Eating for Golf and Life
Health and fitness can easily be compared to the game of golf in that one philosophy after another is being sold to all of us on a daily basis throwing us all into a state of confusion. At the end of the day the most simplistic ideas will always prevail. Fads that make no sense at all need to be thrown out the window. Growing up with my father, Gary Player, and having been a diabetic for the past 15 years has taught me a little about how to make the right choices when it comes to one’s diet.
My dear old Dad, even at the age of 73, has always had the discipline in making an effort with eating and exercise. If he were on the course with nothing else but a hot dog available he would eat it with no bread, or the burger without the bun, after having squeezed the patty between paper napkins to get the excess fat out. I have often watched people stare in absolute amazement and just shake their heads like my Dad was a little crazy. I can remember traveling through many airports with him, walking up and down stairwells while everyone else stood on moving walkways or rode elevators. It is these small efforts that allow my Dad to live a quality life today.
Learning that I had Diabetes opened my eyes to the need to monitor my diet closely, and follow the guidelines of the glycemic index. Carbohydrates and refined sugars cause the body to over secrete insulin, which throws the pancreas out of whack and causes weight gain. Mary-Ann Shearer, of The Natural Way, has been an excellent resource for me in my endeavor.
I have discovered the most common problem seems to be that people overeat and cannot say no to refined sugar. Perhaps the reason why we are all prone to overeating is that we tend to skip meals or eat so fast that the body has a hard time registering that it has had enough. Please believe me when I tell you that we don’t need to eat so much We all need to take control and ensure that we make the right choices, and practice moderation.
The best advice I can offer golfers and non-golfers alike is to carry healthy snacks with you all the time. Raw sunflower seeds, cashews, almonds or my favorite: organic dried mango. I love the Kopali brand from Whole Foods!
Take care of yourselves, go the organic route as much as possible and try to eat less!
Wayne’s Daily Menu:
Double Expresso with Organic Half & Half
Organic Berries: Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Strawberries – lots of anti-oxidants!
Handful of raw almonds, sunflower seeds
Once a week I have an egg white omelet with feta cheese, spinach and diced tomatoes. I really enjoy it, but no more than once a week.
Salad with avocado (an essential fat), tomato, free-range chicken with a cold-pressed olive oil dressing.
Wild Atlantic Salmon with wild rice.
Other family favorites are free range chicken baked in a clay oven, Filet Mignon,
Leg of lamb the Lebanese way and Yellow Snapper caught by my sons – all prepared by the most fantastic chef I know, my wife Shervon.
I enjoy lots of water, herbal tea and recently my assistant got me hooked on Diet Coke with Lime – but only one a day! My occasional indulgences are a Johnny Walker Black Label on the rocks and organic black licorice.