I wish I knew back when I was in elementary/middle school the importance of nutrition and how it works back. I use to eat junk food and drink soda just like every other child. What a difference a few years makes… Little did I know the damages such foods do to your body and how long it would take to recover. It’s truly amazing how these foods are made and packaged. Makes you wonder why some are even legal to sell.
I learned my lesson as I became an elite level athlete. Performance at that level is measured in fractions of a second. So many times I was off just a bit and it cost me several opportunities to represent the US in international competition. I eventually got there but only after loosing a few years of eligibility. Needless to say, I was close to aging out and all the while I kept thinking I should have managed things better earlier.
Back in time, I would have demanded more of myself and eaten better foods regardless of what my friends were eating. There is no supplement to the body you were given, so you must take care of it to the best of your ability. Now one way to ensure I hold myself accountable is teach related topics in my classes. Not only does this provide me with some rewards, it truly improves the quality of instruction and participation amongst the students.
Master Joseph B. Ash, Owner, BAEPLEX Family Martial Arts Center, Inc., Author: Martial Arts Unlocked