July 04, 2021
Returning to riding after injury, equestrian eventer Lisa Freckingham turned to Nourish Drinks to fuel her at work and when competing
‘I run my own full livery for competition horses, as well as coaching riders and competing myself. Riding takes up an awful lot of energy, especially when I’m taking out seven or eight horses a day, plus all the extras that go with the job – mucking out, turning in and out, tacking up, and more. A typical day would be to exercise all the horses, whether that’s hacking, schooling or taking them to a hired facility. Then the afternoon is full of lessons either in my own arena near Market Harborough, hired facilities or their own ménage!
‘When I’ve had a busy day and haven’t eaten, I definitely feel lethargic and struggle to maintain my energy levels. But with very early starts and not really stopping until the evening, I find it hard to fit in meals. I tend to just have a banana and cup of coffee for breakfast as that is quick and easy to digest. Lunch consists of a quick snack or nothing at all. My biggest meal is supper, as that is when I have the most time to cook a proper meal. I make sure I have a mixture of carbs and protein with some veg. And I always enjoy a pudding afterwards!
‘I started with Nourish Drinks when I came back from injury as I was struggling to maintain my energy for a full day’s work and realised I was eating sugary foods to try and keep me going. Now, a Nourish Drink has become my lunchtime meal. Or when I’m super-busy, I sometimes sip a carton throughout the day rather than all at once, as that helps me to keep my energy levels steady so I don’t start flagging. I ride seven days a week and have Nourish Drinks on four or five of those 7 days.
‘One surprising benefit since I started using Nourish Drinks is that my weight has stayed at a healthier level, as I’ve stopped reaching for sugary snacks or bingeing when getting in from a busy day.'
'I’ve also found Nourish Drinks very good for competition days, as food is the last thing I feel like having before an event but I burn an awful lot of energy and need the fuel to perform at my peak.
‘My favourite flavour has to be Raspberry, with Mango coming a very close second. And Jane, if you’re thinking of any new flavours, my vote would be for Banana. That would be delicious!’