Athletes in most sports have learned what to eat and not eat before competing in their sport.  The same is true in the sport of bowling.  I have always been told to not to eat a heavy meal before bowling.  This blog will discuss nutrition tips on what and when to eat before participating in a bowling competition.

An article in the US Bowler explains why eating foods loaded with fat before or during bowling is not wise.  These kinds of food slow down your digestive system and put extra stress on your body.  Drinking energy drinks before or during bowling will give you an immediate burst of energy, because they usually contain high sugar or caffeine, but then you will have a letdown when the ingredients have worked through your system.  This quick fix strategy will not be helpful in a long tournament competition.

The article suggested that you should first identify what times and the duration you will be competing.  Second, plan how you will eat beforehand and try not to eat during the games.

Pasta and other foods with complex carbohydrates are valuable before competition because the carbohydrates are stored in the muscles as glycogen and then later used for energy.  Each person will react differently so it is important to experiment with a variety of foods.

Some sample menus based on when you eat before competition:

>1 hour or less before competition

– Eat fruits such as apples, watermelon, oranges, etc.

– Drink fruit or vegetable juice

– Small bottle of a sport drink

>2 to 3 hours  before competition

Fruit, fruit juice, and/or vegetable juice

Bread, bagels

-Sports drink

>3 to 4 hours before competition

-Fruit, fruit juice, and/or vegetable juice


-Baked potatoes



There have been times that I have eaten a larger meal than usual before bowling and the above results have been true.  I felt great but before long I would feel tired and my bowling suffered!  Think before you bowl, do I want that great looking food or possibly have a poor bowling series.