Athlete’s Plate by the Athlete

It is Thursday so that means another opportunity to present to you a day in the food life of an athlete.  This athlete comes to us via Twitter and her blog.  Quite simply she is one of the funniest people in my social media circle.  Conversations seem to center around women’s parts.  Boobs specifically, but it doesn’t end there and men are not immune from the conversation either.
She blogs at the site Taking It On and you can find her on Twitter as well.  I am speaking of none other than XLMIC other wise known as EXtra Large Marge In Charge…(read here to find out how that came about.)
Here she is in her own words with her own food.
When I heard about your Athlete’s Plate by the Athlete, I was excited to participate. I tend to eat very healthfully. I was curious to see what sort of analysis the bloggy nutrition guru would give. I don’t have a whole lot of variety… usually… and so it became a matter of remembering to take the pictures! Interestingly, the day I finally remembered was not a typical day, but I went with it anyway :)
What went into my body that day…
my depleted life has me taking these supplements 2x/day:
Magnesium/Calcium, Multivitamin, Adrenal+C, fish oil, 5-HTP, DLPA, Bu Xue Pian
and drinking this dirtwater 3x/day.
Chinese herbs that smell like a horse barn.
1 cup (1/2 plain, 1/2 vanilla) nonfat greek yogurt w/ a sliced banana
and a handful of Enjoy Life-brand gluten-free granola
Here’s the deviation from the norm…
It’s a double-meat, ‘protein-style’ (no bun) burger and fries.
No shake, no soda… water only.
 And things usually spiral downward for at least a little bit after the first crapfood indulgence…
The Snack
TJ’s Organic Peanut Butter w/ Ghirardelli 62% Cacao chocolate chips
I pulled myself out of the tailspin a couple of hours later…
 Before-dinner Snack
a large, sliced avocado… yes, I ate the whole thing
melted onto a bowl of brown rice…
(bowl is much larger than appears in photo)
with two dry-fried (no oils or butter), pasture-raised eggs placed on top
of the rice and cheese…
all covered with a whole bunch of raw spinach.
a little popsicle.
My non-professional, un-educated observation of this day is that it is excellent…..for the most part.  My obvious take away would be the In N Out burger and removing that all together, but the key to her choice here is that she removed the bun from the meal.  Smart move as that bun would have been white bread with no nutritional value to it whatsoever.
  1. The snack is not as bad as she lays it out to be.  Peanut Butter is a healthy fat and having some chocolate with it kills those cravings later in the day.  The downside to her choice is that the chocolate seems to be larger than a serving size.
  2. I would suggest that the avocado only be 1/2 since that is a serving size which contains about 140 calories.  The good news is that avocado is a healthy fat just like peanut butter.  Fat is a good thing to have in your body as an endurance athlete and limiting fat intake can be detrimental to performance during training or racing.  Select healthy fats and eat in portion sizes and your body will thank you.
  3. Love the breakfast.  Granola (fiber), Fruit (fiber, carbs), Yogurt (protein, fats) is a great way to start the day and hit all your macronutrients.
  4. Dinner is excellent as well.  You have it all in terms of carbs, fiber, protein, iron (spinach) all in one plate.

Outside of the In N Out burger this day is something I would call a success.  The one item I cannot comment on is the number of calories and what type of exercise was done that day.  Remember that food is fuel and should be viewed that way.

XLMIC thank you for allowing me to take a peek into your eating day.  I had a lot of fun and I hope you did to.


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  1. marlene says:

    I think I can smell that dirt water from here! Otherwise, yum yum!
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  2. Jill says:

    XL makes me laugh! I love her eating tuna over the garbage can during HTC :). At least she’s honest….if I were documenting my day on your site, I’d never eat PB and chocolate chips to get chewed on later….or at least never admit to it!! ;)
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  3. Jill says:

    Chewed “out” later…
    I. Am. Tired!
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    • CTER says:

      There was no chewing out whatsoever. It is an observation that it looks larger than a serving size. Why consume extra calories when you would be just as full and satisfied with a serving size? I never said to NOT eat the chocolate but to pay attention to the serving size is all.

  4. The thing is she probably skips In N Out Burger on the days she’s NOT on CTER.
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  5. Matt Oravec says:

    Now again clean eating… however, I do believe for majority of the americans… have to allow a “controlled cheat” on healthy lifestyle. You will fully disagree with me here, but its all mental with me, if I allow the cheat, I have a successful diet, if I don’t allow the cheat, one week clean and then epic fail.
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    • CTER says:

      I don’t disagree with you. I think your cheat has to be a good cheat though. Her cheat of nut butter and chocolate to me is a the perfect cheat. You are still getting some healthy fats in there and you are also placating your sweet tooth. If you have a cheat reward and you work hard toward that then you will be successful in my mind.

  6. Bob says:

    Call me a dirty old man…. but the popsicle pic has got me wondering if she really had dessert on her mind
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  7. XLMIC says:

    Thanks so much for letting me participate :) I’m glad you didn’t count my calories… I do view food as fuel and don’t even see the chocolate chips as a ‘cheat’… a treat, yes, but not a ‘cheat’. If I recall correctly, that was a Friday and a rest day for me.

    Patrick should know that In N Out was not used for shock-factor… and Bob should know that I really just really wanted that popsicle.
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    • CTER says:

      I agree with your take on cheat v treat. It really is a treat since you put in so much effort at eating clean. We all need those but with that as background I would still eat by the serving size. Maybe that is a serving size I can’t tell but that is how I view my treats so that they don’t become musts because of the addictive nature of the sugar/carbs in them.

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