Our expert says:
I think that your daughter is eating so many sweets and drinking fizzy cold drinks, not only because children love sweet things, but because they are rich in available carbohydrates which she uses as a fuel for her exercise. The human body must have readily available carbs to fuel exercise and recovery esp when competing over 3 full days. I would suggest that your daughter should use energy drinks like Energade, Powerade, or EnerG before, during and after her bouts of intensive physical exercise (I hope she has experimented with these sports drinks so see which one agrees best with her). Make sure that she has plenty of carbohydrates (breakfast cereals or porridge, bread, rice, pasta, dried and fresh fruit and fruit juices, and jam or honey) to help her build up her glycogen stores before the event (carbo-loading) and after the event to replenish the depleted glycogen stores. To read more about diets for physically active individuals, click on 'Fitness' at the top of this page and then on 'Nutrition' and read the articles on 'Diets for Sportsmen and women', esp the ones on carbs and carbo-loading.
Good luck with the competition
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