3 Ingredients That Are Sabotaging Your Ski Season and What To Eat Instead

Ski season is right around the corner, and while there may not be snow on the ground yet, it’s the perfect time to start considering what you’re eating and how it will affect your ski game this year. We know that what we put into our body can either fuel us for longevity, strength and energy OR can sabotage our entire season by creating problems like joint pain, low energy and bad moods. 

 

Whether you’re considering a more nourishing diet pre-season or just want to clean things up when it comes to your actual ski days, we are here to help you.

 

Here are three ingredients to keep your eye out for:

 

1) HYDROGENATED (OR MAN-MADE) OILS 

Examples: Vegetable oils, safflower oil, sunflower oil, canola oil

Where it hides at the resort: Chips, protein bars, French fries, chicken tenders

Hydrogenated oils are unfamiliar to our bodies and they don’t know what to do with it when it’s consumed. When we eat these oils our body behaves as if it’s under attack, initiating the inflammation process. Repeated exposures to man-made fats creates ongoing inflammation, which leads to both physical and emotional problems. Chronic inflammation can lead to more serious health issues that can directly impact your ski season. Unpleasant symptoms, like joint pain or even emotional things like depression, conspire to keep you from your favorite run or keep you from getting motivated to get out there in the first place.

 

What would enhance my ski season?

Instead look for foods or cook foods that include natural fats that your body will recognize like olive oil, butter, coconut oil, lard, ghee, etc.

 

2) REFINED SUGAR

Examples: Sugar, fruit juices, enriched flour, corn syrup, dextrose, sucrose, maltodextrin, etc.

Where it hides at the resort: Candy bars, sport drinks, hot chocolate, alcohol 

Sugar isn’t always bad, but when you remove its natural packaging (think fruit or whole grain) it can become very harmful. Without this packaging, it spikes your blood sugar through the roof (you may feel hyper, in a good mood or may even have less pain) leading to a big crash shortly after. This creates low energy and bad moods. And we all know it requires a lot of energy to  dominate the bumps, and no one wants a Negative Nancy as their ski partner. 

 

What would enhance my ski season?

Look for foods with sugar in their natural packaging like fruit, dates, honey, molasses, etc.

 

3) ENRICHED FLOUR

Examples: Enriched flour, enriched wheat flour 

Where it hides at the resort: Burger buns, sandwiches, cookies, mac’ n cheese

Consuming this ingredient will do anything but “enrich” your ski season. During the processing of grain into flour, two of the three parts are removed, leaving only the part that spikes your blood sugar, leading to a crash a couple hours later, cravings for more food, and hunger that will take you off the slope quicker than a Euphoria beer on a bluebird spring skiing day.

 

What would enhance my ski season?

Look for whole grains and seeds like rice, quinoa, chia, flax seed, walnuts, almonds, etc. If you must have bread, try to find some made with stone-ground flour (this contains all three parts of the grain). 

 

Want some snack recipes that will keep you fueled and ensure non of these evil ingredients sneak in to sabotage      your ski day? Download our free recipe booklet here here.

 

Food isn’t the only way to prepare for or make the most of the season. We are hosting online and donation-based Ski Fitness classes on Tuesdays @ 9-9:50 AM. Sign up for a class here.