Eau Claire & Chippewa Falls, WI – The Games of the XXX Olympiad are due to take place in London from July 27 to August 12 where 2,000 athletes from around the world go for the gold. Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals suggest the two weeks of international competition may be the perfect time to review your eating habits and develop a nutrition game plan that will boost your energy level and improve your overall heath.
Below are a few easy ways to start eating like an Olympian without over-consuming calories:
Get in tune with what your body needs. Strong competitors must manage their diets to stay in tip-top shape and maintain their energy during long workout sessions. Instead of eating the same-size meals and snacks day in and day out, top athletes match what they eat to how much they exercise. They recognize hunger and fullness, eat when they’re hungry, and stop when they’re full. When they are not training hard, they cut back on their portions to match their calories with their energy output.
Wake up a winner. It is important to eat a healthy breakfast to start your day energized and focused. The breakfast of champions consists of the right combination of quality carbohydrates, such as calcium-rich, low-fat milk or yogurt, fruits and vegetables and whole grains. One popular choice of the Olympic athlete is oatmeal with energizing B vitamins topped with fresh blueberries, walnuts and Greek yogurt.
Snack for Endurance. Eating mini-meals throughout the day helps boost energy, build muscle and burn fat. Athletes know the importance of snacking on dairy foods, as they are a good source of calcium, potassium and vitamin D, which support healthy bones and reduce the risk of fractures and osteoporosis.
Carbs, protein and fats. Your body needs all three in order to get the nutrients you need for physical activity. It’s important to make sure that you’re getting enough of each, and that you don’t completely eliminate any of them from your diet.
Rehydrate and refuel. Athletes drink plenty of water to keep hydrated through the day, as should the average American. More than half of your body weight is water, and it’s essential to keeping all of your systems working properly and efficiently.