Over a year ago, I noticed that my diet (full of cheeseburgers, pizza, and sweets) was starting to impact my abilities - especially physical endurance - on the track, so I really started paying attention to my food consumption and how things were making me feel. Turns out I have some dietary sensitivities.
I visited a couple doctors, talked to some personal trainers, and read various articles in order to construct a plan that would work for my training regiment. Last year, my weekly grocery shopping was loosely planned around meals aka what I thought I might want to cook throughout the week. I’d start about 2-3 weeks before a game or tournament following basic guidelines of what foods to avoid. I tracked what I ate at the end of the day in a spreadsheet (praise be to the Google Drive).
Avoid 2 Weeks Prior to Game Day:
- Dairy (butter, cheese, milk, cream, etc.)*
- Soda, Coffee, Black teas
- Spicy dishes
- Sweets and artificial sugars
This year, I decided to kick it up a notch and, instead of just tracking, plan my daily meals a week in advance. Since I do weekly grocery shopping, this has actually helped me with list-making and buying enough ingredients for the week. Sure, sometimes I divert from the plan and have an extra snack or switch up the days I eat fish and chicken, but it’s more of a guide anyway.