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Hawk Talk – Eating Real Food and Training in Competitive Angling
Category : HAWK TALK
I’m not sure if it’s my western pedigree or personal trainer experience back in college, but I’ve always been interested in nutrition, training, and living a healthy lifestyle. There are many factors that contribute to a healthy lifestyle, but I feel eating real food and being active are two of the most important. My views on certain foods and different forms of exercise leading to a healthy lifestyle have changed over the years. With so much conflicting information out there on how to eat and exercise I’ve learned to rely on scientific data and experimentation to determine what types of food and exercise I benefit the most from.
When I started fishing the Tour full-time back in 2011 I found myself so focused on the fishing side of things I began making poor food choices and failed to work out consistently. I’d pick up snacks at the gas station (probably not the best place to buy real food) each morning on the way to the ramp, and then stop at a fast food joint after pulling off the water. I was too exhausted and hungry to care about what I ate—only that it satisfied my hunger.
The more processed and fast food I consumed the worse my body felt. My energy level began to rise and fall like kids teetering on a seesaw, and I wanted to sleep all the time. I knew feeling terrible wasn’t normal, so I started replacing the processed and fast food I was eating with real whole food—foods from plants and animals. I started eating more vegetables, meats, seafood, healthy fats, and some dairy and fruit.