What does it take to fuel your engine like a champion? If you’d like get the 'real deal' on nurturing success and live a day in an athlete’s shoes (and food pantry), read on… Here’s a sneak peak at some feeding rituals that allow fellow sport enthusiasts to savour the benefits of an athletic lifestyle and sound nutrition!
- When asked about the must-haves in the fridge and lunch box, our panel of interviewees responded (in order of importance) : greek yogurt, oatmeal and bagels, bananas and dried mangoes, veggies and rice crackers with hummus and tofu dip, fish, peanut butter and maple syrup, caffeine (!), dark chocolate and fruit chews (!!). What are your favorite items at the grocery store?
- In sharing advice with regards to eating/exercise, the group suggested: not being fearful of eating to give the body what it needs to excel, breaking down barriers and going beyond the limits we may set for ourselves (nothing is impossible…) and considering consulting a professional dietitian get tips to support training and everyday life. Are you optimizing your chances for success?
- As for tracking down credible and user-friendly information on sports nutrition, this select sample of clients recommended: going straight to the source and finding a dietitian to team up with, websites (www.active.com, www.ironman.com), magazines (Triathlon Magazine Canada), amongst other sources. What are your favorites?
- In order to give in to their guilty pleasures without giving up and keeping hunger under control, these gurus tend to: make sure not to skip meals nor snacks and keep to a tight routine, treat themselves only after events (as a reward!), have nutritious foods at arm’s reach, consume foods in moderation, maintain adequate hydration… Readers: do you have any tips to share?
- Finally, with regards to sports supplements, the athletes gave 5 stars to the following products : bars (Clif, PowerBar and Kronobar were the favorites), protein powder (Vega came in first), chews (Clif and Power Bar were worthy of their attention), gels (Honey Stinger was the first choice) and brews (such as First Endurance EFS). Check out the wide selection of sports nutrition products on athleti.ca!
Let yourself get carried away in the health-nut craze: it’s worth a taste! You’ll feel better and optimize your performance. Every bit and each bite matters, your body should be treated as a temple. Eating sensibly is contagious, spread the word!!!
*Special thanks to Bruno Langevin, Marc Bonds and Jimmy Gosselin for their insight, their time and trust as well as their inspiring stories.
Making sense of all the sports supplements on the market can seem as tricky as learning algebra. I will be posting my ‘tips and tricks’ on the athleti.ca blog, to make this process easier for you. For the best results, and to make the most out of your limited budget, here are a few tips to get you started:
Go for what you need, not what others are taking
Every athlete is different, and should have their own personalized nutritional strategy. For example, leaner athletes will need more protein as they usually have lower energy intakes. Females who are active will need to take more iron and ensure that they consume sufficient amounts of carbohydrates.
Do your homework; use the tools on athleti.ca
As is true for any shopping experience, it’s crucial to do your research before you buy, otherwise you’ll most probably overspend and end up with the wrong products. Consult the nutrition labels and information on the product pages in athleti.ca, and use the athleti.ca product comparison before making your purchase; check out this blog to read up on the nutritional strategies of professional athletes and experts; and send me your nutritional questions using the Ask Caroline Q&A form.
Be selective: not all supplements are created equal
Not all brews, chews, bars and other such products are comparable, as they are made from different recipes. Some have caffeine, giving you the extra jolt and accelerating your heartbeat, but possibly bringing on some jitters. Also, all sugars are not created equally: maltodextrins could be easier to digest in some people while it may not be the case for others, whereas fructose has other benefits and costs. Stay tuned to this blog for more information.
Love what you eat
Last, but certainly not least, taste is a most important criteria when selecting your ideal supplemental. If you are not happy with the taste, fueling up during your ride, run or swim will be a challenge
Best of luck, have fun training and be healthy… and hungry!!!
Should you wear a CamelBak or Fuel Belt for running? Check out this video for some tips:
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