Athletes who travel to complete can find it tough to eat well when they are on tour. Being away from home and away from a normal routine can affect one’s system adversely and therefore knowing what to eat and what to avoid is imperative to ensure your success and the success of your team.
In order to learn how to identify good food from bad, athletes should first familiarize themselves with some culinary terms. For example, foods that are prepared without adding extra fat are definitely a better choice. Try and opt for foods that are grilled, roasted, baked or poached. When fat is used during the cooking process, it ends up making the food you eat high on fat too. Try and avoid foods that include the following words – fried, sautéed or au gratin. When you order for pastas, try and avoid those with a creamy base and the same goes for soup.
While the word salad goes well with healthy eating, you have to be careful about what salads you order. Many salads found in some of the best restaurants are loaded up with fat content and have little or no nutritional value. Try and stay away from salads that have extra cheese fried toppings or bacon. Also choose a salad that does not have too much dressing. Make sure your salads have loads of vegetables and the least amount of processed foods. When looking for sides, try opt for fruits or vegetables of baked potatoes.
The best way to stay on track with your diet is pack some snacks with you. On the road you really do not know what lies ahead and more often than not, you are unaware of the kind of food that you are going to be served. Try and carry along some fruits, bagels, crackers, nuts and energy bars.
Carrying a bottle of water along with you everywhere to stay hydrated while on the road is an absolute must.
Before taking off on a long tour meet with a Registered Holistic Nutritionist to learn how you can make the most of the resources that you will have at hand to stay healthy. Also get in touch with a homeopath so that you can keep your mind and body strong while travelling.