As athletes, we all have many common traits. We are passionate, driven and motivated. We strive to achieve our best, pushing our bodies to the limit. On our journey, we learn how to overcome physical and mental barriers in our way. Despite these commonalities, every athlete and sport possess unique elements, from physical demands on the body to equipment needed to perform. One thing that links all disciplines and athletes together is the need for good nutrition. Good nutrition starts with good food, something that is not thought about too carefully these days. It is the core of our performance and is the fine line between success and failure. As well as fuelling our bodies, good food can give us a psychological boost, the significant impact of taste, smell and texture can give us something to look forward to after a cold day on the trails and stimulate appetites if exhausted. From before exercise all the way through to during and after, the food you eat on everyday and around your sport with have a huge impact on your, mood, sleep patterns, well-being and performance. Your nutrition as athlete should be planned in as much detail as you plan your training. The power of good food should not be underestimated.
When it comes to refining your nutrition around your sport you have to tune into your own personal journey and no one else’s. You need to consider factors like volume of training, competition, environment and socials demands such as family and work. All these factors make your situation unique. The focus needs to be on what you eat everyday, not just in and around key events. As athletes, energy requirements are higher than sedentary people. Whether climbing a crag, biking 100km or trail running at altitude, your body requires extra to keep going. The focus is not only how many calories you consume but where those calories come from. Emphasising wholesome, nutrient dense foods such as wholegrain carbs, unsaturated fats such as olive oil and seeds and proteins such as fish, chicken, nuts or pulses will ensure you are well fuelled and recover fast from your sessions. Aim to de-emphasise empty calorie foods such as refined carbohydrates (white flour and sugar based foods), saturated and trans fats and ensure they only feature occasionally in your diet. If you plan in advance, rather than buying cheap, highly processed food, you can tailor snacks and meals to personal tastes and nutrition requirements, save money and have higher quality food.
The team at Mountain Nutrition bring the science and creativity of food together. We want to help you on your way to perfecting your fuelling strategies, giving you cooking inspiration in the kitchen and in the outdoors and help you reach your top potential in your sport.