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Top 10 Ways to Defeat Decision Fatigue with Nutrition

At Stay Fueled, usually we’re giving you amazing advice on what’s the best source of calcium, easy ways to get your athlete involved in nutrition, or even how to become a top 1% athlete with nutrition.

But today, we’re giving you some practical advice on how to combat decision fatigue when it comes to nutrition.

As a parent of an athlete, you have to make 1000′s of decisions every day. And some of them can be intense!

So by the time we get to what our kids are going to be eating every day, some of our choices are hurt by decision fatigue…so let’s get into some ways to get practical about giving your young athletes the best nutrition possible!

Here are our top 10 ways to defeat decision fatigue:

10. When it comes to nutrition, make simple choices. Don’t get overly complicated….remember, there are 3 main sources of nutrients our young athletes need: Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Fats. Give this to them every meal.

9. Make your nutrition actions a habit. In our family, the first thing we do when we wake up is get breakfast going, make lunch and make sure snacks are packed. But this has to happen every day to make it a habit.

8. Have a “go to” breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks when you wake up late or you get home at a crazy hour after practice. Our go to breakfast is cheesy eggs and toast, lunch is a turkey sandwich with avocado, dinner is chicken tacos. We always have the ingredients to make these meals…they’re fast, easy, and delicious.

7. As an adult, your life is hard….give some of the nutrition decisions to your young athletes. Trust their instincts when it comes to planning meals (especially if they’ve attended a Stay Fueled Nutrition Clinic!).

6. Set a plan in place to have your young athlete make meals. If my son wakes up before we do, he makes his lunch…it’s his first task in the morning. Then he usually builds a rocket ship with legos…all before we get out of bed. Who has that kind of energy?

5. If you have time on Sunday, cook and freeze some of your meals…especially on the days where you’ll be the busiest.

4. PLAN ahead of time. If you can wake up in the morning and you already know what’s for breakfast, you don’t have to worry about making a decision…it’s already done.

3. Stick with your plan. It’s a decision you don’t have to make and life becomes much more easy.

2. If you’re not a planner (which is me!) get help with a plan. One of the reasons I created Stay Fueled was to make it easy for myself to have a plan in place. Stay Fueled isn’t about having the fanciest recipes, it’s about having practical, delicious nutrition that you can put in place right now, and start seeing a difference in your athlete today!

1. Give yourself a pat on the back for working hard. We all make mistakes, and we can’t dwell on the bad nutrition decisions we’ve made in the past.

Now’s the time to start giving your young athlete amazing nutrition. Get that plan in place, stick with the plan, and be proud of yourself for giving your child what they need to be the best!

And of course, Stay Fueled is here to help you in any way we can. If you’re a great planner, and you love to do that stuff, then get your next 60 days planned out. If you’re more like me, and have trouble (either because of time, or resources) getting your plan in place, then get started today with Stay Fueled…it’s easy, simple and a great way to see your family succeed with nutrition!

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  • Kathy

    My granddaughter, the gymnast, has food restrictions. She is gluten, dairy & egg free. How can I make sure she is getting the nutrition she needs?

    • Joshua Eldridge

      Kathy, great question! It’s definitely difficult when your granddaughter has restrictions, but you can definitely do it! You’re going to want to use products that are packed with great nutrients including carbs, proteins and fats.

      Some great examples for you would be hummus, pure oatmeal, quinoa, and corn tortillas (instead of flower). With all of these, you can mix them with great fruit and vegetables, and amazing protein from animal sources or nuts.

      Hope this helps!

  • Mandie

    Hello! My 12 year old daughter is a gymnast & trains 16 hours a week. She has a rare metabolic disorder called Phenylketonuria (PKU for short). Basically her body doesn’t break down the amino acid Phenylalanine which is found is most foods, with large does in higher protein foods. She has to eat a low protein diet & we are struggling to find what a good diet would be for her to keep her energy up and stay focused. Any experience on this?