I'm an 18 year old high school senior who is gearing up for spring track. I'm about to begin training, but I've got some questions about my diet.
First off, how am I supposed to get all the right nutrients during the school day? I've got breakfast at 6:30 am, lunch at 10:30, and then I don't eat again until I get home from practice til around 5:30! I know I could snack on a protein bar or something, but at at least two bars per day, that'd be pretty expensive, no? Bars come in boxes of twelve usually, at around $20 per box. Does anyone have any insight as to how I can get the nutrients I need throughout this day? I know I need 5 or 6 small meals for optimal metabolic function, which leads me to my next question.
Since I get home at 5:30 or so, I've got about 5-6 hours to take my post workout stuff. My mom makes some great meals, but doesn't always provide me with the protein I need. I end up supplementing most of my protein. I eat whole grains, and as much fruit as possible, whenever it's available in my house. Any suggestions as to how to break up my meals so that I've got an empty stomach by bed time to take ZMA?? And my last question...
I read the ZMA threads about the competitive inhibition of calcium. I've been taking the GNC brand multi-vitamin, and I feel great. I make it through the school day and practice even on the days that I don't get enough sleep the night before. Would it be OK for me to just take one of these vitamins in the morning, as opposed to the recommended two per day (the second coming at dinner time), and then taking the ZMA at night time? Also, I am doubtful of this, but are there any multi-vitamins out there without calcium?
Thanks for any help that anyone can provide to me.