What is your typical daily diet when training for a big event?
The most important start to my day is a cup of tea. Then I would usually have two crumpets.
If I’m having lunch before a strength and conditioning session I would have something like sweet potato jacket with tuna or, if I’m having lunch after a strength session, then I have something like soup and a roll… my favourite flavour is spicy pumpkin.
I mostly have either lasagne or cottage pie but I do love chicken and noodles too.
How do you keep your diet varied and do you ever get bored with eating for your sport?
I try and mix up what I eat and try not to eat the same thing too much. I have a meal planner for two weeks so that I’m eating different things all the time. I don’t really find that I get bored of any foods because you can always just add something different to a dish to change it up a bit.
What super food/juice/meal helps you get out of bed and motivated on those particularly dreary mornings?
I’m a tea lover and that always sorts me out. As soon as I’ve had a cup of tea I’m ready for the day.
What’s your trusted snack for an energy boost?
Malt loaf – It’s one of the first things I pack to take away for a competition.
How do you stay hydrated when training?
I don’t tend to drink too much while I train as it’s not a nice feeling jumping around with water in your belly so I try and drink a lot through the day to keep me hydrated and then I drink a recovery shake after training.
When competition season is over what are your favourite food indulgences?
I don’t really have any, I try not to indulge in anything extra as it always feels harder to give it up so I try to eat things I want throughout the season rather than when wait until the season is over.
What would be your top diet and exercise tip for the amateur athlete?
Don’t deny yourself anything as it always makes the cravings for those foods stronger. Just be sensible about what you have and when.
Aside from your speciality, what is your favourite sport/exercise?
My favourite sport to play would be tennis, we have a local tennis centre where we go and play but I also love to watch football.
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