Los Angeles, CA – 2/10/2014—
One of the most importantcomponents of an Olympians training program is adherence to a well-balanced,nutritionally sound diet. It fuels bothperformance and recovery during grueling training sessions, and gives them anedge during competitions.
The sports nutritionprofessionals who are working with the 2014 Winter Olympic athletes strive tomake sure that while they are allowed some indulgences; their diets consist ofwhole, unprocessed foods to keep them in peak condition during the course ofthe games and their competitive times.
Experts recommend those trainingfor competitive sports or looking to enhance performance select foods from allof the food pyramid. High protein sourcesinclude lean beef and poultry products, eggs, sea foot, and low fat dairyitems. Carbohydrates such as oatmeal,whole-grain pasta, rice, and potatoes help provide sustainable energy for longtraining sessions and are important before the athlete hits the main stage fortheir competition.
In addition to these items,plenty of fruits and vegetables – particularly bananas for their high potassiumcontent – are included in every meal the athletes are served. And the most interesting thing that athletes aregiven to drink is chocolate milk.
Why chocolate milk? It’s an easily digested drink with extrapotassium, and the balanced combination of carbs and protein can help quicklyreplenish the body’s resources to aid in muscle repair.
What we can gleam and take awayfrom knowing the eating habits of the Olympic team is the importance nutritionplays in overall physical performance. Without proper fuel, a car cannot run at peak functionality; the same istrue of the body. Keeping awell-balanced diet, with a few indulgences every now and then, is key toperforming well during any physical activity.
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