As tradition dictates, the previous winner of The Masters hosts the dinner kicking off the event the following year. This year, Jordan Spieth set the table with some delicious barbecue in homage to his home state of Texas. The event got us thinking: what should golfers eat to improve performance? Are there certain foods a golfer should eat before or after playing a round of golf? Before hitting the gym?

These are all important questions to ask. More and more research has gone into the science of nutrition and the importance of eating the right foods. Eating the right food can enhance a workout or sabotage your fitness efforts. If you don’t properly nourish your body, you will either fail to provide the energy you need for a workout or you won’t adequately replenish the nutrients your body needs to recover.

For the average golfer, eating the right foods doesn’t have to be difficult. There are four things to keep in mind when finding the right foods to eat before or after a workout or a round of golf. First of all, we would recommend nutrient-dense foods. When you eat nutrient-dense foods, you naturally reduce the total number of calories you eat due to cutting out processed foods and substituting them for nutrient-rich choices. This change alone will help you in many ways, even outside of the gym and golf course. Research has shown that eating nutrient-rich foods may help you live longer, stave off disease, and even increase mental faculties.

Next, we suggest you focus on your blood sugar levels. Grains, breads, starches and sugars temporarily yet quickly elevate your blood sugar levels; however, with this sudden increase comes a serious crash. You might have felt this before. By avoiding these foods, you will be able to maintain a much healthier blood sugar level to keep you energized without the crashes.

Our third piece of advice might be one you’ve heard before: check out high-antioxidant superfoods. Antioxidants are an essential part of your body, as they help keep you generally healthy. As one of the first lines of defense for your body, antioxidants can help your body recover, fight off disease, and stay healthier as you get older. A few examples of common superfoods include blueberries, dark-colored grapes, certain nuts, dark green veggies and plenty more.

Finally, add healthy fats to your diets. Essential fats like omega-3 fatty acids improve your immune system, cardiovascular system, your brain functions, nervous system, and even your energy levels. The best omega-3 fatty acids come from cold water fish and fish oil. Cold water fish include salmon, mackerel, anchovies, sardines, and herring. You can also get good omega-3s from coconuts, almonds, olives, avocados and other produce.

If you’re struggling with nutrition, we can help. Dr. Alicia Galvin-Smith works with our clients to help them understand nutrition. On top of offering various testing, Dr. Galvin-Smith also offers weight management, athletic nutrition, and LEAP therapy services. LEAP therapy explores your specific diet to determine what might be causing inflammation. After the analysis, Dr. Galvin-Smith will suggest recipes to alleviate dietary problems, going as far to create individualized grocery lists.

If you’re ready to get started with our nutrition services, contact us today and get started.