Sunday, 11 May 2014

Eat like a Pro


Ever wondered what Kelly Slater thinks about eating healthy? Here is a small insight into the 11x world champions mind.


"It wasn’t until my early 20’s that I became conscious of what I was eating. I often think how much better my teenage years would have been if I had a better diet. 



I never really drew the correlation between my diet and my health, but as I got older and started traveling and competing, I became really on top of my eating. 


I still make sure I read about different diets, foods and the effects they have on the body. As aprofessional athlete, you are always looking for that edge. You don’t ever want to have to question it. 


You want to do the work early and know that it is there."



"I first seriously learned about nutrition when I bought a tape for $1 in a health food store called “Dead Doctors Don’t Lie.” It had all this stuff on it about the effects of food, degenerative diseases and lack of nutrients. It was the first time I truly realized that if you don’t have the right diet, it can cause so many problems. 

On top of that, in 2003, my father died of cancer and I’ve had a lot of friends who have been either sick or died from a lot of diseases. All those situations made me become passionate about my health and longevity and being careful of what I put in my body. 



I read the ingredient panel of everything I buy. I think it’s hugely important. I can’t understand why someone wouldn’t want to read them."



 "Eating clean to me means not eating too many different types of foods all at once. I also try and eat a wide variety of the same nutrient. 

For instance, if you are into eating protein, I don’t think you want to always eat the same protein. You want to vary the types of amino acids you are eating. I’ve been eating chia for a number of years, but last year I was working out with a friend in Hawaii who said you can soak chia in coconut water overnight and eat it for breakfast. 



He said it has all the essential fats (Omega 3) you need and the amino acids. So I started doing that, then added berries and some nuts. It has become a staple for me."

Courtesy of inerta.com

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