Surfers Nutrition- what it all means
This road of surfers nutrition in the fitness industry is full of misconceptions, lies, and misdirected making information. It is mostly full of confusion. So, a lot of people ask where we should start. And that is why we are writing this blog. To clear up the air and explain more about a surfer’s nutrition.
There are so many diets out there available to anybody. The Atkins, paleo, Leto, south beach, grapefruit, zone, cabbage soup diet, and so much more. Yes! You read that right, there is such a thing of a diet. And this is where there is a lot of confusion and lack of clarity out there.
So where should I start? What should I eat? It honestly all comes down to what you put in your body and what you want your body to be capable of when surfing. You have to understand one thing before we get started: you are what you eat!
Real Food = Energy
When you are eating real food, your body will automatically get some energy out of it and not crash after two hours. When you are eating processed foods, your body will go into this ‘sugar rush’ and will crash after a couple hours of consuming it. Making your body exhausted and not wanting to surf anymore. Real food on the other hand will not give you that crash which means you will be able to surf longer.
If you want your body to have more energy, surf longer and recover faster from those long sessions. Then you need to put good food into your mouth and stomach and that is where a surfers nutrition comes into play. While a teenager can get away with eating chips and pop tarts and surf for 4 hours, it is unlikely that a 35 year old will be able to do the same. Not to even think about, it would give you some heart burns, and if you have been eating like that your entire life you most likely will get diabetes, arthritic, and be very gassy. So, like we said earlier, it all comes down to eating REAL food. Real food like meat, fruits, vegetables, and sometime a high-quality grain.
We are not trying to get all about the macronutrients, food timing, or weight loss methods with this post. We are just trying to make you aware and convey you the idea that you need to be eating high quality substances if you want to get more out of your body. Not just you can surf a lot longer; you will be able to live a healthier and longer life!
Basic Healthy Tips
- Shop the perimeter of your local grocery store.
The produce, dairy, and meats areas. Everything else in the store is full of nutrients stripped grains, preservatives, and food technology that the companies use to keep you addicted. Think about things; real food won’t last for 2 years on a shelf.
2. If it wasn’t on earth hundreds of years ago then DO NOT eat it!
Your body doesn’t know what to do with all the new modern foods, and doesn’t know how to react to it either. Your body can react very badly to all of the fake stuff. The leading cause to inflammation and diseases comes from the loads of toxins, aspartame, and artificial flavoring that puts a huge stress on your entire body.
3. Drink only water, fresh squeezed juices, or even green tea.
Everything else that you have been drinking is pretty much sugar, and provides no nutrition at all to your body, and even less a surfers nutrition. Even the already made smoothies are not good for you.
4. Stay away from anything made with these ingredients:
White flour, white table salt, white sugar, and pasteurized milk. All of these ingredients take the energy out of your body and do nothing for your overall health.
5. Read ALL the ingredients when buying something.
If it has hydrogenated anything, trans-Saturday fats, high fructose corn syrup, MSG, BHT, Canola oil, soy oil, vegetable oil, sunflower oil, BHA, food colorings. The you should NOT be eating it!
Surfing demands a lot
You need to know that surfing is that kind of surf that demands a lot out of your body because of the wide range of exercises that is used to surf. The demands on joints, muscles, and energy systems is used a lot when surfing. That is why surf training is very important to keep all of our muscles loose and ready to tackle on the surf. So if you want to use the most out of your body, and surf to the best capability that you can, heal your tissues and muscles faster, paddle stronger, and help your digestive system; then quit the unhealthy and fake stuff. And start putting REAL food into your body. Things like vegetables, fruits, proteins, and some grains are to be eaten.
Quit believing in the healthy version of this or of that. Because in reality all is unhealthy unless it is REAL food. And then you can cook it and eat it however you want. But the main ingredients is actually real and not processed or packaged.
Here are a couple things to being a better surfer, and having a better overall health. If you follow these tips, trust me you will feel so much more energized and be ready to conquer the day. You will not feel exhausted or gassy but light and energized. So get started today and eat some REAL food for a better health!