What to eat to ski better

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 12, 2009 1:07 pm


So now that we know how to stay in shape to prepare for the ski season, what can we do to make the most out of each run-filled day out there? Well, the most important thing would be eating right. Yes, you have to replenish, so you should eat a lot, but that doesn’t mean extra marshmallows on your hot cocoa (OK, you can do that too). 

You’ll need to, obviously hydrate, hydrate, hydrate, but also you must replenish in many major departments: proteins, fats, and carbs. This will help rebuild muscle, increase stamina, keep you warm, and keep your energy up. Take it from Billington James on Ezine Articles:


“All your muscles get worked out during skiing. Proteins are required for muscle recovery. It is advisable to consume at least twice the amount of your daily protein requirement when skiing. Animal sources of protein are meat, fish, poultry, and dairy products while vegetable sources are carrots, corn, cucumbers, potatoes, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, cabbage, and soy.

A lot of fat is burnt when you spend ski weekends in cold weather. You have to increase your fat consumption to 100 to 140 grams. This will help you to sustain yourself and keep warm. Eat monounsaturated fats from olive and canola oils, olives, avocados, and most nuts, including almonds, filberts, peanuts, pecans, cashews, and pistachios and, Omega-3 fatty acids from high-fat fish like salmon, herring, and sardines, dark green leafy vegetables, flaxseeds and soybean oils.

Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for the body, and the only source of glucose, which is used to make fuel for the cells in the muscles, brain, and nervous system. You should consume at least 500 to 750 grams of carbohydrates on your ski weekends. Simple carbohydrates include fruit, syrup, white and brown sugar, honey, sports drinks, chocolate, candy, milk, and yogurt. Complex carbohydrates include potatoes, squash, grains such as oats, barley, corn, and rice, wheat and wheat products such as bread, pasta, and pancakes, breakfast cereals, fruits, and vegetables.”

And there’s your dietetic lesson for the day folks. Now, back to the marshmallows for me…