NUTRITION & SPORTS
Kurt A. Krueger, M.S.Ed.,
Director of the Institute of Sports Psychology,
a Division of Success Systems International
Nutrition fuels the body for daily living and peak performance. When
a person refines their nutrient intake, the potential for peak
performance is in most cases heightened dramatically. The concept of
chemical synergism comes into play. You will get more energy from the
input than the sum of the individual foods would offer.
Michael Colgan, M. D. presented the keynote speech on Nutrition at the 1984
Olympic Scientific Congress that showed proper personalized nutrient
intake improved marathon times an average of 11 minutes as compared
with the placebo groups 7 minutes (this placebo effect illustrates the
effect a person's mind has on performance), strength increased up to
fifty percent, and for those who had been anywhere malnourished, I.Q.
was enhanced by over 20 points.
Nutrition can affect the mind in positive or negative ways. The
neuroendocrinologist, R. Wurtman showed in a study that
complex-carbohydrates can have the same effect on people as
anti-depressant drugs -- they can improve mood, diminish sensitivity to
negative stimuli, and ease the way to sleep.
The spirit is affected by and can affect food. We will suggest
information on the former. Oriental research over the centuries has
shown that the best food for the body/mind/spirit is: fresh, whole,
unadulterated, and as live as possible. "Live" vegetables offer a
person more highly oxygenated food with an ability to oxygenate their
system. It should be grown naturally, without chemicals. Recent
studies as described by Dr. Gabriel Cousens M.D. in the book Spiritual
Nutrition and the Rainbow Diet have shown that the energy structure of
organic food is organized, while non-organic food had
incoherent/scattered energy patterns. The premise for using organic
foods is then that the organized food molecules will have an
organizing effect on the body's molecules, and waste no energy, thus,
maximizing human functions.
Nutrients for the human being are also air, liquids, and thoughts.
The purist of each is obviously the best for optimizing performance
and health. The amount of nutrients, as well as when and how they are
ingested, can be as important as what we ingest. The use of muscle
testing or Behavioral Kinesiology is commonly used to find the
appropriate kind and amount of food,vitamins, and minerals for an
individual who cannot consult a qualified nutritionist. Diamond, in
the small book Your Body Doesn't Lie, presents a succinct description
for using this technique.
Total Fitness was first published in the Journal of the California Association
for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Feb. '97, Sacramento.
Success Systems International teaches the techniques of Peak Performance Training.
SSI and its division of the Institute of Sports Psychology were founded in 1982
by the futurist, Kurt A. Krueger. He has been a
University faculty member in Psychology and Physical Education, 11923 West Kagel
Canyon, CA 91342 USA.