Thank you for your questions on nutrition while traveling!
During the summer season, we do a lot of traveling to different competitions. It is especially important to be mindful of the liquids you drink and foods that you eat! You want to make sure that you’re properly hydrated. Check out the food and drinks that can dehydrate you as well as foods you can eat that will hydrate you.
There’s nothing worse than the gastric distress that can happen when traveling. Consider these tips to avoid GI problems on the road.
- Either bring water from home or purchase bottled water.
- Purchase sports drinks that you have used before and feel confident with.
- Eat at restaurants that have been recommended or that you know has a good reputation
- BEWARE OF BUFFETS! You never know how long the food may have been sitting out! (This is no time for food poisoning…) When choosing a cold food, scoop from the section that is closest to the ice. When choosing a hot food, look for the steamiest dish.
- If you are traveling to a different time zone, begin altering your eating schedule to fit the day you are competing, If the time zone is one hour different, begin two days in advance; two hours different, three days in advance, etc.
- If you are flying to your destination, because you lose more fluid at high altitudes always drink plenty of water before, during and after the flight.
We love traveling to new and different places to compete! We will love it even more if we arrive ready to compete!
Have fun! Be safe!
A special thank you to Susan Kundrat MS, RD, LD for giving me permission to use the information from her book “101 Sports Nutrition Tips“