With the launch of Lakey’s health and fitness blog (TheSaltyCoconut) just around the corner, there is no better time to dive into the mind of Ms. Peterson in order to gain a better understanding of her inspirations, philosophies, and motivations. From her well balanced diet to her extremely rigorous training regimens, Lakey is one of those ultra-focused surfers whose success on the World Tour is dependent on a healthy and active lifestyle. As if the World Tour wasn’t a gauntlet itself, Lakey has even participated in several triathlons to stay in tip-top shape. For these reasons, and the simple fact that she absolutely rips on a surfboard, Lakey is the perfect person to snag some health vibes from. Here’s what she had to say during our chat:
What motivated you to create The Salty Coconut?
Having a health and fitness blog has always beens something I’ve wanted to do. I just want to help change people’s lives or inspire them to get healthy and stay healthy. It’s a never-ending place of learning and experiencing new things. I’m just excited to share the simple things that help me in my life. Plus, I can still learn from others and continue to grow in my life as well.
Daily nutrition.. What’s that all about?
I change the way I eat a little bit depending on how much I am surfing and working out each day. A big day for me, for example, I surf twice and work out for about 1.5 hours in the middle of my sessions. Obviously my body is going to be fatigued and in need of more nutrients. My slower days I’ll just surf once and stretch a little bit. Then my body won’t need as much carbs or protein-wise.
So what’s that BIG day menu look like?
On a big day, when I know I will be exerting a lot of energy, here’s what my diet looks like:
Breakfast: two eggs with spinach and avocado. A piece of fruit to get some sugar and carbs.
Lunch: big salad, chicken, quinoa, avocado, cucumber, almonds, peppers, and tomatoes.
Snack: a green smoothy, maybe an avocado with salt and pepper, or a scoop of coconut oil and almond butter.
Dinner: fish or chicken with a lot of veggies.
Overall nutrition and non-surf exercise philosophies?
It’s funny because there are so many different diets out there and ways people and nutritionist say we should eat. What I have come to realize is that everyone is different and needs different things. What might work for me might not work for my sister or brother, so it’s hard to say that everyone should eat paleo or everyone should be a vegan. But I do believe we should all eat as organic as possible. I know it’s expensive, but it’s an investment for your health, and that’s priceless in my opinion.
You want the food you are eating to be as pure and close to the earth as possible. The main thing with this is meat. If there were only one thing that you could buy organic, I would say that it should be meat. Everyone should be trying to eat grass-fed, organic meat or freshly-caught fish. The antibiotics and hormones that are in most of the meat we eat today are crazy and so bad for your body. So that’s my main thing: where my food is coming from and how fresh it is.
What inspired you to choose this lifestyle?
I am a professional athlete and I need to be on it because that’s my job. But the more I learn and experience new things with eating and keeping fit, the more I love it. I never want to stop learning about nutrition and health. I think it’s quite incredible what the human body can accomplish if it’s in top form. Just with nutrition alone. It’s really fascinating how eating well can change your life. Both physically and mentally.
Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco. How’d that go?
The half marathon was actually a really fun, challenge, and something different for me to do. If I am being totally honest, running is not part of my surf training program. I did the half marathon in my off-season when I didn’t need to be in top surfing shape. That being said, that doesn’t mean I didn’t love it. I had a blast training for it, too. Every day I would focus on something different. I had a sprint day, a hill day, and a distance day. It was just a really awesome way to push and challenge myself and I wanted to do pretty well in the event so that kept me on my training.
Be sure to check out Lakey’s health and fitness blog (The Salty Coconut) when it goes live in just one week!