Hi guys, so I’m on my way back to Toronto after a crazy week of bball and fun. I am so proud of the team: we went 6-0 in the tournament – winning the gold medal game yesterday! Such an incredible feeling, I can’t even describe it. You can check out a pic of the team here.
I’m exhausted and totally need the weekend to recharge. I’m so glad that I brought lots of food with me on this trip because the options weren’t great and given our schedule it was hard to get away to eat. I often found it hard to eat because I was so nervous before games (like literally not trying to throw up) or after games I was mostly focussing on making sure my team ate, drank water, etc. I really felt the effects of the lack of sleep, lots of stress and proper nutrition – lots of headaches this week and overall exhausting. Anyways, here’s what I prepared/ate.
Before I left to Detroit, I picked up my groceries from The Healthy Butcher.
Then I came home and spent about an hour and a half boiling, grilling, washing, chopping and bagging.
Here’s what I did:
- Hard boiled 7 eggs [directions]
- Grilled 4 chicken breasts [recipe]
- Grilled 4 beef burgers
- Washed 4 green apples
- Washed and cut 1 bag of celery
- Washed, peeled and cut 1 bag of carrots
- Washed and cut 6 bell peppers
- Washed and cut 2 cucumbers
I waited for the eggs to cool before putting them in a tupperware and also waited for the meat to cool before wrapping them in plastic wrap. Then I made 5 baggies of celery and carrots and 5 baggies of cucumber and peppers.
I wanted to have my post-workout snack, breakfasts, lunches and other emergency snacks taken care of. So this is what I planned:
- Post-workout snack: hard boiled egg + banana
- Breakfast: chicken breast + celery and carrots
- Lunch: beef burger + cucumber and peppers
- Emergency snacks: apples, eggs, bars, nut butter packs
I packed everything in this cooler bag and threw in a few ice packs to keep the meat, chicken and eggs cold on the drive.
On the bus I brought an almost empty salsa jar filled with ground beef and zucchini (made the night before).
I also chowed down on a chicken breast and some carrots and cucumber.
When we got to the hotel, I put all of my food in the fridge.
Most mornings I woke up and had a piece of fruit (apple or banana) and a hard boiled egg.
Then I brought the rest of my food for the day in my coaching bag. For breakfast (usually when we got to the gym and were watching other games) I had a beef burger and peppers and cucumber. Sometimes I could only eat half.
Then we would play and I would calm down and try to stomach a chicken breast, carrots and celery.
The afternoons were kind of crazy and my priority was always making sure my team got food, but I would usually have a Larabar and another piece of fruit.
Dinners were supplied by the tournament so I’d eat what was there. Honestly, the meat quality looked so questionable so I was sticking to veggies. I sometimes ate another Larabar and hard boiled egg – definitely not “enough” but it’s what I had to work with. We did go out to a great steakhouse one night – I got the cornish hen, sweet potato and green beans. Too awkward to take a picture so I didn’t
Oh… and then there was some vodka.
So that’s how I prepared and what I have been eating (and drinking) this week. Some of the other coaches totally made fun of me but whatever. It makes it all worth it when I see the girls on the team caring about how they fuel their bodies and telling me that: “instead of a bagel before the game I had eggs just like you recommended!” So proud of my girls for so many reasons – this was such a wonderful experience and I have really fallen in love with coaching.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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