Remember back to your preliminary days in sport. For the skaters out there, you spent your time practicing stroking, edges, simple turns and one-foot glides. Thinking about it, practicing those basic skills never goes away, does it?
If you're an athlete, I think you'll agree when I say building a strong foundation is KEY in mastering more advanced elements. No matter the discipline, everything we do builds from our basic fundamentals.
The same goes for nutrition! Without a solid nutritional foundation, the significance of all other fueling strategies and techniques fall to the way side... making it difficult to fine-tune and excel both in health and sport. Take a look at the Three E's I recommend focusing on first:
1. Eat Variety: incorporating a wide variety of foods into our daily nutrition is like life insurance - ensuring we meet our daily nutrient needs.
2. Eat Often: often enough, especially in the hustle and bustle of school/work to skating/sport to extracurricular activities... fueling can be tough. Developing a fueling plan (it may even include those healthful convenient snack items; i.e. granola bars, yogurt tubes, trail-mix, PB&Js) ensures we are fueling our body throughout the course of the day while preparing it for the next bout of activity.
3. Eat Enough: too often enough, physical hunger can be overlooked. If your stomach is getting a little growly and antsy or if you can't stop thinking about food, it's time to eat! Fuel your body to move your body. Fuel your body for success, both on and off the performance stage. You and your body deserve nourishment, always!
Upon mastering the basics (making healthful fueling habitual) you will be able to take on anything your sport may throw at you! Are you ready to reach your next PR? ;)