Soccer Nutrition

For couple of months I've been playing soccer on Saturdays (none of those guys are me J). I've been observing how my nutrition plays a part in my performance during a game. In my experience, I've found that balancing and going Paleo will work for pretty much anything. Hydration is extremely important and often overlooked.

Here's what I ate 30 minutes prior to last Saturday's game:

  • 12 Asparagus Spears
  • 2 Egg Whites/1 Egg Yolk scrambled
  • 3 Silver Dollar sized indian turkey patties w/tomato sauce
  • 1 apple
  • 5 tbsp olive oil mayo

I tweaked my typical breakfast by roughly doubling my fat intake (I just squeezed the mayo bottle for longer time). While playing, I felt noticeably more energetic and alert throughout the game than previous games, and it also happened to be the best game I ever played (of the 6 I've done). I was also well hydrated (32 oz. of water prior) and had plenty of rest. I played a full 90-minute game hard, and afterward I was not hungry at all. In fact I felt I could play more. That was new.

Remember, fat is your friend! When you have balanced your meals for a while, your body converts to using fat as its primary energy source. For long-term, or endurance-type activities, increasing your fat intake prior can assist with sustained energy for longer periods.

What do you do for endurance type activities? Post to comments!

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Ritu Riyat is an applied yoga and mindfulness expert. She equips her clients with tools to reconnect with their bodies, eliminate stress, and make more informed decisions about their health and well being.

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