What to feed son before a meet?

What to feed son before a meet?

Post by Zoe Paddy Johnson CIRT CS » Thu, 18 Feb 1993 01:47:03


I need suggestions on what to feed my son (age 12) the night before
a meet and for breakfast the day of the meet.  He is a fussy eater
and we haven't found anything that works.  So far we have established
that not eating and eating taco bell breakfast burritos are bad choices.
I figured it might help to have some suggestions from some REAL swimmers,
not Mom, to give him.
ZoeJ
 
 
 

What to feed son before a meet?

Post by Stephan Wa » Mon, 22 Feb 1993 06:46:02


Quote:
>I need suggestions on what to feed my son (age 12) the night before
>a meet and for breakfast the day of the meet.  He is a fussy eater
>and we haven't found anything that works.  So far we have established
>that not eating and eating taco bell breakfast burritos are bad choices.
>I figured it might help to have some suggestions from some REAL swimmers,
>not Mom, to give him.
>ZoeJ

The classic is pasta the night before. For breakfast the day of the meet
however, I've seen people have anywhere from dougnuts to cerial to
juice and power bars (or should that be PowerBars?). The Idea behind
the pasta is that it is a complex carbohydrate (high energy) food
that digests well and won't feel like lead or make you sick the
next day. (Note: obviously the lighter -- i.e. usu. red --
sauces are better than the buttery -- i.e. alfredo -- ones).

Breakfast the next day gets more complicated. When I was young I
usually ate BIG breakfasts (eggs, sausage, toast, pancakes, water,
juice) since I figured that I wouldn't get to
eat again until prelims ended sometimes around 2pm. Prevailing wisdom
today says that it probably should have been lighter with fruit
snacks throughout. The point is that someone would be hard pressed
to show that I was hurt by the big meals as -- at that age -- big
meals were what I was USED to. I would guess that your son doesn't
regularly have Taco Bell before morning workout (maybe just in the
summer as it is) or school.

If your son usually likes cerial for breakfast, try cerial. If he loves
pancakes, have those ... you get the point. Just remember that the
heavier -- higher in fat content -- the food, the more likely
his stomach will be trying to digest it when he swims. Shoot for
skim milk instead of whole and always remember that even though
low fat meals may not last until the end of the meet, it is pretty
easy to pack some bagels or fruit for snacks later on.

Hope this helps!!

 
 
 

What to feed son before a meet?

Post by John Gr » Thu, 25 Feb 1993 02:35:24

I always found the best breakfast to be something easy to
digest like pancakes or waffles.  I also found that, for me,
more was better.  One thing to be sure of, though-- finish
eating at least 90 minutes before competition.  Some foods
you should probably avoid are bacon/sausage and eggs which
take longer to digest.  (Although I must admit that if I
had 2 hours until competition I would pig out on all that
bad stuff at the Shoney's breakfast buffet with no bad results).

Hope this helps.

John Graf
Rice Swimming Alum

 
 
 

What to feed son before a meet?

Post by Mark Matts » Thu, 25 Feb 1993 13:18:23

Quote:
>I need suggestions on what to feed my son (age 12) the night before
>a meet and for breakfast the day of the meet.  He is a fussy eater
>and we haven't found anything that works.  So far we have established
>that not eating and eating taco bell breakfast burritos are bad choices.
>I figured it might help to have some suggestions from some REAL swimmers,
>not Mom, to give him.
>ZoeJ

The usual recommendation is pasta the night before, even though it is
true that most of the caro-loading is done in the three days before the
meet.  A problem I have had is if I eat out the night before.
Restaurant food tends to be salty, and I have been as much as two pounds
heavier the next day from all the water I was drinking the night before.

For the morning of the meet, it depends on how soon after he eats that
he is expected to swim.  In "Eat to Win" the recommendation is that the
meal should be light (with mostly carbohydrates), but enough that you
won't be hungry.  At swim camp one of the coaches suggested no orange
juice or milk.  They have citric and lactic acids, both of which will
decrease muscle performance.  On the other hand, milk during training
days will help the body get used to removing excess lactic acid.

Mark Mattson                    Carnegie Mellon U.

 
 
 

What to feed son before a meet?

Post by Kevin Henders » Sun, 28 Feb 1993 13:31:32


Quote:
Mattson) writes:

> >I need suggestions on what to feed my son (age 12) the night before
> >a meet and for breakfast the day of the meet.  He is a fussy eater
> >and we haven't found anything that works.  So far we have established
> >that not eating and eating taco bell breakfast burritos are bad  
choices.
> >I figured it might help to have some suggestions from some REAL  
swimmers,
> >not Mom, to give him.
> >ZoeJ

Do not feed him any meat.  I believe that is not going to help him (if it  
doesn't eventuall kill him).

Whatever you do, combine your foods properly.  A well combined meal will  
leave the stomach faster and digest easier.  His body will expend less  
energy on digesting and more on swimming.

Some basic rules for food combining are:

Vegatables - with carbohydrates (starches)

        or

Vegatables - with proteins (legumes, tofu) [but remember to keep the  
protein intake low before the meet]

Do not mix protein with starch.  And if he happens to eat fruit, which I  
would suggest he eat for breakfast, it should be eaten on an empty  
stomach.

IMHO. Any questions e-mail

Kevin C. Henderson

or subscribe to rec.food.veg (look up the FAQL)

Stanford Men's Swimming: Number One Forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Go Card!!!!!

 
 
 

What to feed son before a meet?

Post by Ken Lehn » Wed, 03 Mar 1993 01:31:50


|>
|> Whatever you do, combine your foods properly.  A well combined meal will  
|> leave the stomach faster and digest easier.  His body will expend less  
|> energy on digesting and more on swimming.
|>
|> Some basic rules for food combining are:
|>
|> [food combining descriptions deleted]

This sounded like the food combining regimen of some book by "the
Diamonds" ("Fit or Fat"?).  For real fun, ask about food combining on
sci.med.nutrition, and duck.  The flames could fly.

As far as I can tell, there is no *scientific* basis for food combining.
This is from my observations on the net, mind you.