4 Nutrition Tips for Triathlon Beginners

There is lots of information out there if you are just beginning your training but here are 4 nutritional tips that I believe are essential when you’re FIRST starting out.  Trust me when I say there is no reason to make things complicated!


1.     Eat Carbs Every Day With Almost Every Meal.  Eating carbohydrates provide you with a guarantee that you are providing yourself with a wide range of antioxidants and nutrients to reduce the oxidative damage and inflammation caused by your training.  Remember, carbs include fruits and vegetables too - this is not a free pass to eat unlimited pasta!  It will also prevent you from waking up about 2am (seems to be the magic time) looking for food.

2.     Eat Your 5 A Day.  We all know the benefits of eating fruit and vegetables but sometimes you don’t eat as many as you should.  Make sure that you are getting your 5 a day to optimize your weight and nutrient intake.

3.     Healthy Snacks.  Planning ahead is key to sticking to your plan.  Pack yourself a couple of healthy snacks to take with you to work or when you’re on the go.  Not only will it save you lots of money but it will also keep you from making the wrong choices when the hunger pangs start.  Hangry anyone?

4.     Log Your Food Intake.  I’m sure you’ve heard this many times but, when you write down what you are actually consuming daily, you can see any bad habits and also check whether you are getting the right amount and variety of nutrients for your training schedule.

Message me at kara@triformations.com if you should have any other questions about your nutrition!  We can work together to get you on the right track!

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