Can you give me suggestions for a good pre-game meal?
The main idea of the pre-game meal is to prevent hunger without eating so much that it brings on cramping. This is really an individualized call of what your body can handle and what you feel is best to eat. Usually athletes take in lighter meals, not high fat, 1-2 hours before the game. If you are playing in all day competitions, these light meals will work best throughout the day. Things like cereal and milk, trail mix, turkey sandwich, salads, nuts, cheese and crackers, tuna salad, pasta salads, fruit and veggies, juices, and of course, plenty of water to drink.
Your true energy will come from your glycogen stores. These should be filled by eating healthy meals, higher in carbohydrates for several days before big event.
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