79

Swimmer's Diet

Have you ever heard the myth that when you’re starving, your body feeds on itself? It’s not entirely a myth. Simple Carbohydrates deplete the body of essential vitamins and minerals. Since simple carbs contain zero vitamins and minerals, your body can actually take them out of its own tissues. Be sure your carbs are full of nutrients, so your body doesn’t feed on itself!:

Oatmeal

Quinoa

Buckwheat Pasta

Whole Wheat Pasta

Regular Pasta

Bran flakes

Whole Grain Bread

Brown Rice

Air-popped Popcorn

Oat Flour

Keep Blood Sugar High

You don’t want a performance-killing blood sugar drop mid-lap. Foods that release energy slowly will stabilize your blood sugar and will fuel you for hours.

Oatmeal

Lentils

100% Whole Wheat Bread

Sweet Potatoes

Pinto Beans

Garbanzo Beans

Peanuts

Walnuts

Almonds

Cashews

Flaxseeds

Sunflower Seeds

I know Lunchables fit conveniently in your athlete’s bag, but for a high quality performance you also want High Quality Protein. Find it in these:

Black Beans

Garbanzo Beans

Kidney Beans

Lentils

Navy Beans

Lima Beans

Soybeans

Tofu

Cheddar Cheese

Cottage Cheese

Eggs

Swiss Cheese

Milk

Yogurt

Anchovies

Halibut

Salmon

Sardines

Tuna

Oatmeal

Buckwheat

Popcorn

Brown Rice

Rye Bread

Chicken

Turkey

Avoid Feeling Lethargic

Start at the source. Your body needs healthy cells for you to be healthy! Your hair, your organs, your skin, everything. Iron delivers oxygen to your cells and Iron deficiencies have also been linked to feelings of lethargy. To strengthen your body at its core, and to keep from dragging your feet to the diving board, get plenty of Iron:

Barley

Rice Flakes

Wheat Germ

Whole Wheat Bread

Oatmeal

Pasta

Lentils

Soybeans

Beet Root

Mint Parsley

Turnip Greens

Broccoli

Bok Choy

Dried Dates

Watermelon

Raisins

Fish

Lean Red Meat

 

Leave a reply