What does nutrition have to do with physical training?
It has everything to do with it.
It is imperative to provide the nourishment to allow for the endurance, strength, and stamina that are required on a daily basis. The physical and mental demand of this sport is a key reason to be conscious of our dietary habits.
Imagine our body as a car and fuel is what is needed in order for it to function, the same goes for our body.
Balancing Blood sugar levels:
The human body produces glucose as our main source of energy, which is directly absorbed after digestion. Most of our glucose is processed through aerobic respiration that allows all carbohydrates, fats, and proteins to be transferred into energy. The energy we get through aerobic respiration can determine how steadfast an athlete can become during workout and after workout.
The choices we make with our foods can be a reflection of blood sugar imbalances and can lead to the “crash” after eating sugary (refined or processed) foods (candy, fast food, a bag of sugar, etc.,) we will significantly feel a rise in energy and even feel rejuvenated, yet the fact of the matter is the effect is temporary. A change in our diet that includes more natural ingredients allows the body to function at a more constant rate.
Nutrition vs. Timing:
For parents and students we are waking up before the sun rises and ending our day while the sun is sets, so it’s important to be aware of when & what foods we eat.
Being mindful of the overview of your day will be a good way to plan out what to eat. From rest to play we need a sufficient amount of energy that identifies with actions we make in the course of a day.
The (4) meals to capitalize on:
Breakfast: Our energy is the lowest at this point. We should make the most of this meal to jump start our day. Protein, fats, and some omega-3 to aid brain function.
Lunch: Sandwiches with meats, cheese, and veggies/ fruits/ and water (prepares the athlete for training)
A pre-workout meal and post-workout meals should consist of carbohydrates that contain proteins and fats
Each child is different and foods can be experimented to find what works best. Yet, the variation of the food choice remains the same. We can play with the choice of foods (ex. breakfast) it can be eggs w/ ham, egg omelet w/ veggies & meat, French toast w/ fruit & veggies, etc.
Once we create a platform where we can keep a consistent routine of how we eat, our sense of energy becomes just as consistent, allowing our bodies to perform at it’s highest level!