Healthy Pre-Game Meals for Track & Field

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What you eat before physical activity can make a word of different in regards to your performance. Learn about healthy pre-game meals for track and field with help from a practicing physician, speaker and lifestyle expert in this free video clip.

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Hello, I'm Dr. Theresa Ramsey for eHow.com talking today about healthy pre-game meals for track and field. The most important thing before we compete is to carb load the night before. A very common pre-game meal is pasta and meatballs and garlic bread and all athletes love it. To make it healthier we use quinoa pasta. Quinoa pasta has a higher nutrient content. It also has much more protein, easy to digest and fills ourselves with fuel when we're ready to compete the next day. So the night before we compete, we want to make sure we get plenty of carbohydrates. We also want to make sure that we're well hydrated the day before and the day of. We want to make sure we drink our weight if we're 200 pounds in ounces per day. So that would be 200 ounces of fluid a day. Athletes need fluids that have minerals in them which is why the mineral drinks are so popular. You can make your own mineral drink by adding liquid minerals or powdered minerals to our water, making sure that we get our body weight in ounces a day of fluid at least. We do not want to become dehydrated. For the track and field athlete we also want to make sure right before we compete that we have enough protein so three hours before the competition, I recommend a protein drink or a protein bar. It will be well digested before the game and you'll have plenty of energy from them. About 30 minutes before you compete with track and field, you want to have easily burning carbohydrates like bananas which are also high in minerals and/or oranges which give us more hydration and electrolytes and quick sugar to burn for a track and field meet. So there you have it, healthy pre-game meals for track and field.

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