Ever wonder how much of the eating before a swim myth is true? Is it really that bad to eat before you go for a swim? What’s the worst that can happen, you end up like poor Uncle Ike from A Series of Unfortunate Events? He got eaten by leeches in the lake.

 

Well, it is in fact, a bad idea to swim with a full meal in your stomach. It’s best to wait 2 to 4 hours after you’ve eaten a big meal before you take a plunge into the backyard pool. Unless you want to get cramps that is.

 

But don’t you always get hungry after a swim? That’s a pretty awful feeling, especially when you’ve forgotten to bring anything to snack on!

 

There are a few light snacks that we’ve found to be both yummy and good for you! You can definitely eat these before a swim, and since they are small, you don’t have to worry about getting cramps while swimming:

 

  • Apple slices and peanut butter
  • Mini Pretzels (but don’t eat too many)
  • Apple juice
  • Banana
  • Low fat yogurt
  • Banana strawberry smoothie
  • Berries (blue berry, raspberry, strawberry)
  • Pear
For big meals, make sure you let your food digest before you go for vigorous splashing sessions in the pool. Usually it's recommended that you wait an hour for lighter meals and 2-4 if you've really packed it in during lunch. 

 

It’s also super important that you stay hydrated, not just during but before you go for a swim! So stock up on those Gatorades, Apple juices, Pomegranate juices, and water! But stay away from caffeine! No sodas before you swim!  

 

So when you pack your totes for heading to the beach this summer, remember to pack lots of water as well as to stay hydrated before, during and after swimming!