Boxing, long distance sprinting, and gymnastics all have one thing in common: You need the proper diet before your big performance. First time divers may not be aware of it, but experienced divers know that you can avoid a lot of discomfort if you eat properly in the week leading up to your dive.
If you’ve ever tried to do any physical activity after a night of drinking and excessive eating, you’re already aware of what can happen if you aren’t properly prepared totake your stomach underwater along with the rest of you.
Hydration is important in diving, but it begins as early as possible. Staying hydrated can help you to avoid decompression sickness, which can occur when dissolved gases that form bubbles inside of the body. Decompression sickness, also called DCS, can cause pain in the joints, paralysis, or even death in rare circumstances. If you can do anything to prevent your chances of experiencing it, then you should do so. You should begin to stay regularly hydrated starting a week before your dive takes place.
Stay Fueled with Carbs
As with any physical activity, having a storage of carbs is important. It can provide you with the energy that you need, both for prolonged periods and for situations where you may need a burst of strength or speed. Complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains, vegetables, and fruits are recommended. They should account for a half of the food that you eat with a meal, along with lean protein from meat and fish.
Stay Away from Binge Eating
This can be one of the most difficult pats of the diver’s diet. You can easily prepare and discipline yourself for the dive before you arrive at the island, but once you’re there, your willpower will be put to the test. Costa Rica is a tropical location, and tropical locations have tropical foods. Vacation and tourist locations in particular are known to lay on the fatty delights for their patrons, which you need to avoid. If you overindulge a day or two before the dive takes place, it could seriously weigh you down during your dive. Moderation is more important at this time than any other, and while you shouldn’t deny yourself some of the tasty foods Costa Rica has to offer, don’t over do it, or you will certainly regret doing so.
It is recommended that you avoid alcohol leading up to the dive, as early as a week in advance. Alcohol causes a lot of issues for the body in general, but you need to be in top shape for your dive, which means you need to be as frequently hydrated as possible. Alcohol dehydrates you, and can build toxins in your system that lead to the fatigue we commonly refer to as a hangover. A hangover can last as long as 2 to 3 days depending on the level of intoxication, so it is generally recommended that you avoid alcohol, especially in the three days leading up to the dive. If you do choose to drink, never do so excessively. You need to be at your best if you want to dive like a professional.