Eating Out Advice For Triathletes

Eating out is an important aspect of social interaction for Ironman and Triathlon athletes. It can often be the best way of placating a partner who is geting fed up with all the many hours of training and the endless Tri-talk. However it helps to know which foods may affect your Ironman or Triathlon training and nutrition.

Beware that the foods may not be all you think they are.They may contain added flavorings, salt, sugar, water.

CHEESE - medium cheese has been sold as mature because of its sharp taste.

EGGS - scrambled egg can be powdered egg. It is cheaper no waste or worry about stock rotation. Powdered egg is natural but freshly made, but not from fresh ingredients.

FISH - claimed as freshly caught may be true, but it could have been frozen before reaching your table? Wild fish has often been incorrectly labeled when it was farmed fish.

FRESHLY MADE - can mean just that but then frozen. Many vegetables have their best nutritional value frozen soon after being picked.

FROZEN - food that has been partially cooked into ready meals is used in many of the popular well known restaurant chains?

HAM - can be put together ham pieces. Salt added and pumped with water added to supposedly add taste and weight.

HOME MADE - food could mean the type of preparation rather than the being freshly made on the premises.

ORGANIC - foods are charged at a premium when eating out but many stories of organic food claims have been investigated to be not true and using cheaper mass produced foods.

POTATOES - such as chips are often cooked from frozen to save time. Powdered potatoes can be made into chips or mash potato.

SCAMPI - this can be scampi pieces of fish compressed in a scampi shape and held together by additives then covered in breadcrumb.

WATER - advertised as natural mineral water is often spring or spa waters. These cheaper alternatives that have little or no regulation compared to natural mineral water that is highly regulated with nothing added or taken away, hence given their name “Natural”.

VEGETARIAN DIET - This diet can be great for Ironman and Triathon athletes who are not necessarily vegetarians. The goodness of the vegetables can add many nutrients that may be lacking, eating out can provide a useful opportunity for experimenting with this diet.

Variety is even more important for athletes so refraining from fish meat or poultry can result in being deficient. A vegetarian can still be healthy. To date we do not know of any vegetarians who could perform better or worse because they have changed to being a vegetarian. The better your health the greater you will be at sport.

By thinking, planning and having a good knowledge can be adequate for your needs, just like you plan training around a normal busy day. If Vegans improve their knowledge and listen to their bodies they can have enough protein that vegetarians have.

AMINO ACIDS - The human body can make 14 amino acids.The four essential amino acids EAA that cannot be made and must be obtained from food are isoleucine, Lysine tryptoplan and sulphur containing amino acids.

Vegetarians need to have foods that contain all four EAA all within 30 minutes to be able to absorb them.