Health & Nutrition
The following tips help to establish a nutritional foundation for everyday life. Your body needs a given amount of different nutrients in order to function properly. Too much of one thing, or even too little of another, can become problematic. Much of your health is directly linked to what you eat (as well as activity). A good question to ask yourself is: Am I eating enough of the right foods for my body to function at its best?
But how can you know what the right foods are? A good resource to start with is: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/MyPlate-Daily-Checklist This site allows you to enter your caloric needs, and then shows you serving profiles of different food groups required for that caloric range. It is not a perfect science, but it will give you a good place to start. You’ll notice nutrients come from a variety of sources: fruits, vegetables, grains etc. The body requires a large spectrum of nutrients that can only be gained through a diverse diet. Unbalanced diets can eventually cause nutrient deficiencies which lead to sickness or other health problems. These health problems can decrease your quality of life and have a negative impact on your athletic performance.
When able, avoid processed foods. Processed foods are typically found in a box, bag, or packaging. They tend to have empty calories that should be avoided. Fresh/whole foods are more nutrient dense and increase health. Optimal health will be gained by eating a broad range of primarily whole foods.
It is best for an athlete to eat every few hours. Meals and snacks should be balanced in carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Throughout the day, try to avoid junk food and simple carbs.
Hydration is another important element in order to maintain optimal health. A dehydrated body cannot perform strongly, nor become stronger. Binge drinking water does not help. It is best to always carry a water bottle and take a sip a few times every hour throughout the day. The more frequent visits to the bathroom are worth the perceived inconvenience!
More info specific to race day nutrition to be shared in a clinic. Date is TBA
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