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Diet and Performance

John A. Wojtecki
Doctor John A. Wojtecki has 45 years of experience in Human Resources, Safety, and Training serving the toy, food, plastics, steel, and office furniture industries. John operates his own consulting business and is a Certified Facilitator in Real Colors. He is a volunteer with the Quad Cities Mediation Service. He posts monthly on his LinkedIn account.

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If you remember correctly, we were examining Tom Brady in the last article. When I look at his contributions, he has had a significant impact on a sport. That significance does not come without a price. If you wish to be significant, you must work on improvement. I am trying everyday!

I am in the midst of yet another learning commitment for SHIIP. It never ends. I tried to sit down the other day to work on the forty questions for which I have to get 85% correct. Not doing so will have dire consequences. I had trouble focusing and walked away. The lack of focus led me back to asking, ”why?”

Much is required to perform at peak. Diet plays a role in how Tom Brady performs. Jackson Thompson from Insider.com shared insight into Brady’s approach to fuel his performance.

When I looked at Brady’s diet compared to mine, there was a stark difference. As you read about his unique approach, you may want to compare yours to his, too. Tom Brady helps give guidance on not losing focus. For him to stay healthy (and focused), he follows eight diet and lifestyle rules.

First of his rules is that he assures himself of nine hours of sleep. Wow! I would venture that most of us do not get that much sleep. The night before my first effort at the continuing education, I was up in the middle of the night. Of course, if I am up in the middle of the night, hot water, and the Caribou Blend (coffee) is a must. Two strikes already against me.

Brady starts every day with a smoothie of thirty-six grams of protein. Not bad, and tasty, I must say. I will definitely incorporate that into my daily regimen, and a little kale in the mix will help the blood work next time.

Exercise, stretching, and movement are necessary for Brady. I do walk the dog and follow with a morning stretch. Tai-Chi at the Community Y would be another resource.

Several foods are off-limits for Brady. Those include dairy, gluten, refined carbs, caffeine, and processed meats. I violate two of those. No wonder my mind strays. Quitting all of those is unrealistic for me. I do think I will watch my diet to limit the intake to see if I can focus on my SHIIP questions. Brady also avoided strawberries, tomatoes, and eggplants. Not going to happen for me. Overall, his diet was 80% vegan and 20% organic meat. He also has a chef. Not likely for me, again. Overall, some of his program is very much out of my league.

The final item he consumes is dark chocolate. Now that I can buy into right now!

Realistic? Some of it. Yet, there is something to learn here. Diet plays a role in performance. I plan to make some modifications to my diet. How about you? I did get a good night’s sleep, cut back on the coffee, and passed my SHIIP questions with 39 out of 40 correct.

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