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!!
Hope this helps.
Rice Swimming Alum
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.
> >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
> >I figured it might help to have some suggestions from some REAL
> >not Mom, to give 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)
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
IMHO. Any questions e-mail
Kevin C. Henderson
or subscribe to rec.food.veg (look up the FAQL)
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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.
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