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Weekly Nutrition Tip: The Loretta Lynn's Food Plan

May 9 2012

The Loretta Lynn's Food Plan
By: Debra Meszaros CSN
(540) 622?4989

There's no doubt in anyone's mind, if you are lucky enough to be one of the riders going to Loretta Lynn's, you better prepare for some of the hottest days you've ever raced in.

So you've come this far and now it's your chance to show the racing industry what you have to offer. Everyone wants to be one up on the competition and preparing yourself nutritionally should be part of your plan. What foods you pack in your cooler can give you an edge. So, lets prepare!

Digesting food takes a lot of your body's energy and the harder a food is to digest, the more the body heats up; keeping the body cool is a main objective. The plan is to consume foods that lower your core body temperature; light meals are the way to go. Seeds, nuts, and avocados have a lot of quality nutrition.

Some foods and spices like cayenne pepper, ginger, cinnamon, and apple cider vinegar have natural blood thinning properties and thinner blood moves more freely through the body with less effort, which is more cooling. Another side benefit may be their possible ability to reduce arm pump.

Fried foods are hard for the body to digest and should be avoided completely during Loretta Lynn week. Instead consume light proteins like fish instead of beef and add cold beans to salads. Other cooling foods are cucumbers, watermelon, lemons, grapefruits, oranges, apricots, peaches, plums, mangoes, papaya and figs.

Take the time to make homemade iced green tea, adding peppermint or another mint will have an excellent cooling effect. Make some fruit salads yourself to avoid the prepared ones you may purchase in the store since they usually contain too much added sugar. Freeze some grapes and pop them in your mouth, it's refreshing!!! Take a bunch of your favorite yogurts and freeze them for a healthy frozen treat. Make these "cooling" popsicles yourself: In a blender add two skinned peaches sliced, one cup greek yogurt, and half a cup of almond or coconut milk and blend, pour into a mold and freeze.

Plan on plenty of salads to go with your light meals, mix it up between different types of lettuce, vegetables, and olives, and if you're feeling exhausted, add some red bell peppers. Have a grill? Choose a bunch of different vegetables you can marinate and grill.

In between races, especially when time is a factor, there may be nothing better than a protein smoothie. Prepare your favorite protein powder with handfuls of frozen fruits and 1 cup of your favorite yogurt and blend like you normally do. This is a light, refreshing, nutritionally packed recovery and supportive drink that will hit your blood stream in 15 minutes without taking tons of energy to digest.

No doubt you'll need some beverages and I warn you to choose them carefully. Leave the soda at home, ditch the energy drinks, and bring on the water. Even choosing your water carefully can make a difference; the best balanced water I know of is Essentia brand water. It is clean, mineral balanced and ion separated for fast absorption of its hydrating and mineral properties. Sodium present in your water is extremely important at Loretta's, you'll be sweating a lot and loosing precious sodium in the blood. If you cannot find Essentia water the next best thing would be to prepare your own. You can purchase some powdered, flavored mineral products to add to your water like Oxylent and Emergen-C. Adding a pinch of sea salt to your water one hour before your race may also be beneficial in keeping you hydrated.

So take some time to gather your shopping list and put some thought into what you pack for your shinning moment at Loretta's. See you there!!!!

2012 Debra Meszaros All rights reserved; no duplication without permission
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