Skiing and snowboarding up at Big White and Silver Star sure makes you hungry. Good food can be a part of the mountain experience. However, many people are unsure of how to eat when they are up at the hill. In this week’s column we will look at how proper snacking and nutrition can improve your performance and enjoyment this winter.
First of all, timing is important. It is much better to eat more frequent snacks throughout the day than two or three large meals. Eat a snack or small meal every two to three hours to ensure stable blood sugar levels. When blood sugar drops mistakes and injuries tend to happen due to fatigue.
Secondly, ensure your snacks and small meals contain a mixture of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. If you are going to have some sugar as a treat make sure you have some protein and healthy fat along with it. This will prevent blood sugar peaks and valleys and help your muscles make it through the day.
Thirdly, consume small to moderate sized portions. Large meals take longer to digest and often cause afternoon fatigue by forcing the body’s resources to your stomach and away from your muscles. Overeating may also make you less tolerant to the cold by decreasing peripheral circulation to your hands and feet.
As a naturopathic physician, I work with most of my patients to help them establish a nutritional plan that works best for their bodies. The better your nutrition, the better your performance and enjoyment will be on the slopes. If you are concerned that your nutrition is holding you back I encourage you to seek advice. For more information or to schedule a consultation, visit my website at www.drbrentbarlownd.com or call my office at 250-448-5610.