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Fitness

Healthy Eating Secrets and Motivation Tips from Olympic Athletes

It's time to get your game face on. As the 2012 Summer Games gear up, we scored the secrets to success from the Olympic athletes making the trip to London. From their diets and travel tips to how they mentally prepare, here's how they make it happen.
Natalie Coughlin Grow Your Own Greens

Swimmer and 11-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin credits getting through a heavy routine to a hearty bed of veggies. "I really lean toward a plant-based diet. I have seven vegetable beds, one is all kale since that's one of the best foods for you." Before she hits a wall, Coughlin says she reaches for a smoothie of coconut water, kale, spinach, and romaine, with some add-ons like apples, celery, or pineapple. "It's harder when I travel and I don't have a green drink handy. When I'm on the road, I just try to eat as many salads as possible."

Motivation Mantra
"Leading a healthy, active lifestyle is all about momentum. If I'm in the middle of training it's easy for me to keep that up. It gets tough when I'm on a break. I just try to start my day with a good breakfast and a quick walk, something simple that gets the day off on the right foot. The more I do that, the more I make healthy choices that reflect the good choices made earlier."

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