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Eating With The Eatons: The Diet Of Champions

When it comes to nutrition for sport who better to learn from than Ashton Eaton, and his wife Brianne Theisen-Eaton. The best all-round athlete there has ever been, and one of the best female all-rounders in the world right now, they are the power couple of mutli-event athletics and are now offering up some insight for fans, followers and fellow athletes to learn from.

They recently launched a new endeavour at WeAreEaton.com to help grow their fan-base and give us a glimpse into life as the world’s best athletes.

Ashton and Brianne on the training track. photo by Doug Pensinger/ Getty Images, IAAF

In terms of their nutrition philosophy it doesn’t stray too far from the K.I.S.S. principle – Keep It Simple, Stupid.

Of course the Eaton’s are much too polite to phrase it this way, opting instead for “We like to describe our diet to people by simply saying, “We eat normal food, just the healthier version of everything.

They introduce the 6 main things in nutrition that work for them, and highlight the evolution of their eating habits. “Paying attention to our bodies and what they tell us about the food we’re eating” is probably the most important nutritional advice for any sportsperson, or non-sportsperson alike. You can do all the research and study of food and nutrition as you like, but at the end of the day your body may still not respond like it’s ‘supposed’ to. Trial and error can be one of the most effective methods of finding what works. But having a guideline from two top athletes certainly won’t do any harm.

The 6 main things that work for Ashton Eaton & Brianne Thiesen-Eaton are as follows:

1. Protein is king
2. Full fat everything
3. No refined carbs
4. Veggies. Veggies. Veggies
5. Sugar is the devil
6. Limit liquid calories

Pretty straight forward right? But what does it all mean…well head over to WeAreEaton to find out for yourself.

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Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell is an athlete, a coach, and a business management graduate. A former youth international, he represented Ireland in sprint hurdles, 400m hurdles, high jump and relays. He is current senior 60m & former 110m hurdles champion and ranks 3rd & 5th on the Irish all-time list for the events. Years of battling and finally overcoming injuries have led to his keen interest in strength and conditioning for athletes, as well as his current course of study: Neuromuscular Physical Therapy. He is occasionally referred to as GOD, not due to his initials, but because of his heavenly beard, which he has sported since the age of 5.

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