As the consultant nutritionist to the British Olympic Association from 1990 to 2001, Jane Griffin has worked with a range of Olympic Sports including archery, badminton, rowing and canoeing. She has since worked in a variety of teams including English cricket and a number of partnership rugby unions, football and netball clubs. In 2002, Jane received the Ibex award for Professional Achievement from the British Dietetic Association and in the same year was voted one of the top ten leading dieticians in the UK.
So, we can’t think of anyone better to advise us on an Olympians diet and eating habits. Health and fitness are the focus this year, and an athletes diet is equally as important as their training regime.
“While you sit watching the Olympics, think about what those athletes have put into their bodies and think of what’s in yours. Use the Olympics to make some simple changes – try to exercise more and eat more healthily – but don’t lose the enjoyment factor. What better place to start than while watching the Olympics? Swap the high fat, high salty nibbles – you don’t need them if you are just sitting in a chair. Instead prepare healthy TV snacks and healthy mini meals such as Thai Prawn Cocktail Sandwich or Seeded Carrot Flapjacks or a slightly more substantial meal such as a Halfway Pizza that you can produce quickly at meal times. Buy in plenty of white and brown sliced bread, low fat spread and low fat soft cheese to spread on the bread and then have a supply of suitable fillings ready in the fridge and kitchen.” Explains Jane.
She continues “Healthy ideas for fillings include protein based foods such as sliced and cooked meats, smoked salmon, canned tuna or mackerel, hard boiled eggs chopped and mixed with salad cream or low fat mayonnaise, peanut butter and jam. Remember, these are the sort of foods Olympic athletes have been training on!”
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