The Argus is coming up. What’s your recipe for energy?
What is a carbohydrate?
"Any of a group of organic compounds that
includes sugars, starches, cellulose and gums and serves as a major
energy source in the diet of animals". - American heritage medical
Simply, carbohydrates give you energy. They are stored in
the body as glycogen and humans are only able to store very little at a time.
So what do you do when you have a big race the next day? Eat as much pasta as you can shovel in the
night before? You could, but you’ll find yourself with a morning pot-belly and a
poo that will be pushing you up the first hill.
My opinion? Do some moderate carbo-loading in the last week,
provided you keep the fat content low and stay away from processed foods such
as white bread and buttery mash.
Try some of these quickie pastas or take a look at our pasta hub for some delicious inspiration. If you're going out, book now at any of these awesome Cape Town pizza/pasta restaurants.
During the event: alternate water and sports drinks for the replacement
of electrolytes and hydration and pop baby boiled potatoes for an instant and
healthier energy fix. Goos and
chocolate can make you feel nauseous.
What’s your carbo-load solution?
Caro de Waal