With the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics coming up on Feb. 9, we can't help but imagine all the ways these tremendous athletes are preparing for their big moment. The training program, the diet, and the many hours of much-needed sleep — we're tired just thinking about it!
To get an idea of what kind of daily diet Olympic athletes eat, POPSUGAR spoke with Brianne Theisen-Eaton, a Canadian track and field athlete who won the bronze medal in the heptathlon at the 2016 Olympics. If you're not familiar with what a heptathlon is, it's a race of seven events: 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200-meter dash, long jump, javelin, and 800-meter run. Phew!
Although Brianne is retired, she's still an athlete who runs and works out regularly. Plus, she's now a holistic nutritionist, so she's knows a thing or two about healthy eating. She gave us the inside scoop on what she eats on a daily basis.
One of the first things Brianne reaches for is a "coffee with grass-fed butter and MCT oil, blended with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top every morning." This kind of bulletproof coffee is known to give you extra energy and improve your mood. "It's my favorite," she said.
Next up is "eggs of some kind with maybe avocado toast. Or I might saute some onions, mushrooms, and sausage along with two fried eggs, and place [it] on top of a bed of spinach and drizzle with some balsamic vinegar and olive oil." Is anyone taking notes?!
"Typically lunch is lighter for me as I eat a really large breakfast," Brianne told us. "Sometimes I might have leftovers from the night before or some Greek yogurt with berries." Raw veggies and hummus are generally on the menu as well.
Dinner is a simple formula for Brianne and her husband, Ashton Eaton, two-time Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon: "some sort of protein with a veggie side dish or two." Here are a few options they love to eat:
- Grilled pork chops with a spinach and beet salad and roasted brussels sprouts
- Kale ceasar salad with grilled chicken
- Homemade pizza (cauliflower pizza crust) with onions, mushrooms, sausage, cheese, and arugula
"My bad habit is eating too many granola bars," Brianne admitted. "I like Kind, GoMacro, or Mojo." As for her "guilty pleasure," she can't help but love good old-fashioned candy. Starbursts, Skittles, and Trader Joe's black licorice are some of her top choices, because it's all about balance.