- Thursday, 21 July 2016 14:30
Over 17 years of rowing, I can say that I haven’t been injured a lot. I won’t talk about my back problem here but more about the “lack of recovery” type of injury. I have missed very few sessions overall. I strongly believe that it is partly due to my diet. Some people might say that I don’t eat the right way. Fair enough. I am not fancy in terms of gluten, vegan or 100% organic.
But I know that my diet is balanced. I eat everything and I balance my meals so that I get everything out of my food. One major issue when you row and you are not making crazy money is probably finding affordable, good quality food in big quantity. My mum could tell you how much a rower eats. It’s no joke! A day with 8 to 10 000 calories a day is a norm. So I have always tried to manage quantity/quality to fuel my body with the good ingredients. Training at such a level requires the proper fuel. I am proud to say that I have trained and competed my whole career with natural and healthy intakes to perform. Nothing more.
We have an incredible support from our nutritionist who takes good care of our health. Menus on camp, at the Games, nutrition tips, recovery, optimization of our intakes,... . She leaves Nothing to chance. Our team is also very lucky to have the support of Thrifty Foods. The supermarket provides us with good quality food and it is a real asset for our performance. On the west coast, we probably have one of the best places for seafood. Since I moved to Canada, it became a significant part of my diet. And I love it.
When Raincoast Trading and St. Jean’s contacted me to become my nutritional sponsor, there was no better match.
All their seafood is wild-caught using sustainable methods, which eliminates any unwanted bycatch. The company is “Ocean Wise” recommended and was ranked #1 tuna by Greenpeace Canada two years in a row. I know that preserving our environment is a major challenge that we face. And it is a cause close to my heart. Individual actions matter and food is no exception.
I have now access to frozen and canned seafood. I am going to be honest with you. When I heard “canned seafood”, I had in mind what most of us know about canned seafood. The “dry and grey” tuna sold in supermarket. Well, they changed my opinion! If you want a real piece of fish, hand packed and cooked appropriately, you have to try it. Same with the frozen products. Yummy.
Anyway. Food is important to perform and I am glad that this Vancouver Island local company is supporting me. Welcome aboard guys. Your cans are easy to take around the world and you are part of the journey now.
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