for athletes, for healing anyone, for driving performance, as well as how even the guys at the top don't have it perfect.

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A couple choice excerpts below:

"Inflammatory foods like butter, cream, white bread, refined sugar, and red meat had to go in order to help the body heal. Coconut oil, coconut cream, complex carbohydrates, and protein in every form had to be worked in. Miller had already been using healthier alternatives, so he was up for the challenge and familiar with excising inflammatory foods from a diet."

Good call here, though occasional grass-fed butter is going to be A-okay for most folks.  Eliminating the grain-fed butter is a good move, however.  Red meat-if hormone-infused, grain-fed (potentially nasty soy-containing pellets)-is something to avoid.  However, if grass-fed and organic, red meat in some capacity should be a staple.  Not necessarily the dominant protein source, but something to include, regardless, particularly for hormones.

"Collagen directly helps with soft-tissue recovery and inflammation, and it’s also used for bone broth—the liquid of the recovery gods used by Kobe Bryant and others."

Those who've been paying attention know I'm all about getting collagen in your diet.  I'm getting ready to add some key, focused nutrition components to my online store and collagen is a vital piece.  Collagen protein can help with immune function, repair the lining of the gut microbiome, fortify connective tissues, prevent injury, aid in anti-aging, as well as enhance growth hormone production.  Some of these are interrelated, but there you have it.

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Another choice passage is Rondo's morning croissant.  If wheat/guten-free, this is something that can get my nod.  However, purposeful ingestion of wheat and gluten is not something you want at any level, particularly when you get paid millions to perform.  The agitation to the nervous system, corruption of the immune system, degradation to brain function, pro-inflammatory effects, and more are not something anyone should co-sign on.  There is a debate as to whether it's wheat/gluten or its pesticide/processing ingredient counterparts, but it's best to stay away from American wheat, at least.

Last, but not least-Rondo's healing, performance-enhancing shake.  The secret sauce:

  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup fresh raw spinach
  • 1 scoop whey protein
  • 1 scoop collagen peptides
  • 1/2 scoop collagen protein
  • 1/2 tbsp matcha green tea
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 2 tsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp manuka honey
  • 2 cups chocolate almond milk

This is all great stuff.  Depending on the athlete/your needs, I might rotate the amounts, as well as some of the nutrients contained.  In fact, rotating your food intake is key for nutrient variety, so rotating for the sake of rotating is actually a good idea.  One thing I would ditch is the whey protein, even if sourced from grass-fed cows.  Purposeful ingestion of dairy for nutrition isn't something I commonly recommend, save for some student athletes who have trouble with my recommended protein intake.  Dairy-by-design can work for most folks with a clean bill of health-this means occasional ingestion of dairy (usually more on the butter, cheese side of things rather than milk, whey, though).  Other than that-good stuff, here.

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