You’ve probably heard that eating simple carbohydrates—like those found in refined-flour processed foods and high sugar sports drinks—aren’t that great for you. It goes beyond just being empty calories when your golf game is involved. In the simplest terms, eating these types of foods increases the neurotransmitter serotonin in the body. Serotonin reduces muscle function and alertness while increasing the feelings of lethargy and relaxation. It produces that sugar crash we all want to avoid, especially while we’re playing.
On the other hand, the neurotransmitter dopamine improves cognition, memory, mood, and attention. After eating a meal of higher quality protein and fat and lower carbs, the dopamine level increases in the body.
Eat quality protein (like nuts, eggs, or chicken), heart-healthy fats (like walnuts and avocados), and complex carbs (like fruit, veggies, or beans) before you play, so your body and your head can stay in the game. The message here is to keep your snacking complex, not simple. Improving your diet can improve your game.