Hi guys, it’s Wade, better known as Water Molecule. Today, I will be discussing something very important to me. As you know, I am a proud athlete. I love to exercise and play different sports while building a camaraderie with teammates. One of my favorite activities is sailing. I love being able to sail by myself, or with friends who I know I can count on when it comes to having some fun. Sometimes, we like to go racing with our boats. Before I go out on the waters, I make sure I have some nourishment; something that will satisfy my hunger before I hit the waters and have fun for a few hours out of my day.
There are many types of foods that you can eat. Some people eat pieces of toast with a glass of orange juice or a mug of coffee or hot chocolate (don’t forget the marshmallows!). Sometimes the venue will be selling some food and sailors do go there for a quick slice of pie or chips. Avoid any surprises by following some steps before spending your dough on cookies or other unhealthy, unsatisfactory treats. First, you need to make a plan.
Plan ahead before eating something. You want to make sure that your body will be filled with enough fuel to get you going for the beginning of the day. You also want to plan food to take with during your sailing and afterwards.
Realize that you are what you eat. You need the right fuel to ready for top shape and performance. Sports dietitians who have worked with sailors will tell you that you need to consider what to eat and drink to stay fueled and hydrated.
Another factor you should consider is eating a large meal in the morning time. Before sailing, eating a large meal three to four hours early will be beneficial for proper digestion, nutrient absorption, and reuptake so food will become a usable fuel for the body. Remember–a larger meal takes longer to digest than a shorter meal!
Experimentation is encouraged for sailors. Figure out when in the early day you should start eating. Also, be aware of the type of food your eat before sailing. Your body has to be comfortable tolerating certain foods. Low fat, low fiber, and high carbohydrates should be packed in the type of food you eat. Some people feel uncomfortable before an event because certain foods can cause digestion issues and even make you feel sick when anxious or nervous.
Figure out the type of food you would like to eat. Personally, I like to eat food I grow naturally using the most advanced fluorescent grow lights. I eat a lot of green veggies with eggs and toast. You can learn how to grow natural foods right at home with LED lamps easily. If you don’t want to grow your own food, eat foods such as sports bars, cereal bars, yogurt, cereal with milk, fruit, smoothies, or pasta (or rice) with meat and vegetables. Whichever you decide, be sure it is right for you. See you in the waters!