It is very tempting to stop at a fast food place on the way to a show or buy your favorite sweet, venti, caramel latte in the morning. But we equestrians are athletes, and as such, we should fuel our bodies with the right food so we can perform our best. That does not mean you have to stick to a strict diet, that would be awful, but we need to make the right choices when it comes to food. The key to having good eating habits is achieving balance. Such as our horses get properly fed top quality food on a schedule during a show, you should do the same for yourself. Here are just a couple of simple tips on how to maintain good eating habits when your away at a show.
Swap Sweet with Protein
We all have our favorite candy bar we like to snack on when we get that sugar craving. And at horse shows, when you are constantly walking and riding, sweets sound pretty nice. But really think about what that sugary snack will do to you in the long run, will it benefit you? Why not trade it for a protein bar. However, do not just go for any protein bar because there are many that still contain a lot of sugar. Go for one that has simple ingredients with no added sugars.
Don’t Skip a Meal
Just because you are at a show does not mean that you should skip breakfast or any other meal in the day. Sadly, just having coffee in the morning does not count as a real breakfast. It is important as athletes to fuel our bodies every day and on consistent times. If you skip one meal in the day, you are most likely going to overeat your next meal. It is like they say, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”
Fruits are a Must Have
Fruits are a great replacement snack if you are craving something sweet and fresh, but don’t fill you up too much. They need no preparation and are ready to go just as they are. Just grab and go, super easy. Benefits of eating fruit include antioxidants, low in fat, and rich in fiber and potassium. Plus you can always split an apple with your horse.