Martin Elmiger is a long-standing customer of Naturkostbar. We visited him at home in Zug and gained an insight into his eating habits. He showed us what his typical breakfast looks like. 

Martin Elmiger - pro cyclist

Hello Martin, please introduce yourself.

Martin Elmiger, born in 1978, I live in Zug with my wife Monika and our daughter Julia.

I have been a professional cyclist since 2001 and am currently riding for team IAM. http://www.iamcycling.ch/pro/en/

https://www.facebook.com/IAMcycling

More about Martin Elmiger: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Elmiger

What are your greatest professional achievements to date?

  • Swiss champion, National Road Race Championships 2001, 2005, 2010
  • Winner, Tour Down Under 2007
  • Winner, Four days of Dunkirk 2010
  • Winner, Tour de Limousin 2013
  • Second place, Tour of Britain 2013
  • Second place, National Road Race Championships and National Time Trial Championships 2013
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How important is your diet to you in terms of performance and health?

It's incredibly important for both, and is generally still greatly undervalued.  People can eat themselves sick, but can also achieve good health again through a healthy, nutritious diet. 

What has been your experience of raw food in terms of your performance?

It has definitely made me a more conscious eater.  I feel better and I recover faster.

The body requires much more energy for optimum performance at top-level sports.  One question that will interest many: how do you get sufficient protein and carbohydrate? 

A good muesli with sprouted nuts and seeds, and for example hemp seeds, oats, berries, fruits, and pollen, will cover a good part of my high energy needs.  My days of eating heaps of pasta are definitely over.

How important is the consumption of the enzyme-containing nutrients that can be found in raw food?

Enzyme-containing nutrients are very important for the continued high-performance capacity of the body, which is why a raw food diet is ideal. Plus it just makes me feel good when I eat like this-that's why it's good to feed your body the most natural and enzyme-rich diet possible.

It has been shown that the bioavailability of foods is decreased through a denaturation* process.  Do you think it makes sense, in terms of performance and health, to consume high-quality, gently processed raw foods, so-called superfoods?

Definitely. I have a very big appetite so it is even more important that I am mindful of quality rather than quantity in my diet.  

* "Denaturation is a process in which proteins or nucleic acids lose the?structure, which is present in their native state, by application of some external stress or compound such as a strong acid or base, a concentrated inorganic salt, an organic solvent, radiation or heat.  If proteins in a living cell are denatured, this results in disruption of cell activity and possibly cell death.  Source: Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denaturation_(biochemistry))

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How were you able to successfully transition your and your family's diet over to a raw food diet?  What tools helped you with this process?  

First of all of course a variety of recipes.  There is so much to discover about raw food - there is a healthy alternative for almost anything.  We have a VitaMix that we use daily, a dehydrator, and a Schnitzer mill in our kitchen.

Your three favorite Naturkostbar products?

Raw truffles, nut butters, and fudge

Is there anything else that you would like to say?

It's great that Naturkostbar exists!

Naturkostbar and our customers would be happy to accompany you on your raw food journey in the future.  We are very interested in your experiences with raw food as a top athlete!

Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us. 

We wish you and your family continued good health, and achievement of your desired goals - with much joy and a smile. 

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Martin Elmiger - pro cyclist - rawfood

Martin Elmiger - pro cyclist - rawfood

Martin Elmiger is a long-standing customer of Naturkostbar. We visited him at home in Zug and gained an insight into his eating habits. He showed us what his typical breakfast looks like. 

Martin Elmiger - pro cyclist

Hello Martin, please introduce yourself.

Martin Elmiger, born in 1978, I live in Zug with my wife Monika and our daughter Julia.

I have been a professional cyclist since 2001 and am currently riding for team IAM. http://www.iamcycling.ch/pro/en/

https://www.facebook.com/IAMcycling

More about Martin Elmiger: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Elmiger

What are your greatest professional achievements to date?

  • Swiss champion, National Road Race Championships 2001, 2005, 2010
  • Winner, Tour Down Under 2007
  • Winner, Four days of Dunkirk 2010
  • Winner, Tour de Limousin 2013
  • Second place, Tour of Britain 2013
  • Second place, National Road Race Championships and National Time Trial Championships 2013
zubereitung.jpg

How important is your diet to you in terms of performance and health?

It's incredibly important for both, and is generally still greatly undervalued.  People can eat themselves sick, but can also achieve good health again through a healthy, nutritious diet. 

What has been your experience of raw food in terms of your performance?

It has definitely made me a more conscious eater.  I feel better and I recover faster.

The body requires much more energy for optimum performance at top-level sports.  One question that will interest many: how do you get sufficient protein and carbohydrate? 

A good muesli with sprouted nuts and seeds, and for example hemp seeds, oats, berries, fruits, and pollen, will cover a good part of my high energy needs.  My days of eating heaps of pasta are definitely over.

How important is the consumption of the enzyme-containing nutrients that can be found in raw food?

Enzyme-containing nutrients are very important for the continued high-performance capacity of the body, which is why a raw food diet is ideal. Plus it just makes me feel good when I eat like this-that's why it's good to feed your body the most natural and enzyme-rich diet possible.

It has been shown that the bioavailability of foods is decreased through a denaturation* process.  Do you think it makes sense, in terms of performance and health, to consume high-quality, gently processed raw foods, so-called superfoods?

Definitely. I have a very big appetite so it is even more important that I am mindful of quality rather than quantity in my diet.  

* "Denaturation is a process in which proteins or nucleic acids lose the?structure, which is present in their native state, by application of some external stress or compound such as a strong acid or base, a concentrated inorganic salt, an organic solvent, radiation or heat.  If proteins in a living cell are denatured, this results in disruption of cell activity and possibly cell death.  Source: Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denaturation_(biochemistry))

zutatenb.jpg
mueslib.jpg

How were you able to successfully transition your and your family's diet over to a raw food diet?  What tools helped you with this process?  

First of all of course a variety of recipes.  There is so much to discover about raw food - there is a healthy alternative for almost anything.  We have a VitaMix that we use daily, a dehydrator, and a Schnitzer mill in our kitchen.

Your three favorite Naturkostbar products?

Raw truffles, nut butters, and fudge

Is there anything else that you would like to say?

It's great that Naturkostbar exists!

Naturkostbar and our customers would be happy to accompany you on your raw food journey in the future.  We are very interested in your experiences with raw food as a top athlete!

Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us. 

We wish you and your family continued good health, and achievement of your desired goals - with much joy and a smile. 

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