Want to know 3 simple ways to improve your performance on the golf course?
- Eat a healthy breakfast.
- Eat a health lunch at the turn.
- Drink water & eat fruit while you are out on the course.
The brain & the body are immediately affected by what we eat & drink. Anyone who has ever had a cup of coffee knows the quick effect of caffeine. One beer can have a similar immediate effect.
If you don’t eat breakfast, you are essentially fasting from dinner the night before until lunch or dinner today. The first organ to suffer from temporary malnutrition is the brain. We all know that golf is a mental game, not just physical.
Golf day nutrition
- Avoid refined sugar, artificial color & flavors, & preservatives
- Select complex carbohydrates, found mostly in grains (whole grain breads, pasta, & rice), potatoes, & carrots.
Complex carbohydrates represent a slow-release source of energy. Most experts agree that a diet rich in complex carbohydrates is the best for performance in sports. A study of cyclists proved that as they increased complex carbs in their diet, it took them longer to become fatigued.
One of my favorite grab & go breakfasts is these simple homemade oatmeal cookies. The recipe originated with the Pritikin Center, a heart healthy diet/lifestyle. We modified it a tiny bit.
4 egg whites, whipped
2 tablespoons xylitol (a natural sweetener derived from corn, it can be purchased at Whole Foods or on-line)
- ½ cup raisins
- 4 cups oatmeal
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup applesauce
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix ingredients until uniformly moist. Drop dough by the tablespoonful on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool and serve.
 Alexander Schauss, Barbara Friedlander Meyer, and Arnold Meyer, Eating for A’s, (New York: Pocket Books: a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.) pg. 18.
 Ibid p. 225
 ibid pg. 225
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