Courtesy of AthleticFoodieTM, a sports performance company that helps athletes unlock their potential
Written by Garrett Weber-Gale
Most of us are very lucky; we have the opportunity to eat every day, several times per day. At swim meets, it gets even crazier; food is everywhere. You definitely need fuel to perform, that’s one of our core beliefs at AthleticFoodieTM, but it’s critical that you don’t eat over-eat around competitions.
There’s a difference between fueling for performance, and eating to comfort your mind. Be careful, when you get nervous at a meet, over-eating can be a hidden danger.
Here are a few things to think that will help you stay fueled at your meet, but not over-filled:
- Eat until you feel good, not until you feel full. You can come back for more food later. Being light and quick, is better than heavy and slow. You want a little bit of hunger inside of you, mentally and physically.
- Take a moment to think about how much you’re consuming, at the meet, compared to your normal consumption. Race-day consumption is very similar to that of a normal training day, but you’ll generally want to eat a bit more frequently, and in smaller quantities.
- Make sure to eat immediately after your race, as this will help replenish your glycogen stores, athlete’s primary fuel source. (AthleticFoodieTM energy chews and trail mixes are designed specifically for post-workout/race, to replace glycogen). Eating immediately post-race also helps prevent you from being super hungry two hours later, and completely gorging yourself at dinner, or worse, at lunch before finals.
- Stick to the plan. Remember your goals, and don’t be lured in by nachos at the meet, candy bars, or the cake at dinner. Once you take care of business in the pool, you can have your treat.
As the championship season continues, remember that a huge key to your success is the fuel you put into your body. If you want to swim your best, eat like a true champion, and visit www.athleticfoodie.com, to order AthleticFoodieTM snacks that are fueling many of the world’s fastest swimmers!
AthleticFoodieTM is a sports performance company, founded by Olympic Gold Medalist Garrett Weber-Gale, which makes snacks that are specifically designed to help athletes perform. Please visit www.athleticfoodie.com for more information about ordering AthleticFoodie snacks, and getting fuel that will help you swim fast.
About Garrett Weber-Gale, Founder of AthleticFoodieTM
In 2005, Garrett was diagnosed with dangerously high blood pressure, and was almost forced to give up his Olympic dream. Luckily, a small dose of medication, and a total revamp in his diet saved his dream and put the Olympics back in sight. Garrett began to see the direct connection between what he put into his body, and what he could get out of it.
After his diagnosis with high blood pressure, Garrett made it his mission to learn how to make healthy food taste great. He’s traveled the world working in famous restaurant kitchens in Italy, France, Copenhagen, Spain, and New York City. Garrett has taken his knowledge and experience from all over the world, and shared it with others through speeches at the White House, to schools, sports teams, TEDx, universities, TV and radio appearance, cooking classes, authored articles and AthleticFoodie Events.