Our expert says:
Goodness, with your schedule I am amazed that you don't pass out with exhaustion! You need to eat plenty of carbohydrates (a mixture of low-GI and high-GI carbs) all day long to boost your energy levels and to ensure that your glycogen stores in the liver and muscles are replenished after you have completed your exercise. Because you are also a vegetarian, I would recommend that you consult a registered dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area). The dietitian will have to assess your present dietary intake and your energy output, to see if you are eating sufficient carbs to provide you with enough fuel and to also check on other nutrients such as iron and vit B12 (despite the multivitamin). I don't know where you are studying, but if you are at one of the major universities, find out if they have a Sports Institute and make an appointment to discuss your diet with their sports dietitian. I know that Potchefstroom, Tukkies and UCT have such services available.
Get some professional help, otherwise you will not be able to give your best to your studies or your swimming.
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