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5 guidelines to feed yourself if you eat out the days before the competition

Tips to keep your food when you travel to a competition

Sandra Sardina,specialist in sport Nutrition and collaborator of Triathlon News tells us what guidelines we have to follow when we move to a competition.

If you have to travel far from your home to participate in a competition, it is important that you have control over the logistics around your food (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Here I propose 5 tips that can help you.

Find an Apartahotel

Try to look for an Apartahotel in the same place or close to where the race takes place, they have the advantage of having a fridge, stove, kitchen utensils (glasses, plates, pots, cutlery). For me, it's the best option that exists since you only have to go to supermarket closest or bring the food from home and cook it. SUPERPRACTIC!

Free buffet

If it is not viable and you have to stay in a hotel, in this case try to make it free buffet*so you can make menus that adapt to your needs;

* Breakfasts:

  • White or whole wheat toast
  • Corn or muesli cereals ... Maria cookies
  • Jams, quince, honey, cocoa butter
  • Low-fat or semi-soft cheese, ham, omelet
  • Nuts
  • Yoghurt
  • Fruit, juices
  • Tea or coffee
  • Water

*Meals and dinners:

  • Varied salads
  • Boiled vegetables
  • Pasta, rice, potato, legume (cold or hot)
  • Meat, fish, eggs (boiled, iron, oven ...)
  • Yoghurts, fruit
  • White or whole grain bread
  • Olive oil

Speak with the Hotel for a special menu

Another option may be to try to talk to hotel managers to reach an agreement and agree on a menu that seems appropriate to you Important to choose simple cooking (oven, boiled, steam, griddle, sautéed), avoiding over-seasoned cooking (stews, fried, tempura, sauces, spicy, raw foods ..).

If you are sweet also avoids desserts with a very high fat content (tiramisu, chocolate and cream ice cream, pastry creams), better a simple ice cream, yogurt or fruit.

Take a tupper

A third option can be bring the previously cooked food from home, in a thermal tupper, or in a refrigerator (this option is only useful for a day away from home) ... Of course, try to make cold preparations and keep the temperature of the food adequate at all times, as they could break down and give you some problem of food poisoning and hassle the race.

Do not eat a lot of fiber the day before

The day before the competition is always recommended reduce or eliminate the intake of waste, dietary fiber, since it can cause gastric problems in the race, and it is not too much to prevent them. So, we will avoid vegetables, salads, fruits, legumes, whole versions. We will also avoid the cooking that needs fats and sauces, spicy foods and raw meats and fish.

Example day previous competition

Breakfast:

  • Pasta or cooked white rice with plenty of water and salt.
  • White bread or cereals No. wholemeal with quince or oil and salt
  • Omelet of egg whites or egg whites or low fat cold cuts
  • Fruit juice

Food and dinner

  • Pasta or rice or potato
  • Fish or meat low in fat or fish
  • Yogurt or cottage cheese with honey or rice pudding or flan
  • Pan
  • Water

Sandra Sardina

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