Nutrition for pre & post football (soccer) training/matches

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 18, 2010 at 1:26 PM

I'm not sure what to eat and drink pre and post football (soccer). Usually I play quite intense 1 hour indoor 5-7 a side matches but occasionally will have longer training sessions/matches. Any suggestions?

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on August 18, 2010
at 03:31 PM

Most people probably suggest a portion of potatoes or sweet potatoes mixed with fat and protein. Some athletes find they need a bit more carbs to promote fast glycogen creation before and/or after intense glycogen burning athletics. Others find they do fine on their normal paleo consumption. YOu will need to exeriment but if you are abnormally tired or recovery is abnormally low, the probably means you need to boost carbs for the day that you are working out. Coconut milk or coconut water is another favorite because of its electrolytes and it's very portable. Smoothies with coconut milk are also quite delicious!

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on August 19, 2010
at 12:45 PM

When I played in HS it didn't take long to notice that I didn't perform well if I had anything at all to eat less than 3 hours before practice/games. 3.5 to 4 hours was better still. And that was looooong before I took up paleo.

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