TIPS FOR HEALTHY EATING AND BUILDING ENDURANCE
Good nutrition for the day starts with not skipping meals.
Breakfast is an essential meal of the day. Include a good protein source, and complex carbohydrates (high fiber, low sugar). Don’t start the day with coffee and donuts. The caffeine may wake you up initially and the sugar in donuts will give you an initial energy surge, but then an hour later blood sugars and energy level will rebound downward.
Good breakfast choices include oatmeal, whole grain cereals, low fat milk, yogurt, eggs, low fat ham or turkey, peanut butter, fruit, granola, nuts and cheese.
Lunch is just as important. Eating chips or soda will not sustain you for the rest of the day. Choose food from all food groups ( milk, grains/bread, meat, vegetable, fruit and fat group)
Good choices: whole wheat bread, turkey or ham or tuna or peanut butter, low fat milk, carrot sticks and low fat ranch dressing, trail mix, celery or banana or apple with peanut butter, cheese and crackers, yogurt.
*What to eat before practice*
During marching band season, is essential that you bring a nutritious snack from home to eat before practice on Thursdays. Your lunch was 3-4 hours ago, and you will need energy to sustain you while you march, march, march.
In addition to the large water container for the field, please bring a snack that contains “complex carbohydrates” and protein. E.g. peanut butter sandwich made with whole grain bread, apples and peanut butter; trail mix, high protein/low-sugar sports bars (Extend, Cliff, Pria, Glucerna, Kellogs Fiber Plus)
Avoid anything containing empty calories like chips, energy drinks containing caffeine, and sports beverages. These contain “simple sugars” and will give you temporary energy followed by a crash in your blood sugar levels.
Caffeine and some herbs also have the same effect . Also avoid high fat/fried foods before a marching or sports workout (french fries or onions are not a good choices). High fat foods will slow you down, are harder to digest and decrease energy level.
Make sure you eat a healthy dinner before the 6 pm practices on Tuesday as well!
Give your body the right kind of fuel to power you all the way through practice!
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