Imagine it is the day of the match and there you are all warmed up and ready. You bow onto the mat, wait for the referee, and then, once signaled, you start stalking your opponent. With your heart racing, and your adrenaline pumping, you realize that this moment is the culmination of all of your training. Now is not the best time to start thinking about what you had for breakfast, but now is when it will matter the most.
Food is an integral part of competition, and nothing matters more to your body than what you put into it. I don’t believe there are any magic foods or pills, but still there are some fundamental guidelines that you can follow that will help you be as successful as possible.
There is an entire industry of supplements, specialized food, and maybe some good old-fashioned quackery to boot, that you must wade through when you consider eating for competition. Start with the basics. My philosophy is that, like your training, you are a product of what you do the most. Like your training, there are some fundamentals that you must adhere to and the most basic one is drinking plenty of water.