Why Should You Consider A Whole Food Diet For Surfing
Okay, so you’ve been exercising your heart out and you still feel low in energy, stressed, and you’re not losing the weight as fast as you want or performing as good as you want. That could simply mean you are not following a whole food diet for surfing. While there are many causes this may be happening, the most possible reason is that your diet needs a little modification. Over the past few years, whole foods diets have become increasingly popular. And we’re not talking about the supermarket (which is amazing by the way); we’re talking about EATING whole foods!
When you are surfing or working out for surfing, you are burning a lot of calories. So if you are not eating the way you should, your body will be tired very fast and you will not want to surf anymore or workout due to fatigue. The physical exercise part is not what needs to be changed at this point. You just have to adjust a couple of things in your diet that will give you more energy and power to surf more, workout more and surf some more after that. Like we say as surfers, we surf, eat, sleep, and repeat! Following a whole food diet for surfing can definitely help with that.
A whole foods diet will change your energy and make you feel amazing! When eating whole foods, you are eating fruits, vegetables, or meat the way it was created without any adjustments to make it taste better.
What Is A Whole Food Diet For Surfing?
Whole foods are foods that have not been processed or have been slightly processed. An apple is a whole food. A chicken thigh is a whole food. A frozen dinner, a box of cereal or a soda are not whole foods. Some people offer the advice that it’s probably a whole food if your great-grandmother grew up eating it. Chances are your great-grandmother didn’t eat instant oatmeal, hot pockets, or if she did she was making them from scratch! Whole foods are the best kind of food you can buy since it was not processed or changed to taste better with added salt, sugars and other things. It is just natural the way it was created.
Whole Food Breakfast Sample For Surfers
- Hardboiled egg, avocado, tomatoes
- Sweet potato hash, egg over easy, apple slices
- Pineapple, orange juice, coconut milk, protein powder smoothie
Whole Food Lunch Sample For Surfers
- Side salad with green leaves, cucumbers, and eggs
- Chicken with some fresh vegetables and if you want a little tiny portion of rice (no bigger than your palm)
- If you have a sweet tooth like I do; an apple, banana, watermelon or any fruit will be great
Surfers list of whole foods snacks to pick from
- Greek yogurt
- Almonds (no more than 5 a day)
You’ll notice that processed foods are mainly absent. Now, the protein powder is a processed item; however, you can buy organic whey protein that comes from grass-fed cows. Drinking an organic protein powder will be so much better than any other proteins. But remember to only drink one protein shake a day so that you are not replacing meals all the time.
Sugars Slow Your Surfing
When you eat food that originates from nature rather than a factory, you’re eating neatly and healthy. You’re not receiving the added salts, flavourings, preservatives, dyes, and sugar that are found in processed food. The processed food have added sugar, colouring, dyes, salt, flavourings, preservative and more just for it to taste better and for all of us to want it more. But even though it says its healthy on it, it is not at all. It might taste amazing but it is definitely not good for your body. Did you know that the average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar a day? You might not believe you’re in that average category but think about it.
A simple tablespoon of ketchup has a teaspoon of sugar. The French fries that you eat with the ketchup also has about a teaspoon of sugar. And if you get a drink at Starbucks, a simple latte (without any added sugar or flavouring) has 17 grams of sugar. That’s more than four teaspoons! The point is that it adds up and you may be closer to the 22 teaspoons of sugar than you think.
Sugar causes systemic inflammation. It triggers your blood sugar levels to rise and it causes hormone levels to become imbalanced. Too much sugar can trigger everything from diabetes to cancer. It can lead to heart disease, depression, and so much more. Who wants all of that? No one! It makes you feel tired, grumpy, and at risk for obesity. That is not fun! I love sweets sooo much and this makes me realize how much I eat and should stop eating sweets. Start slowly by cutting sugar and then you can go more in depths into other ingredients that you can stop eating as well.
When you go on a whole foods diet you involuntarily reduce your sugar intake. In fact, if you stick to it, you’ll only eat natural sugars like those found in apples, bananas, strawberries or any fruits. Any type of berries is the best fruit you can ever eat; it helps you lose fat and have more energy overall just by itself. Berries such as blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and all the other ones that end with berries. Your taste buds will change so that you don’t crave the sugars. You’ll also remove the trans fats and chemicals found in processed foods.
Change Your Diet For Better Surfing
Try a whole foods diet for a month and watch how your energy levels and health change. You will feel so much more energetic, won’t need to take a nap, and that will make you have more time for surfing and working out for surfing. You may never go back to eating processed foods. That’s the whole goal of it all!
Trying this diet for a month will get your body used to it and most likely make you not want to go back because you will feel so much better. It feels so good to feel more energetic, lighter and healthier. You will 100% feel it.
You are probably wondering why trying it for a month and not a week or two. Well, there is a simple answer to this. In order for humans to get into a habit of some sort such as changing their diet, working out 3 times a week, reading a book, or anything that needs to become a habit; we need to do it for at least a month for our body to get used to it and adjust to the changes. So stick to it for at least a month and your body will start to get used to it slowly but surely, for the better. It is all about the way you eat and the portion sizes that you consume as well.
We have a very specific whole foods diet. We eat every 2-3 hours (yes that seems like a lot but it is not), we eat very small portion meals. There are always more protein and vegetables than there are carbohydrates. By eating small portions more frequently than 3 meals a day. Your body’s metabolism will build up and accelerate. This will help you lose weight and stay lean at all times. Try that and you will love it because you won’t need snacks in between meals and won’t be starving by the next time you need to eat.
One of my favorite meal to eat for breakfast or afternoon snack is an Açaï bowl. We went around town and videotaped our local food truck on how he does his bowls and here it is for you guys!
Now let’s get started on this new whole foods diet and you have to let me know in the comments below how changing your diet to whole food for surfing has changed your life and your family’s too. How you feel and if you would ever go back?