Surfing is essential for us here at Summer of Surf and nutrition is essential if we want to have energy to surf…so…good food = surfing and good surfing comes from…you guessed it…good food!
What does all this mumbo-jumbo mean? Diet? A solid nutrition plan? A balanced diet? GMO’s? Organic? USDA ‘Certified’ Organic? UGH!!!!!! I just want a sandwich, is that so hard? Good solid nutrition also helps prevent injuries and helps restore the energy you burn while surfing. Well, here at Summer of Surf we believe in a pretty simple ‘system’, oops, ‘system’ now I’m doing it, we just want you be able to have a sandwich too, so here’s something we think is pretty cool.
Surfing is a demanding sport and it takes energy, and good food gives you energy. Our solution is the 80/20 Rule and it looks like this:
The 80% of your food is from healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains/high fiber starches, healthy fats, and lean proteins. So in the real world…WHAT DOES THAT MEAN I CAN EAT?
Lean Protein: Organic chicken and turkey, wild caught fish, free-range eggs, beans and lentils.
High-Fiber Starches: Brown rice, quinoa, sweet potatoes, whole grains (sprouted), oatmeal and winter squashes.
Healthy Fats: Olive oil, coconut oil, avocado, raw/sprouted nuts and seeds, chia seeds and hemp seeds.
Fruits: Acai, blueberries, cherries, blackberries, strawberries, dragon fruit (cool name for a fruit), goji berries, pineapple, papaya and mango.
Vegetables: Spinach, kale, romaine, collard greens, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts), carrots, cucumber, celery, tomatoes, garlic and onions.
The 20%: of your ‘food’ is from the ‘less than healthy’ foods category (but oh so yummy sometimes), refined white cane sugar, that is really not good for you at all, high-fructose corn syrup, really, really not good for you and any food with more than 20g per serving of added sugars.
Unhealthy Fats: Refined vegetable oils; canola, safflower, sunflower, etc., trans fats (Hydrogenated Fats or Oils = All BAD)
Refined White Starches: White bread…really? Breads, pastries, sugary breakfast cereals, doughnuts, desserts and candy.
High-Fat and/or Processed Meats: Red meat, pepperoni, sausage, hot dogs and deli meats.
Bottom line, this is nothing new, it can be a bit more difficult to follow, but there are so many benefits. Following this method of eating helps reduce the inflammation created by the exercise of surfing. You will achieve peak health and energy and your body will perform better! You most likely won’t get sick as often, and you are just going to feel better. If you can more this to a 90/10 Rule you will feel even better.
Finally, there are huge benefits when you choose Organic Foods, they can be a bit pricier but they are excellent choices. Look for ‘Free Range’, USDA Certified Organic and Grass Fed which help indicate a higher quality and more nutritious food. Bottom line, like the old Mr. Natural cartoon said…
‘You are what you eat!’