Monday, August 13, 2012

Design Tips: Diet Tips - Eat like an Olympian!

Well the Olympics are over, time to get back to normal. I've enjoyed seeing all the different sports on TV, so many amazing stories and accomplishments from inspiring people all over the world! It's great TV for two weeks straight.

I race mountain bikes, and I was thrilled to see my favorite sport on TV for once. What fun! I'm sure you were inspired by something you watched, maybe to walk, run, swim or dance more often. Or, maybe to at least eat better so you can feel like an athlete!

Food is such an important part of our lives, Olympians or not. I have to share this little secret. I received a copy of The Feed Zone Cookbook by Biju Thomas and Allen Lim. This is a cookbook intended to improve the eating habits and health of world class bicyclists, but guess what? You'll enjoy it, too!

The recipes are extremely tasty, very healthy and educational. And, actually, the research that went into the recipes and the introductory chapters came from the trials and tribulations of feeding cyclists during the Tour de France. Biju Thomas is a natural born chef with a passion for bicycling. Dr. Allen Lim is also passionate about food and cycling. The two met working with famous professional cyclists including Levi Leipheimer and many others, Biju Thomas as a chef and Dr. Lim as a physiologist.

I love how easy to understand the information is. My first thought when I picked this book up was, "Wow, there's a lot of white rice and pasta in here. Hmmm!" But they explain. This is the part for athletes in an intensive part of their training. The recipes are about balanced protein and carbohydrates based on what you need. And substitutions, like brown rice for white. You can dial in the recipes for your own needs. Just like athletes do! If you're hungry, eat more. If you're not, eat less, all the while enjoying fresh flavor combinations, wholesome foods and satisfying recipes

I also like the emphasis on easy. Many recipes call for cooked chicken or pasta. In other words, leftovers! Things you can cook extra so that you'll have on hand for later in the week. The "Pasta Salad with Walnuts and Blue Cheese" is a great example, and so yummy. I tossed in some leftover grilled chicken and it became a whole meal. And I used whole-wheat pasta.

The Feed Zone Cookbook includes many refreshing ideas for breakfasts, snacks, and handheld lunches! Athletes are busy, just like you, and finding time to cook is hard. The tips in this book are realistic and very helpful. I've eaten out of this book for a whole week so far and I'm loving it!

You will enjoy this book too, even though it seems to be written for serious bicyclists only. Get over that part and savor the food. See more information and sample recipes at their website!

Until next time!
-Elaine Bothe

Photos of the book cover, "Watermelon Soup" and "Pasta Salad with Olives and Beets" courtesy of The Feed Zone Cookbook website.

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