Simple’er Tips for Sports Nutrition While Traveling

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1) Navigate restaurants.

Dont sweat the small stuff–butter, marinade, salt, etc. They may not help you lose weight but they won’t usually put weight on you, AND they can add to the satiety of the meal making you feel fuller for longer. Make sure you don’t over indulge though. Athletes like to celebrate and so do their families. Traveling is usually associated with splurging on desserts which pack on the extra calories and sugar. Athletes travel to compete not to eat it will help with sports nutrition.


It’s inevitable when traveling that you will end up at a restaurant and probably in a fast food line, which isn’t ideal for sports nutrition, but don’t throw out the basics of healthy eating. You can still salvage a nutritional meal that could help your performance. Choose healthy options when possible.

3) Don’t be afraid to use convenience options.

It’s not always easy just eat real food on the road, so don’t let perfect be the enemy of good. Allow yourself to use bars, shakes, jerky, etc as snacks. Parents should bring heathy protein powder for young ahletes, bars like Lara Bars, and fruit. Bringing these items will help your athlete stick to their plan, and help them sustain enough energy to compete at a high level.

4) Stay hydrated.

Is this not the HARDEST thing to do when traveling?? And yet, staying hydrated is key when traveling. Flights, later nights, saltier meals, etc, all add up to us easily becoming dehydrated.  Order wine at dinner, not fruity smoothies!


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Sports nutrition for athletes who travel

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A little more about Natasha Hawkins...

Experience: Division 1 Fastpitch Softball player at San Jose State. Degree: B.S in Marketing and Advertising Certifications: Certified Level 1 CrossFit Trainer Interests: She loves the way the brain works and how personalities and attitude can create a warrior of an athlete that will always persevere and make success for themselves. While she is not a certified nutritionist she studies and practices the Paleo diet and Zone eating. Quirk: I am an avid archer and hunter. Yup, it's true. I have shot archery since I could walk, and hunted with my Dad since I was born. I also have a sister (Cheridan Hawkins) who is a stud pitcher for the Oregon Ducks Softball Team and is on the Junior Olympic Team. My youngest sister Charli Hawkins trains with me at CrossFit and is also a catcher on the 12U California Grapettes. Follow Natasha on Twitter: @NatashaBHawkins