Nutrition is one of the most important parts of Track & Field. Ignoring the fact that Usain Bolt ate around 1000 McNuggets during his time in Beijing, Most athletes need a stable and healthy diet. Staying away from fast foods, fried foods, sugary drinks such as Gatorade and Sodas, and candy will help you get started.
There is an old saying, "You wouldn't put regular gasoline in Porsche, would you?" Well that same thing can be said for your body. Keep things simple, read the ingredients and do not worry about the calorie count as long as it is healthy. You will need a healthy amount of Proteins, Grains, Vegetables, Fruits and a small amount of Dairy every day for a Balanced diet.
-If you can't pronounce, or know what the first three ingredients of an item are, don't eat it.
-When shopping for food, stay around the outside of the store, that is where all the fresh products are usually kept
-Carbs are as important as Proteins. Your body needs carbohydrates to break down proteins.
-Everything in Moderation. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
-Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate. An athlete cannot function properly when dehydrated.
Coach what do you eat?
Breakfast: Oatmeal, Fruit, Greek Yogurt
Mid-morning snack: Fruit, Granola, Veggies
Lunch: Turkey on whole wheat, veggies, granola, fruit, maybe a yogurt
Mid-Afternoon: Handful of Granola or Nuts, Dried Fruit
Post-Workout: Chocolate Milk or Protein Shake, square of Dark Chocolate
Dinner: Grilled Chicken or Fish with Pasta or Rice, Veggies, Salad
Pre-Bedtime: Small Protein shake or Glass of Chocolate Milk.
Questions about your dietary needs?
See your Coach or Doctor for specific needs.
Iron- Links to information regarding iron. Please consult a coach if you are interested in learning more about how low iron can affect you and how you should go about checking your levels.