Eating like an athlete is serious business – there’s no such thing as skipping or skimping on a meal.
After all, you wouldn’t drive with no gas in the tank. Athletes have to consume mega calories and keep their bodies nourished so they can remain at the top of their game. You can’t perform if you’re hungry and you can’t trick your body; the gut brain is going to come knocking and distract you. So, what if we applied the same thought and care into nutrition that athletes do, but instead of doing an actual sport, what if we ate for our mane? Stick with me here… food can be medicine and fuel, so why wouldn’t we want to eat our best and have touchable, thick locks along the way.
We reached out to “LA’s toughest pilates class” instructor according to Vogue, Amanda Kassar, founder of the private pilates celeb haunt Pilates By Amanda for her take on how to consume for healthy hair and body. In addition to her exclusive studio, Amanda is also founder of app-based pilates classes Core Club and co-founder of Organic Oren — an organic weekly meal plan that she and her clients swear by. Amanda’s clients include Sofia Richie, Rita Ora, Morgan Stewart, Whitney Port and Marianna Hewitt so we know we’re in good hands.
How to Eat Like an Athlete
To start, I ask Amanda to define what eating like an athlete means. “Eating like an athlete means you are conscious about what you use to fuel your body. Ultimately, eating foods that are rich in protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats, will make you physically feel better,” she shares.
While there isn’t a singular diet favored by athletes, the food they eat does follow a bit of a theme. “Athletes need healthy carbs to improve their performance. For example whole grains, fruits, starchy and non-starchy vegetables, brown rice, quinoa, etc.”
The sport your playing can also impact what you eat, Amanda explains. “Depending on the sport you may need to adjust your diet. A sport that is low impact may not need as many carbohydrates as a sport or high-intensity workout that stresses the body and requires carbohydrates to exert more energy.” This makes sense, because a swimmer and a football player seem like they would have different needs.
Food for Hair
And people who need a boost in the hair dept also want in on the tips and trick… so, how can you eat like an athlete for your hair? “The diet to maintain healthy hair is very similar to that used by an athlete,” Amanda confirms. You should be eating an appropriate amount (no need to go too crazy, but do what feels right) of a diverse amount of healthy foods. “Eat enough protein, carbs, and healthy fats to ensure your body is getting enough key vitamins and minerals.”
There are certain foods you can incorporate more of, to try and reap their nutrient-rich properties. “Although I’m not a nutritionist,” prefaces Amanda, “the foods I would eat for hair growth are protein, including salmon that is high in Omega 3, and eggs that are high in biotin. Omega 3 and Biotin help with hair growth and maintaining the integrity of the hair. Healthy fats like avocado and nuts are also great for promoting hair growth.”
If you’re not the best cook and don’t want to spend a chunk of your time at the grocery store, Amanda recommends a meal delivery service that does the planning for you. Woo hoo, one less thing to worry about. “I work closely with Organic Oren, aforementioned healthy meal delivery service in Los Angeles that provides incredible dishes that are nutrient-dense, filled with lean proteins, carbs, and healthy fats. I don’t have to think about what to eat to fuel my body for pilates,” Amanda says. “I know I’m getting a balanced meal and I’m putting high-quality ingredients in my body. The added benefit of Organic Oren meals is that your hair will look amazing too!”