Simone: When I first met you Luke, you were not a fan of having your skinfold measurements taken. The target skinfold levels were a struggle to reach and diet was not a major priority.
Luke: I was a young kid who was just playing football but not so much into the professional side like diet. I probably drank too much and ate too much!
Simone: After a while you realised there was something to be offered and that following the dietary advice given made a difference. Your skinfold levels came down and you were feeling good.
Luke: After a while I understood that diet is a huge factor for your performance, how you recover and hit your skinfold targets. As you get older you realise how important respect for your team mates is and for them to know you are doing everything right. Added sessions for being over preseason skinfold targets didn’t worry me at first, as plenty of guys were in that group, but then that wasn’t the norm any more, things soon changed and you didn’t want to be there.
Simone: You now make your skinfold target a week before preseason starts!
What changed for you?
Luke: I realised you can’t just survive on talent. Your body over the seasons needs to be looked after. Recovery with the right food and hydration are needed to get you up each week.
Simone: With the fast game now and less interchanges you need to fuel yourself and keep lean at the same time, that means quality, nutrient dense food, lots of veggies, lean meat and fish and carbohydrates for fuel at the right times.
Simone: As a country boy you have a big appetite? How do you get around this?
Luke: I struggled early, my parents made me eat everything on my plate so I kept eating even if full, now I understand more that is not the way to go. Portion size is a huge factor for me keeping my weight and skinfolds down. I still enjoy a big home cooked meal from my wife or back at home in Colac but not every night of the week.
Simone: What is your favourite pre match meal before a game?
Luke: A pasta two nights prior- ravioli bolognaise or lunchtime prior. I have a Lite n Easy meal the night before (yes truly he does and has done for years!). I drink more water and then have a few dry biscuits with Vegemite before bed.
Simone: What do you eat after a game?
Luke: Pizza was always a highlight, but since pizza has been replaced I enjoy avocado and Vegemite on toast and a healthy chicken wrap, it is good to get something in after a big game.
If I have pulled up really well and there is a long break between games I like to have a glass of wine at home with my wife/friends.
Simone: Do you cook, what is your go to dish?
Luke: I don’t cook apart from a BBQ, I can do a pasta though ….but who can’t?
Luke has embraced the sports nutrition advice knowing that it helps him with his footy and general health.
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