what is the best bowling diet plan
As bowlers most of us have grown up with our main food groups being pizza, pretzels, donuts, candy,popcorn, soda and beer for the adults. Typical bowling alley food is what we are used to and tend to eat during leagues and practices. But if you decide you want to bowl for college or participate in more tournaments, you must be prepared for long bowling days and some new eating habits! Eating all these bad food are not good for me long term.
When I bowled in leagues or with friends and family, we always brought snacks with us because we knew we’d be bowling anywhere from 4-8 hours depending on the format and how fast people bowl. Other bowlers sometimes usually brought us all sorts of goodies-especially cookies, which we all of course loved and were grateful for. But as I became more interested in health and fitness and learned more about nutrition, I started to understand that may not be the best snack for me to keep my energy up. High hypoglycemic foods like cookies gave a quick spike in energy with an even quicker crash. I like cookies but not all the time.
This summer and winter during my bowling leagues past years, I learned how imperative it is to be prepared for those long days with some healthy snacks to keep my energy levels up high. Here are some tips I recommend to get you on the right track: Click Here for the complete system that I use
1. ALWAYS eat a healthy breakfast. So many people skip breakfast which is terrible thing for your metabolism as well as energy levels. When you sleep your body goes into what I call a “starvation mode” where it preserves your fats. It’s not until you wake up and get some carbohydrates in your body that metabolism kicks into full gear because your body understands it doesn’t need to conserve any more. So if you aren’t a breakfast eater- start with at least eating something small in the morning.
2. Choose low glycemic foods! Breakfast especially is usually consumed foods such as fruit and vegetables toast, cereals, muffins, pancakes, waffles, and yogurt. All of those breakfast foods are not only high in carbohydrates but usually high on the glycemic index which means it causes blood sugar levels to get really high, then drop really low. By choosing foods lower on the glycemic index your blood sugar levels are kept at a steadier level or pace for a longer duration rather than the highs and lows experienced with the high glycemic foods. Low glycemic foods include old fashioned oats (oatmeal without all the added sugars), greek yogurt, eggs, nuts and seeds, apples, Ezekiel bread, granola.
3. Include protein with every meal! The average person does not get enough protein in a day. Even when you think you eat a lot of protein I have found that most foods that are considered high protein foods really aren’t. For example almonds or greek yogurt have been known for high protein content but if you actually look at the grams in a serving you may be surprised. Usually those foods still have much higher carbohydrate content. I encourage you to have meat with every meal unless you are a vegetarian in which case you may want to consult a nutritionist and also have protein supplementation in your diet. I would eat more fruits and vegetables when you have the chance.
4. Bring snacks to tournaments and leagues. Have you ever gotten extremely hungry in the middle of a tournament and have no option but to order something at the snack bar? I have, and learned that lesson quick so now I always have snacks with me. It is difficult to eat and bowl so I personally prefer some healthy all-natural protein bars (check out GoMacro, Quest, Luna, Kind, Builders). Almonds and trail mixes are great options as well.
5. Stay hydrated! It is easy to forget to drink enough water when we are bowling. In addition, people looking for energy usually go for soda or sugary energy drinks to get them through the day. Try to avoid those as the sugar content is going to give you those quick surges of energy with a crash in energy before the day is over. Try to stick to water, teas, Gatorade 0 (less sugar). Be sure to drink with your non bowling hand, you don’t want to get your bowling hand wet.
6. Eat your greens and fruits. I know I probably sound like your mother now telling you to eat your vegetables. But if you can get a handful of dark greens in with your lunch you will reap the benefit of steady energy throughout the day. Not only that but green leafy vegetables are among the most nutrient dense foods available — high in calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and vitamins A, C, E and K. They are filled with fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other phytochemicals and micro nutrients. Those leafy greens provide you the benefit of live enzymes needed for improved digestion and nutrient absorption.
While the purpose of this blog post was to provide you healthy tips for eating on tournament days and leagues days, these are also tips I recommend for EVERY day. If you can turn these tips into habits you are on your way to a much healthier lifestyle and improved energy levels every time you step onto the lanes!