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In a sim­i­lar vein to Hough’s pre­hab sug­ges­tions, Dana­her has some sug­ges­tions for changes that have a longer term ef­fect. “There is so much fo­cus on pro­tein and car­bo­hy­drates, that veg­etable in­take in ath­letes can be woe­fully low. I can­not em­pha­sise enough how im­por­tant it is to con­sis­tently in­clude veg­eta­bles in your diet over the long term. Veg­eta­bles are not just for los­ing weight or as a pretty side salad in the sum­mer. The mi­cronu­tri­ents and phy­to­chem­i­cals found in veg are needed to com­bat the ox­ida­tive stress and in­flam­ma­tory pro­cesses that re­sult from high lev­els of ex­er­cise. The fi­bres in veg are also es­sen­tial for keep­ing the gut mi­cro­biome healthy. Va­ri­ety and quan­tity are both im­por­tant – so lots of dif­fer­ent colours, fresh or frozen, and enough to cover at least 1/3 of a plate at meal­times.”

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