Sometimes making a conscious effort to lead a healthier lifestyle can feel like a financial chore amongst other things but new website Your Student Body was created to help people bridge the gap between finance and nutrition.
Launched by GB volleyball players Nathan French and Peter Bakare, the online student athlete magazine offers useful and practical tips on achieving the diet of an elite diet on the budget of a student. It’s no secret that funding was a challenge for GBs volleyball players, so in the run up to the Olympic Games many of the volleyball players had to take a creative approach to their nutrition. Some players attended university and others worked part time so time management was key to be able to train hard, eat correctly and also find time for study/work. Without being able to afford the expensive suggestions made in some health magazines, some of our GB athletes had to quickly find ways to overcome the nutrition/budget challenge.
French and Bakare appreciate that many people are in a similar position to the ones they were in – people who want to achieve a health or fitness goal but genuinely don’t have the disposable to fill their fridges with designer meals and trendy superfoods.
YSB was launched so that they could pass down knowledge that may help other athletes – aspiring and professional – achieve their goals without breaking the bank.
We caught up with YSB to find out more about their approach to nutrition.
BBB: Tell us a little bit about your general approach to nutrition
YSB: Our diet is balanced. We tend to buy and eat the majority of the same things unless we see a new recipe that we fancy making. We prefer to make larger portions and have left overs for the next day’s lunch/ dinner as it’s easier to cook in bulk.
Standard meals are usually composed of lean meats, whole grains and vegetables are pretty standard meals. It can become rather boring and monotonous but eating in balance means that the occasional Big Mac can be enjoyed from time to time.
BBB: What do you look for when you’re eating out?
YSB: Price/Quantity/Quality ratio! Cheaper and bigger quantity generally means the quality is poor which is not good. Equally we wouldn’t bother if something is healthy but too expensive and the quantity of the main dish is like a starter.
BBB: What do you tend to avoid when you’re eating out?
YSB: Chips and fried foods are generally best to be avoided. Sweet potato is great so we try to substitute chips for this or perhaps request extra vegetables. Most restaurants will allow you to adjust your dish slightly so don’t be afraid to ask for any alternative. Also stay away from the fried foods.
BBB: What’s your favourite restaurant in London?
YSB: Wagamama. Their food is extremely tasty, filling and not ridiculously expensive. Plus unlimited green tea is always a winner.
BBB: What you typically order at your favourite restaurant (including modifications) and why?
YSB: Yaki Soba- full of flavour with fresh meat and veg cooked from scratch.
BBB: If you could make one thing mandatory in London restaurants, what would it be and why?
YSB: Perhaps including the calories per dish inside the menu. It would probably make the customer more aware of what they put inside their bodies and hopefully choose a less calorific meal.
In fact if they could publish the carbs and protein too that would be a bonus but we’ll stick to the calories for now.
BBB: What is your fast food indulgence?
YSB: It depends on where we are or what we are doing. Subway’s Turkey and Ham is always a safe bet but typically we look for cafes because a jacket potato with cheese and beans is a life saver. Can’t forget Nando’s!!
BBB: What’s the biggest mistake you see non-athletes make with their diet?
YSB: Taking supplements when they don’t really need too. Why waste the money on supplements when your training regime is not fit for additional nutrition? Another mistake is trying to eat something healthy after you eat something not so healthy. Eating an apple after a chocolate bar doesn’t eliminate the nutritional damage of the chocolate bar unfortunately.
BBB: Any tips for those with a weakness for fast food who would like to clean up their act in 2013
YSB: If you are short for time and unable to prepare a meal at home then find your healthy alternative. Stick to lean meats rather than red meats and avoid sauces that are high in fat.
If you do have the time, prepare your meals a couple days in advance so you don’t need to worry about spending time cooking.
Also, some studies have proven that fast food addiction can be as addictive as heroin. Try to consume less and less fast food so that you don’t become addicted. It’s a slippery slope.
You can read more of YSB’s useful tips and stay up to date with their offers and competitions by visiting: http://yourstudentbody.com/
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Happy New Year everyone!