Tri Talk Tuesday – The Athlete’s Diet

Tuesday, you sneaky, sneaky jerk. Way to catch me totally off guard this week. But it is tuesday which means I’m all linked up with Miranda from The Cupcake Triathlete and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What to get our triathlon chatter on.

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Today we’re talking about food. Specifically how to eat it. And by that I mean what you eat as an athlete.

There are a lot of different diets and food choices and opinions about how an athlete should eat and what they should eat. There’s Paleo, Whole 30, high carb, high protein/low carb, vegetarian, vegan, and whatever else. I’m not even sure because rest assured, I’m a pretty boring eater.

My food intake over the years has been up and down. Admittedly, I’ve not had a very good relationship with food in the past. I tend to be an under eater, and take that as you will. I was a full on vegetarian for six year before picking up eating seafood and poultry again due to some nutritional deficiencies, ones that I honestly would have had regardless I’m sure. And that’s pretty much where I sit now in terms of eating.

A typical healthy meal for me, grilled chicken and veggies
A typical healthy meal for me, grilled chicken and veggies

So, a little peak into my eating regime; like I said before I am a very boring eater. Generally I food prep for a whole week and I’ll make one thing and eat it all week. I’ll have one lunch option all week and one dinner option all week. Sometimes I shake it up here or there mid week, but usually not. For the last month of so I’ve been on a salad kick too, which is good.

Right now my intake looks a bit like this-

Black coffee until lunch
Lunch is a homemade grilled chicken salad
Dinner I did not prep for this week, so probably a lean cuisine or some Wegmans Super Pasta with EVOO on it.
Snacks during the day and evening may include Luna Bars, fruit, or whatever snackies are left out at work (which is usually nothing healthy, oops)
Because sometimes this is what I really want. Or because it was the only food options in the break room. But mostly both of those things.
Because sometimes this is what I really want. Or because it was the only food option in the break room. But mostly both of those things.

Other food options I eat regularly include ground turkey taco mix with grilled peppers and guacamole, bbq chicken and broccoli, shrimp and veggie stir fry, grilled salmon and asparagus. See, boring. This is pretty much the gamut of my health food prep items.

The lean cuisines are a guilty pleasure that I’ve been eating since high school. I know they’re awful, don’t hate me, ha.

And breakfast, I’ve never been much of a breakfast eater. And yes, I workout in the mornings most of the time. I’ve been doing this for many years and my body is very adept at working out on an empty stomach. Sometimes I bring fuel to eat mid workout if I’ll be doing more than an hour’s worth. And sometimes I’ll eat afterwards, usually a hard boiled egg , a piece of fruit, or if I’m really hungry I’ll stop on my way to work for a bagel. But really, most days It’s black coffee until lunch time. And my body functions perfectly fine and normal on this schedule. I will admit though, it’s not for most people everyone. And this is my healthy diet.

If I didn’t mind being 400lbs worth of unhealthy my diet would really just be pizza, turkey dogs, pizza, mac and cheese, pizza, mozzarella sticks, more pizza. But I like being fit and lean, so all of that stuff get left off the menu 99% of the time *cough*exceptpizza*cough* 

And there it is, an intimate look at how I feed myself. This has gotten me though many triathlons, road races, half marathons, my half Ironman, all of it. So it works for me. And a lot of what comprises an athletes diet is all about what works for you and your body.

Next week’s topic is going to be race nutrition! So we’ll be keeping the food chat going and talking about what get’s you pepped up to race and gets you across that finish line strong!

 What are a few of your typical healthy meals in your rotation?
Favorite food guilty pleasure?


6 Replies to “Tri Talk Tuesday – The Athlete’s Diet”

  1. I’m just like you: I cook for the week and eat the same thing everyday. I stick to scrambled eggs, spinach, kale, mushrooms, and tofu with a side of peanut butter oatmeal for breakfast, and for lunch I have grilled chicken, sweet potato, and steamed broccoli. It’s “boring” by some standards, but I like knowing what I’m having everyday.

    I do the PB and chocolate thing sometimes. I keep a bar of Ghiradelli baking chocolate squares in my pantry. When I need a quick fix, I put PB on a square and savor it. It really hits the spot 🙂
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