One of the many things Roger did for me during regionals was control my eating. I wanted to give you some insight as to what this all entailed.
First off, on my own account, I really cleaned my diet about a week prior. I have been focused on diet throughout my training, but I did have some cheats here and there. I stuck to mostly chicken or turkey, eliminating any red meet, added nuts and avocados every day, scrapped the bits of cheese I may have been finding here and there, and started drinking water like no ones business. I was not going into this thing dehydrated!
Thursday I added some additional fat to the diet. Roger wanted me to have some fat stores for the weekend: extra avocados, bacon, red meet. I had no problem doing this!
Breakfast was done at the hotel. I had hard boiled eggs, sausage, and fruit (melons and berries). I grabbed an extra egg for a snack for later. My first event was at 11, so I wanted to make sure I would have something between 7 am and 11 am. I ate the egg at around 930 (yoke included). This was a bad idea. I couldn’t get the taste out of my mouth. In the future, I know that I need more time to eat hard boiled eggs before an event, otherwise, that is what I will taste. Not pleasant! Immediately following event one, I ate berries and a few nuts.
Lunch was done out of a food truck. We hadnt hit the grocery store yet, so this was the best we could do. I ordered some shrimp and sausage something. It was not what I wanted. As I was eating, I realized I only had an hour before event 2. I almost gagged. No more of that! Immediately following event 2, was more berries, and more nuts. The athlete tent also had some grilled chicken and jerky. I hit up all the snacks!
Dinner, which was an adventure to find, was a half chicken, salad, and green beans (subsituted for potatoes). Sleep. Water.
Throughout day one, I drank as much water as possible in between events, and slowed the intake approximately one half hour prior to each. I didn’t want to feel full at all, but I also needed to make sure dry mouth wouldn’t set in on any of the workouts.
Similar breakfast. I took a quiche and scooped out the good stuff, getting rid of the crust. Lunch was swiss chard lettuce wraps (with lunch meet and avocado), and an orange. Tons of water, and some coconut water as well.
Interesting fact: when my back tightened up and I went to the med tent, one of the first questions they asked was how much salt I had been taking in. Not much. One problem they were seeing, was many athletes downing the free coconut waters, while not balancing properly with salt. The high potassium intake with no salt to balance can create muscle cramping. I ate some deli meet right after.
Dinner: we had to search again to find a place with the right food. We came to a place in the middle of a mall, “Fresh and Healthy.” I had a salad with bacon, avo, and chicken for salt and fat, veggie chips and a smoothie. Water. Water. Water.
Day three, Sunday: Lettuce wraps for breakfast. Snacks for recovery. I only had one event, so I was able to eat anything after.
Recovery meal: In n’ Out! With the buns!