Whether you are a serious athlete or a weekend warrior, your diet plays an important role on and off the court. Your grandmother knew her stuff when she said, “eat your vegetables.” Leafy greens and fruits are high in minerals and low in fat. A high-protein meal at dinner will keep your blood sugar low, insuring a sounder, deeper sleep. If you are a cheese lover, substitute it with goat or feta cheese. An example of a delicious, low calorie breakfast is goat cheese with fruit. Excessive caffeine consumption can be dehydrating. Before and during play, try an electrolyte mix, also available in convenient packets, to which you add water. Carbohydrate sources such as whole-grain pasta, cereals and fruits can provide energy when consumed selectively. Foods and beverages with refined sugars are not recommended. Also on top of this, always get a good night’s sleep.
You can monitor your nutritional habits with the Dietary Analysis Tool For Athletes.
Many top athletes are reporting great results with a vegan diet (no animal products). For more information on this type diet go to Suzanna McGee’s Plant-Based Athletes Simple Guide book.
For sports-specific nutritional advice from a leading expert watch Optimal Nutrition for Tennis Players with Page Love