“I really believe in the role that nutrition plays in achieving individual psychophysical wellbeing. Citing a maxim ‘we are what we eat’, which is why I consider it essential to be aware of what I bring into my body: for this, when I go shopping, I try to choose foods with high nutritional value, and in fact I prefer put in the basket foods such as rice harvested by hand rather than meat at zero kilometer “.
This is how Bruno Cerella, an Italian-Argentine basketball player from the Olimpia Milano, explains his food philosophy during the meeting at the Milanese Technogym headquarters, together with the Education project, which allows lovers of an active lifestyle to deal with great sports champions and listen to the most famous sports medicine and nutrition experts.
combine health and taste
«My pantry is devoid of refined sugar, contains few dairy products and only meat whose origin I know – continues Cerella – I also like to experiment in the kitchen to combine health and taste, with ingredients like gomasio [ed. product used in Asian cuisine and composed of sea salt and sesame seeds, sometimes enriched with seaweed] or with recipes such as kamut pasta with spirulina or seitan with Mediterranean tofu ».
During the meeting, Bruno also tells how the constant search for balance and harmony continues outside the field through the adoption of an active lifestyle, such as through urban cycling or the practice of physical activities that allow him to offset the substantial energy expenditure required to play in an important company like Olimpia Milano.
«In addition to taking care of the diet, to get the best performance on the field I also dedicate myself to physical activities collateral to basketball, like pilates: when I was twenty, the fields from the hard ground and the excessive load exerted on adductors caused me a pubalgia, which led me to gain weight of about ten kilos in a year. It was then that I discovered pilates, a physical activity that initially allowed me to control the problem, and with the time to solve it completely »says Cerella.
Bruno also remembers how sport represents for him an instrument with which to know different cultures and contribute to improving the wellbeing of others in particularly difficult areas: since 2013 he has been involved in Africa with the Slums Dunk project (mispronunciation of the term slam dunk – schiacciata) where slum means slums), which through the construction of three Basketball Academy (two in Kenya and one in Zambia) pursues the goal of improving the living conditions of children and young people living in economically and socially degraded areas.
«In short – concludes Cerella – both in food and in sport and in free time, I try to adopt a series of measures that allow me not only to improve the performance on the field, but also to feel good in everyday life».