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Carmelita Jeter - Olympic sprinter

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.

Carmelita Jeter — Olympic sprinter

The world's fastest woman, Carmelita Jeter, is a track and field world champion who keeps herself in elite sprinting shape by watching what she eats and training hard.


Train hard and reward yourself

Jeter's speed and physical fitness are a testament to her training. The sprinter knows her body and how to fuel it for performance. She says she pays close attention to her diet while training and enjoys her carbs. "I usually eat some sort of carbs after training — my favorite is pasta," the Olympian explains. "During competition my diet is a little bit more regimented and includes mostly chicken and rice. My diet philosophy is to train hard and work at meeting my goals so I can reward myself with the types of foods I want to eat when I am not training."


Eat foods that work for you

When you start to pay attention to your diet and how it affects your workouts, you can learn which foods give you the most energy and help you recover. Jeter has a few faves that are part of her training regimen: "I cannot live without my granola bars before a race and my Muscle Milk for after. I love eating my cinnamon Wheaties for breakfast." The Olympian also digs into fresh fruit, chicken tacos and pasta with vegetables.

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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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