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What to eat before a game or practice?

Posted Dec 28 2009 12:06PM

It is important for an athlete to maintain a healthy diet every day, not just on game day, for overall well-being, endurance and injury prevention. On game day, a diet that is high in carbohydrate and fluids is important. Two to three hours prior to game time an athlete should eat a meal with about two thirds of his/her plate consisting of complex carbohydrate food choices (grains, fruits and vegetables and low fat milk,) and one third lean protein (chicken, fish, eggs and lean meats). An athlete should avoid high fat and extremely high fiber foods in this meal as they take longer to digest and can cause stomach upset at game time. Pasta marinara with chicken or 2 egg omelet with toast and potatoes, served with fruit, juice or low fat milk are two sample pre game meal choices.

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