Carb_Loading_for_Games_and_RacesEvery athlete is looking for that competitive advantage.  What you eat before and after your workouts and games can greatly determine the type of athlete you will be.  It is very important to get proper nutrition from eating the right diet.  But what should you eat before the big game?

Most of us have heard about carb loading the night before a big race or a big game.  Although this can be very important, you may want to watch where your carb sources are coming from.  I am not a big fan of grains, but I will explain more about this in future updates.  That doesn’t mean I don’t eat them, and I am not telling you to avoid them, but there are much better carb sources.  The night before a big game don’t load up on bread and pizza, but opt for the potatoes and the veggies. 

Choose nutrient rich vegetables like carrots, spinach, and asparagus, which are all loaded with anti-oxidants.  Don’t overload on the broccoli though, as it might make your stomach uneasy during the game.  Potatoes are a great source of carbs loaded with potassium which is needed for the long tournament weekends.  Sweet potatoes are better than white potatoes, as long as you don’t load it up with butter and sugar.  Next month we will focus more on what types of foods to have the day of the big game.  Good luck, play hard, and eat right.

Dr Spencer Charlet
Chiropractor in Mooresville, NC