Sue Bird is a 17-year legend, one of the WNBA Greatest of All Time point guards, three-time WNBA national champion with the Seattle Storm (including the 2018 championship), eleven WNBA All-Star Teams, eight All-WNBA Teams, four-time Team USA Gold Medal Olympian, three FIBA world championships and four EuroLeague championships, and even more.
I have the great honor of working with women who strive to improve their health and performance in all aspects of their lives. Sometimes it’s in athletic competition, but just as often it is somewhere else in their lives, from having enough energy to take care of themselves, those around them, and still enjoy the parts of their days that are for fun and not obligation. We often blame our bodies and especially our unique feminine biology for an inability to be at our best. For eons women have been told that our biology works against us. That information is just plain wrong!
There are so many ways to think about high performance. Most people go right to sports performance and athletes, but you don’t have to be an athlete to want peak performance. You can have a desire to perform at your best in all places and phases of your life. While you may want high performance on the court or the track, you might also want it in the courtroom, the boardroom, and even the bedroom. We can desire peak physical as well as mental performance from the time we are young students to old age.
The question isn’t whether or not to eat carbohydrate. If you exercise to enhance performance, you probably know you need carbohydrate in your diet to achieve that goal. The question I am most commonly asked is what, when and how to eat carbohydrate. I answer by saying “put your carbs to work for you”
Carbohydrates fuel physical action and mental function. The greater the intensity of your movement the more carbohydrate is required. Sitting at the desk, watching a movie, walking your dog, household chores, all use a tiny bit of carbohydrate, but not much.