NSWIS athletes get a wide range of assistance and support about diet and nutrition to use food as their performance advantage and reach their goals.
Over time there has been some trends in questions which are common from athletes about their diet and what can help support training.
The specific needs of each individual athlete are always different depending on their goal and training loads but below are some explanations for some of the more common questions and scenarios athletes talk to the NSWIS Dietitian about.
What can I have that’s a better option if I want something sweet at night?
Getting the ‘picks’ generally happens at night after dinner when you are looking for something more… preferably sweet. Sweet cravings can also happen in the afternoon and are commonly seen in athletes that have an early training session.
Craving sweet food can be the body’s way of ensuring the food you eat will contain sugar and therefore essential carbohydrates to replace what you have used up in training.
Your body is trying to tell you something.
If this keeps happening, rather than trying to find an alternative sweet option find a longer term solution and go back to the cause.
Consider what you are eating earlier in the day (here are some meal ideas) and if it meets the requirements of your body as you may need more then so it doesn’t catch up with you later.
You may need to have more protein to recover directly after training, a more balanced breakfast or a higher protein option at morning tea. The more sugar you have the more you will want and the more you give into the sweet craving the worse it will get.
That’s not saying to never eat chocolate or sweets again but to eat it because you enjoy it, not to replace a genuine need fuel and nutrients for recovery.