Nine Weeks to Go - Nutrition
Nutrition Tips Series
Developed by Lisa Lovejoy, Sports & Wellness Dietitian
9 Weeks to Go!
As you start to count down to race day and begin training for the event, it is important to make sure eating habits support rather than hinder your training regimen.
With nine weeks to go, take a look at your current diet. Do you get a variety of nutrients from each of the 5 food groups: grains, fruits, vegetables, milk, meat and beans? A couple things to make sure of:
- You are eating foods from each of the food groups
- The majority of the foods you eat are healthier options within each of the food groups (ex: non-fat or low fat milk instead of 2% or whole milk, whole grains over refined, lean meats instead of higher fat cuts, fruits and vegetables without syrups, high fat sauces or salt)
To get an idea of how much food you need to eat from each of the food groups to meet your calorie and nutrient needs, click here: choosemyplate.gov.
Compare the recommendations given with what you typically eat. Are there groups that are missing? Are you eating more than you need?
With nine weeks to go, this is a great time to check in with your diet and make necessary changes that will allow you to perform at your best on race day and beyond.