Athletes Require the Best Diet

834877_high_jumpOlympic Athletes must eat correctly in order to insure that they are in peak form for competition. 28,000 people including over 10,000 Olympic athletes, coaches, and staff, were in Beijing for the recent Olympic Games. Keeping the Olympic Village fed is no small task. What was on the menu?

According to Jillian Wanik, the lead dietician at Aramark, the catering company which handled the Beijing Olympics, the menu was comprised of a combination of resources provided by the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Diabetic Association, and Dieticians of Canada. Traditional Chinese fare and other Asian-influenced dishes were served including Peking Duck, congee (an Asian rice porridge) and various noodle dishes. A traditional Chinese teahouse was also provided in the Olympic Village.

In addition, dishes from around the world, including Mediterranean, European, Caribbean, and the Americas were served, with an emphasis on lean meats and fish, whole grains, and a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Registered Dieticians and translators were provided 12 hours a day to insure that athletes got the proper fuel for staying in peak form.

No matter what your activity level, whether it is exercise at the gym, training for a marathon, or an interest in weight loss, we can learn from the Olympic athletes. Eating a variety of meals comprised of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, seafood and whole grains will keep you at your peak.

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