This week, on Tri Talk Tuesday, Courtney, Miranda, and Cynthia have selected the theme: The Athlete’s Diet! People actually ask me a lot about what I eat as an athlete. For some reason, a lot of people assume I have a very restrictive diet because I’m an athlete. That is actually quite the opposite. I don’t believe I need to cut things from my diet and restrict my calories. However, I also don’t believe I should over-indulge in high fat foods just because I will burn them off with all my exercise. What I do believe in is moderation. I’ll tell you what I typically eat, but in the end, you’ll need to choose for yourself what your “athlete diet” will be.
Breakfast: I’m a creature of habit, especially with breakfast. I flip back and forth between two meals pretty much every day. Occasionally I’ll have something different, but on a typical day, I’ll have either a: Cheerios with milk & a banana with peanut butter, or b: Plain oatmeal with peanut butter & honey mixed in. Normal peanut butter, normal milk. I don’t buy the expensive “all natural” stuff. I know it’s probably better for me, but I like Jiff peanut butter, and I like 2% Hood milk.
Lunch: Almost always, lunch is some type of leftovers from the night before’s dinner. If there are no leftovers, I’ll make myself a fried egg sandwich, tuna melt, or peanut butter & jelly sandwiches.
Dinner: Rice is always on the menu, then some type of green vegetable. Lately the vegetables have been coming from our garden!! We always have some type of meat as well. Probably 4 days of of the week we have chicken breasts or a whole chicken from our local farmer. We usually marinade them or season them and often cook on the grill. Two days a week we have red meat-either burger, or steak which we buy as a whole cow from a local butcher. Then once a week, we have fish (salmon, tuna, or cod are our “on hand” fish).
Things I don’t eat: There are certain “common” foods I don’t typically eat. Unless I have to make myself a sandwich (because there are no leftovers), I really don’t eat bread. It’s not because I think it’s bad for me, I just don’t eat it. I also don’t eat a lot of pre-packaged foods, baked goods, or juices.
Snacks/desserts: My favorite snack is raw oatmeal mixed with peanut butter, honey, and dark chocolate chips. Sounds gross, but it’s so good. I like to make my own homemade granola bars/energy bars. I’ll also have any type of fruit for a snack, or an avocado. I usually just eat the avocado plain, but sometimes I’ll have it with chips. My favorite dessert, and really only dessert I typically eat is ice cream. Any kind. Almost every day.
Fuel for Training: During all my training sessions, I fuel with Hammer Nutrition products. They have been gracious enough to take me on as a sponsored athlete. I use their gels, Perpetuem (calorie drink), Endurolytes Fizz (electrolyte drink), and Recoverite (recovery drink) on a daily basis.
So that’s my typical diet!
What do you eat as an athlete?
What are your favorite fueling products?