Taekwondo Nutrition: What's Fuelling Jade Jones

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Known as ‘the headhunter’ due to her exciting fighting style, Jade Jones is a global superstar and record breaker in Taekwondo.

Arguably Wales’ greatest ever sportswoman, Jade has twice been voted BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year. She is constantly setting new records that will forever live in the history books. Here we delve into what puts Jade at the top of her game, not just in the ring but with her general health and wellbeing.

“I've really put everything into my training this time. I've moved to Croatia, I've got a new coach and training partners, and I'm leaving no stone unturned. It gets tiring, it's hard, but that keeps it fresh and helps me enjoy it and be more grateful.”

Jade understands the importance of fuelling her body to stay ahead.

“I'm older, there are young, hungry kids out there who want to be champions too, so it's just got harder. I’ve been using Manuka Doctor Manuka Honey as it has loads of benefits, it reduces inflammation, it supports your gut and also boosts your immune system. Obviously for me before competition, the last thing I want to be doing is getting sick, so it’s been perfect!”

Jade on training...

“I train Monday to Friday, usually twice a day from 9 until 5. I obviously do a lot of Taekwondo-specific skills and training which is sparring and kicking pads etc. Then there’s a lot of general conditioning in addition to taekwondo specific training, so some weeks I do cardio-focused work which is some longer distance running and cycling, whereas other weeks it’ll be more explosive and we do higher-intensity workouts where it’s short sprints and short recovery. Finally, I do a lot of lifting weights (mainly squats), core work and plenty of stretching.”

“Training is very intense and takes a big toll on my body, so it’s important I get the right amount of recovery and fuel correctly. Manuka Doctor Manuka honey is a slow release carbohydrate. I fuel my body with this natural sweetener during meal-time, or add it to my water bottle, so I don't get those energy dips throughout the day. I also put a spoonful in my drink before training, so it fuels me up throughout the session with all the added benefits. I love to add Manuka honey to my go-to breakfast of fruit yoghurt and nuts. It’s a great natural addition to my diet for my exercising muscles. I also love to sprinkle some bee pollen on top for added nutrition. Bee Pollen is made up of highly nutritious, sweet-tasting granules, that provide a high source of protein, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Its really tasty and the perfect addition to my breakfast yoghurt or smoothie.”

“I also make sure I have enough protein at the right times and generally some fruit and veg throughout the day to try and keep healthy. My favourite meal is brunch on a weekend where I’ve got more time and I’ll make sourdough toast, avocado, smoked salmon, eggs and obviously a coffee!”

Article References

1 https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1143286/jones-is-back-for-third-olympic-gold

2 https://www.healthwellbeing.com/this-is-how-twice-olympic-gold-medal-winner-jade-jones-trains-and-eats