Be the Best YOU! Fuel Your Game!
Fueling your body is a vital component to reaching your ideal performance level. However, eating well can be a challenge especially with all of the tempting junk food and fast food restaurants. Everyone has a different superstitions about what they should eat before a game but honestly, what you eat the night before a competition is more important.
If you go to McDonald’s the night before, you are going to wake up feeling sluggish and tired. That is not a good way to start out game day. An ideal night before a game provides you with carbohydrates for long lasting energy, vegetables because they are good for you, and protein to help build up muscles. My typical night before a game meal is: whole wheat pasta of some sort, spinach, bell peppers, broccoli, and chicken mixed with a tomato sauce. This gives me carbs for energy, protein to build muscles, and veggies because they’re very important.
Now, a pre-game meal is a bit different. You do not want to have your meal centered around carbs because they are very heavy and sit in your stomach. You want a light meal that is still filling but is not going to weigh you down. Ideally a meal focused on lean, protein rich foods. For me, a typical pre-game meal consists of a turkey sandwich with lettuce and tomato on wheat bread or a wheat wrap.
Another incredibly important aspect of nutrition athletes need to be mindful of is their hydration level. You should be hydrating yourself for competition at least two days before. If you are not adequately hydrated, that is when your body will begin to cramp and cause further issues so make sure you are drinking plenty of water. If you think you are drinking enough right now, you probably are not and should drink more. If you want to drink a sports drink, like Gatorade, it should be before or during competition but it should be accompanied with a lot of water.
When an athlete has the proper nutrition, their game can be elevated much more quickly than an athlete that eats foods that are terrible for them.