Five Simple Ways to Tackle Your Off-Season Nutrition
Off-season nutrition can be a tough nut to crack—but it doesn’t have to be! Let our nutritionist Becca Blumberg walk you through it step by step.
Written by Becca Blumberg, edited by Pavlína Marek
The off-season is here and many athletes wonder how their day-to-day eating habits should change. There are many ways in which things may shift as you cut down the mileage. Athletes often find eating to become a chore during heavy training; now is the time to find joy in food again. Try some of the suggestions below to enliven that appetite!
1. Focus on quality
2. Tune into your hunger & fullness
During the season, you may have been ravenously hungry at times or forced yourself to eat, knowing you needed to fuel up for a workout. Now, it’s time to tune back in and focus on what your body is telling you. Aim to eat when you are pleasantly hungry, and go PAST neutral to pleasantly full when you stop. As a bonus, this will help you to be better tuned into your body’s needs during key workouts and races in your next training cycle.
3. Enjoy your favorites (or try something new)
It’s easy to forget this important step when you’re not outside, working hard in the summer heat. However, hydration is important year-round. Keep sipping on water and other calorie-free beverages all day long. Try hot herbal tea for a warmup on a cold winter day.
5. Normalize weight gain
The off-season is a great time to reconnect with food by trying old favorites as well as new things and backing off the pressure to eat to perform. Hopefully, this helps to keep you going until your next training block. If you have any questions or would like to connect, feel free to reach out to Becca at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.