The Food Olympians Avoid - Maybe You Should Too!
By Sara Butler
The Summer Olympics in Rio are underway. You can tune in to see some highly-tuned and toned individuals at the peak of their performance battle it out for the gold. As hard as these athletes work, do you ever wonder what it is they eat? After all, Olympic swimmers are said to eat upwards of 10,000 calories a day when training. But what about the foods these athletes won’t eat? They don’t get in the best shape of their life by swinging through the McDonald’s drive-through every day (even though the Golden Arches is a proud sponsor). Here are some of the foods that Olympic athletes won’t touch with a 10-foot pole!
High Sugar, Processed Foods
Highly refined foods are not good fuel for the body. If you find yourself eating a lot of highly processed foods that are packed with sugar, then you will feel less energetic and probably a little grumpy too. They may also cause you to sleep poorly at night, so their bodies can’t recover from the day and maintain a good energy level. No wonder Olympians stay far away!
Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, and because of that, you should not start off your day with a bunch of empty calories. You should go for protein instead, even if it’s in the form of a smoothie with some fresh fruit, flax seed and some greens such as kale or spinach.
If you’re trying to do your best at something, too much salt can be a real downer and make you feel sluggish. In the long term, too much salt is bad for your blood pressure, your kidneys and your heart – so be aware of how much salt you’re having a day!
Sweets and Desserts
Desserts and sweets do taste good, but if you’re looking for something to sustain you throughout the day and keep you from being hungry all the time, they will not do the trick. These foods should only be something you have every once in a while. If you’re craving something sweet, go for a piece of fresh fruit instead!
Alcohol is, at the end of the day, just a bunch of empty calories. It has no nutritional value if you’re looking to be healthy and fuel your body, plus it will dehydrate you pretty fast. If you’re athletic at all, being dehydrated is not going to help you perform at your best!
You may not be training for the Olympics, but it's definitely food for thought to understand what those who perform at their very best avoid!