Athlete’s Plate by the Athlete


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You have got to love social media.  Well you don’t have to but I know that I do and it is for reason’s like today’s featured athlete.

Through Twitter I have had the pleasure of laughing at some of the best tweets that this athlete posts.  One funnier than the next.  I can honestly say that I have no recollection of how we were ‘introduced’ but I am a better person for having had the opportunity to read tweets and exchange emails with her.

The athlete I am talking about is ME Skibba on Twitter.  If you don’t follow her then stop what you are doing, open a new browser and go to Twitter and add her.  You will laugh all day long.

Her self description is: Slug runner who began running in June 2009 at 38. Decided to Tri my hand at the triple threat. Afflicted by Tri addiction, 70.3 is my goal in 2012. Oh. And I love food. (check out picture in the gallery and try not to laugh.)

On to the Athlete’s Plate.  We exchanged a few emails as she was looking for some observations of what she ate and if I could help.  Whenever I get this type of inquiry I start with two things.  1- I am not a registered dietitian or nutritionist and everything I speak of is through personal knowledge and is not based on studying this topic in a classroom manner.  2- Generate a food log for 3 days that includes what you ate, when you ate it, why you ate it, how you ate it, where you ate it.

The reason for the questions is it forces a person to stop and look at what they are doing.  They immediately take a more conscious look at their intake and have already started to make any changes because of this.  Once the changes have started it is easier to keep going.  As you may know it takes about 3 weeks to make a change become a permanent habit.  Through this process they are already 3 days into the change without knowing it.

Here is what she ate over the course of two days:

I think that her two days of food is terrific but just from pictures have some observations:

1- How much dressing was put onto the salad at dinner on Monday?  Instead I would have it on the side and just dip the fork into the dressing and then pick up the greens.  Pouring the dressing on is adding calories that are ‘hidden’ because you believe you are eating a salad so it must be good for you.

2- How much tzatziki was put onto the lamb burger?  Again, put it on the side and just dip your fork into it and then pick up portions of the lamb burger.  You will still get the flavor without the calories.

3- The gala apple is a great choice, but without a lean protein the sugars in the apple will fade quickly and you will think you are hungry again.  I would add 1 Tbsp of nut butter on the side and scoop it up with the apple (chopped)  There are plenty of fats in nut butter but they are healthy fats and because it has that stick to your ribs feeling you won’t be hungry so fast.

4- On Monday she went from 12p to 6p without eating a thing and that is a long stretch ONLY if she wasn’t hungry in that time.  If she wasn’t hungry and able to control her portions at dinner then not a problem, but if you were hungry going that long could be a problem.  You will be so hungry at dinner that you consume more than you need to.  On Tuesday, a workout day, her meals were much more frequent and that helps with metabolism and curb hunger.

5- Lots of water was consumed and this is key.  Obviously it helps with hydration, but it also helps with hunger.  When I think I am hungry the first thing I do is grab some water.  I might be dehydrated and not hungry but my mind is telling me I’m hungry.  Water can help stave off hunger.

6- Her dinner plates are over 50% vegetables/grains and the smallest portion is lean meat.  Great balance.

 

SkibbaDoo –> thank you for the opportunity to review your Athlete’s Plate.  It is always fun to see how other athletes are fueling and refueling their bodies for their endurance sport.

What do you notice about her Athlete’s Plates?

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  1. Jill says:

    Good to know about the apple….I eat an apple and it seems to give me a sugar rush and it NOT filling. I’ll add some nut butter!

    One day I am going to get on Twitter. I know, shocking, but it’s true. Maybe even before the weekend is up.
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    • CTER says:

      The apple is healthy b/c it is only ~60 calories for a medium sized apple but the sugars burn quickly and you are hungry again quickly. Get the nut butter in there and that will balance out the carbohydrates.

  2. Matt Oravec says:

    Ummmmm really? There aren’t enough blog posts in the world to critique my diet ;)

    Man, I am blown away by the number of uber healthy people out there. No cheat snacks or anything?

    Keep posting these!
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    • CTER says:

      But the beauty is that you have dropped a ton of weight and you are an IRONMAN!!!!!

      You keep doing what works for you and slip in an apple every now and again and you will be golden.

    • me skibba says:

      it takes time to change but no, no cheats. I used to say “I worked out really hard so I can have…” Only cheating myself. It was time to find snacks that weren’t cheats. If I have a sweet craving, I drink 8 oz of Silk Light Chocolate Soy Milk. Salt craving? Hummus w/adzuki bean chips. Just not the whole bag! I don’t keep temptations in the house so if I really want something “bad” I have to go get it. If I can go from eating chocolate croissants washed down by Nestle Quik, you can! Not saying it’s easy…takes time, discipline, some good support. Just like training does

  3. Emz says:

    I so want to try regen. Yum.
    I don’t get follow her on twitter so I’m off to do so! :)

    • me skibba says:

      I have been using regen for about six weeks and noticed a difference in post workout recovery. I was using Ironman Recover and the regen seems to give me a better boost. Contact EK35_PGA on Twitter and he will send out some samples to you; he is one of their ambassadors.

      Though it has nothing to do with nutrition, I am also a die hard calf sleeve girl. Call it “lingerie for athletes” and run/sleep in them. Have worn them for all three Tris I did this summer and notice a considerable decrease in calf fatigue.

  4. Me! Me! Pick Me!
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    • CTER says:

      have two others in the queue so you just need to take pics of a day of eating and send them in and you will be featured in three weeks. Start snapping.

  5. misszippy1 says:

    I’m off to find her on Twitter…

    Great observations on her food intake. And such a good point about stretching it that long w/o food. That can be my downfall sometimes and then I find myself picking at everything I am cooking, only to find I’m not hungry at the dinner table. There’s always room for more conscious effort!
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  6. me skibba says:

    Thanks, Jason, for the feedback! Always love learning ways to enhance my nutritional needs. Especially with adding to the apple. And the dressing. And the tzatziki sauce. Great tips to help watch those hidden calories. I really enjoyed this! And thanks for the added pressure of having to be entertaining! : )

    to Matt Ovarec: it takes time to change but no, no cheats. I used to say “I worked out really hard so I can have…” Only cheating myself. It was time to find snacks that weren’t cheats. If I have a sweet craving, I drink 8 oz of Silk Light Chocolate Soy Milk. Salt craving? Hummus w/adzuki bean chips. Just not the whole bag! I don’t keep temptations in the house so if I really want something “bad” I have to go get it. If I can go from eating chocolate croissants washed down by Nestle Quik, you can! Not saying it’s easy…takes time, discipline, some good support. Just like training does.

  7. marlene says:

    Love the format here!! Fun to see all the photos laid out like that.
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