Maintaining a routine with your diet is important whilst staying at home, especially when you’re within walking distance of the fridge and the opportunities to snack are more frequent than ever. The upside, however, is we have more time to prepare healthy, wholesome and nutrient-rich food.
Southern Cross University nutrition expert Holly Muggleston advises we focus on three areas to keep on track: carbohydrate intake, protein for muscle development and hydration.
Holly says, “if you’re opting for longer and more intense runs right now, you will require more carbohydrate–rich foods including wholegrains such as bread, cereal, rice and pasta; starchy vegetables such as potatoes, sweet potatoes and legumes; fruit; and dairy foods.”
Protein-containing foods are required to repair any muscle damage and to build muscle after training. Protein foods include meat, chicken, fish, eggs, dairy, legumes (tofu, lentils, chickpeas) and nuts.
Lastly, as the weather cools down in the southern hemisphere, make sure you are drinking adequate fluids to avoid dehydration. If you’re replacing fluid with water, eat a snack or meal at the same time as this will also provide lost electrolytes.