Monday, August 18, 2008

Day 141- Nutrition Bite

Key points to remember when choosing a healthy snack or meal before an athletic event:
  • Don't skip meals.
  • Eat extra carbohydrates and drink plenty of fluid 24 hours prior to the event.
  • Have your last meal 3-4 hours before the event; for example, baked potato with tuna and a small serving of salad.
  • Have a light snack 2 hours before your event.
  • Opt for high carbohydrates, low fat snacks, which will be more easily digested.
  • Fatty meals or snacks take longer to empty from the stomach so these should be avoided.
  • Meals and snacks should contain moderate amounts of protein to satisfy hunger.
  • Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day as well as during and after exercise.
-by Melanie Thomassian, dietitian

Sugar Preacher's Experience
Fluid is crucial before, during, and after an event. When I was on a backpacking trip in Southern Utah, we ran out of water. It was a nightmare!! People were fainting, dehydrated, and exhausted. The weather was 110 degrees which didn't help the issue. We started pumping from pothole water. When we finally reached our vehicles some hikers were vomiting because of dehydration. It was not a pretty sight! So, please stay hydrated!!

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