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Catharine Pendral - Olympic cross country mountain biker

Gold medal diet tips

We may not be competing in the London 2012 Olympics, but we can certainly live — and eat — vicariously through the elite-level athletes. Instead of simply asking a sports nutritionist to give us top diet tips to train like an Olympian, we turned to four female Olympians to get the dish on how they eat and what they eat.

Catharine Pendral — Olympic cross-country mountain biker

Like Gould, Catharine Pendral will be biking her best at the London 2012 Olympics. The Canadian cross-country mountain biker also is one of the ladies on the Luna Pro Team. Here are her favorite Olympian diet tips.

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Stay hydrated — with water

Pendral relies on water to keep her body well-hydrated while she's training. She doesn't reach for fancy beverages; she prefers water since she'd rather get her calories and nutrients from other sources. "Don't drink your calories," the athlete advises. "It's easy to add 200 to 500 calories a day with sugary coffee drinks, sodas, etc." Pendral also relies on water to keep her from boredom snacking.

2

Choose healthy snacks

Some athletes use their ultra-heavy training as an excuse to gobble up junk food and high-calorie fare. But Pendral prefers to keep her diet clean, including her snack choices. She says, "Always have fruit, carrots and unprocessed snack food around so healthy eating choices are easy."

Pendral's favorite snacks are Luna Fiber Peanut Butter Strawberry Bars and Clif Chocolate Coconut Mojo Bars.

3

Don't store junk food in the house

When it comes to junk food, Pendral subscribes to the "out of sight, out of mind" approach. She keeps junk food out of her kitchen. "If it's there, you will eat it," she explains. "If you really need an unhealthy snack, walk to the store for it and, if on the way the craving goes away, enjoy the walk!"

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Comments on "Eat like a Summer Games athlete"

Erica July 31, 2012 | 9:12 AM

All of these tips make sense to me, even if you aren't an Olympic athlete!

Jenifer July 30, 2012 | 10:03 AM

I think these are great tips! I wish I could follow a diet like this.

Emma July 25, 2012 | 4:16 PM

I think that a healthy diet is all about balance! It is so important to have good eating habits, but it comes down to balance what you put in and what you get out with exercise!

Caitlin July 25, 2012 | 10:17 AM

These are great tips, but I'm kind of thankful I'm not an Olympic athlete that has to follow a strict diet.

Jessa July 25, 2012 | 9:55 AM

Great tips! And I love how into the Olympics spirit the SheKnows writers are! I definitely need to remind myself how important it is to have a big breakfast. I usually skip or have something really small. I will try my best to start my day off right too.

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