Tactics For Performance Nutrition in the Field
Try to eat at least three times a day. Your energy stores run down after several hours. Restore them with food regularly. Stopping to eat also restores morale.
Before activity, build up your glycogen stores - try to eat a meal or substantial snack 2-4 hours before heavy physical work or exercise. If you can't, eat a light high-carbohydrate snack or drink a sugar-sweetened (not artificially sweetened) beverage up to one hour before physical activity.
During activity, to maintain your glycogen stores - drink a sugar-sweetened beverage base mix from your rations or eat crackers, a cookie or granola bar.
After heavy work or exercise, to replenish your glycogen stores - eat a high-carbohydrate meal or snack (50-100 grams carbohydrate) within 30 minutes to two hours.
Snack when you can - take high-carbohydrate pogey bait or save unopened snack items from rations to eat on the run.
Eat some of everything served by field kitchens or in the ration to get all of the nutrients. A balance of nutrients is necessary for top performance.
Eat whenever you have the chance, even when you don't feel like it. Think of nutrition as a combat multiplier. Just as your weapons need ammunition and your vehicles need fuel to complete the mission, you need food to perform your best in the field.
Go to the field prepared maintain a performance diet in garrison. A regular high carbohydrate, low-fat diet with adequate protein, vitamins and minerals will build up your nutritional fitness before you go into the field. (see "nutrient functions & sources" chart on following pages.)
Drink frequently, even when you're not thirsty.
Go To The Field Prepared
Maintian a performance diet in garrison. A regular high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet with adequate protein, vitamins and minerals will build up your nutritional fitness before you go into the field.
Food Safety In The Field
Eating and drinking contaminated food and drink can seriously hurt your performance. In hot climates, bacteria and other organisms breed quickly and can get into food and water that is handled improperly.
That bacteria can cause diarrhea and other stomach and intestinal illnesses. Diarrhea and vomiting can cause serious, even life threatening dehydration.
To prevent food and drink contamination in the field: