Eat like an athlete - Nathan French

Volleyball star Nathan French shares his nutrition tips for training and tells us why he loves kiwi fruit and British pub grub...

Nathan French headshot

What is your typical daily diet when training for a big event?

Five eggs with spinach
Bowl of yogurt, raisins, honey, and oats
Two oranges and two grapefruits - squeezed to juice
A handful of almonds
Two cups of coffee

Baguette with chicken, salami and mozzarella cheese
Bowl of mixed berries with yogurt
Four kiwi fruits
Half an apple

Dinner :
Two chicken fillets in tomato sauce, couscous/rice, broccoli

How do you keep your diet varied and do you ever get bored with eating for your sport?

I don't really get too bored of eating the same four or five meals day in day out. They taste good, fill me up and I know what I am putting in my body. I vary it a little by eating out at a restaurant every so often and treat myself to foods I wouldn't normally cook myself.

What super food/juice/meal helps you get out of bed and motivated on those particularly dreary mornings?

Spinach leaves
I squeeze two grapefruits and two oranges in the mornings along with my breakfast. I love fresh juice and fruit. There is something very energetic and refreshing about the taste. My favourite fruit is kiwi - it's just a shame they are so small. However, the food that I ensure I incorporate in my morning meal is spinach. It's a very nutritiously dense food with lots to give and really gets me going in the mornings.

What's your trusted snack for an energy boost?

I generally graze on almonds and raisins throughout the day.

How do you stay hydrated when training?

I make a habit of drinking some water on every break or time out I have. Even if I'm not that thirsty. When i'm not hydrated my performance level and concentration levels drop dramatically. When there is a competition I would drink some electrolyte drinks to keep my body on full alert when it's needed most.

When competition season is over what are your favourite food indulgences?

Margherita pizza in slices
I would have to say I enjoy a lot more British pub lunches. Open chicken pies, steak & ale pie etc. I also enjoy the occasional pizza and indulgent dessert.

What would be your top diet and exercise tip for the amateur athlete?

Make sure you consume super foods such as spinach and broccoli. I would also advise making sure you eat something to give you energy before exercise and also have a snack ready for when you finish.

Aside from your speciality, what is your favourite sport/exercise?

I love watching the majority of sports to be fair - basketball in particular. I just want to see a game of fast pace and slam-dunks.

What is your favourite recipe from

Squash curry with spoon

Thai squash & pineapple curry sounds amazing. Topped off with a brownie! That would be an immense meal. As the saying goes, 'the way to a man's heart is through his stomach'.

Uncover more diet secrets from top athletes in our eat like an athlete series.

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11th May, 2015
living the life of an athlete is so difficult, its easy to say that you can do eating like an athlete, but there were factors needs to be addressed in order to do so.. how can you eat like an athlete if you don't have such amount to buy on the foods they eat.. it would be better to eat what we can afford.. but its okay to dream though of living the life of an athlete.. instagram followers
20th Apr, 2015
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19th Jun, 2013
Spinach is great, my personal trainer recommended it for my breakfasts too.
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