Monday 24 July 2017

What I Eat In A Day: Camogie star Anna Geary

Anna Geary. Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Anna Geary. Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Anna Geary. Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Anna Geary
The example set by high-profile female athletes like camogie player Anna Geary, is not enough to inspire schoolgirls to keep up their participation in sports and fitness. Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

The former Cork all-star and camogie expert shares her day on a plate.

Do you prep your meals fresh or freeze them on a Sunday? 

I like to have a variety of both depending on my schedule. Because I am on the road a lot, I usually prepare my meals on Sunday – I cook the meat but just chop the raw vegetables and separate portions into freezer bags- I like cook my vegetables from fresh whenever I can.

I use my microwave steamer, it's my saviour when short on time. Obviously, some foods need to be prepped fresh but I’d recommend picking a day that suits your lifestyle to prep and set aside two hours. It doesn't always have to be the weekend - fit it into what suits your schedule.

How many meals do you eat per day?

My meals vary depending on how busy my day is and whether I am working out or not. If I am training, I eat more food and meals to help me function and stay focused. I find a lot of people are too hard on themselves when they overindulge – but it’s really when we skip meals that we should be kicking ourselves. That can actually affect our bodies more negatively. 

What would be your staple breakfast, lunch and dinner?

Breakfast 

I try and incorporate oats wherever I can because they are a good source of carbohydrates and my body needs fuel to keep me energised throughout the day.   I have a bowl of porridge on mornings when I work out and add in some blueberries, desiccated coconut and cinnamon. On the weekends, I like to take time to put more effort in my breakfast so I make oat pancakes with fresh fruit or eggs and avocado. 

Lunch 

I tend to eat a lot around this time otherwise I find myself picking throughout the day. My fave 'go to' lunch would be bolognese with courgetti or salad. I cook a large amount of the bolognese. It freezes well too. On other days, I normally have chicken or fish, vegetables and sweet potato. 

Dinner 

It depends. Depending on my day and what I have eaten up until that point, sometimes I eat a smaller evening meal, like smoked salmon and Ryvita with an omelette.  I like to listen to my body and what it wants -  If you’re hungry, eat!

How often do you work out? On days you exercise, how does your diet differ than normal?

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Fitness has always been important to me from a young age. As a Life Coach I understand the importance of the mental aspect around exercise and how it has a positive impact on my state of mind. I really enjoy the buzz too! I always feel great after exercise, even if I'm not always in the mood for it! 

I try up to train five times a week and some days if I am feeling a little tired or short on time, I shorten my workout to just a 20 minute HIIT session using burpees, squat jumps and mountain climbers. You will still get a sweat on, I promise and you can always spare 20 mins in a day. 

Obviously, I would eat more when I train. I would increase carbohydrates in the morning for energy and then protein after to recover muscles, so I’d either have eggs, or a protein smoothie I've already prepped, if I'm on the go. Naked Juices actually do a protein smoothie when I don't have time to prep my own.

I prefer to work out in the morning. It gives me energy for the day ahead and then I'm free in the evenings. The longer the day goes on we can often look for excuses not to train. I'm guilty of that too. We need to be stronger than our excuses so get it out of the way early.

When you’re out for dinner, where do you frequent and what would be your usual order?

There are so many places to choose in Dublin, I don't have a favourite place. If I am down in Cork I love to visit a delicious spot called Ecos in Douglas it’s my favourite place to eat. They have a great tasty menu, you know it’s cooked fresh. I wouldn’t eat out that often, so it would be a treat for me when I do.

How does your diet differ during training days vs off days? 

As I mentioned, I have higher protein and carb intake on training days. It’s good to listen to your body and know what it needs or what it’s craving. I find asking the experts for advice is the best thing to do! They can give you alternative meals to incorporate into your diet so you won’t be bored of eating the same meals over and over again. 

Are you completely opposed to sweet treats or do you allow yourself a cheat day?

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I wouldn’t be opposed to a treat at all; I incorporate dark chocolate into my diet every day. I like to make peanut butter balls with dark chocolate and coconut when I have free time. I am against the opinion that you can eat what you want just because you train, that’s just not true.

There is a lot of truth to that saying "abs are made in the kitchen". I love my food so I have to be conscious of what I eat! Good clean food is just as important as training if not more! 

How much water do you drink and do you take any supplements?

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Anna Geary. Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Not as much as I used to, unfortunately. I found it easier to get my daily intake while working at a desk but now because I’m usually on the go or driving, I struggle to get two to three litres in a day. I have to be aware of it and am currently trying to drink more during the summer months. Who's with me?

 I take good quality supplements, all for different reasons. I take Vitamin B for stress levels, Glucosamine when I was training for my joints, Omega 3 for concentration, as well as Vitamin C.  I wouldn’t take them all at the same time for the whole year, it’s all season dependent. Sometimes I take Zinc for my skin because it can get very dry with the change in weather and other times of the year I wouldn’t need it at all.

There’s so much information about nutrition readily available to people nowadays to help them make the right choices when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle. But it can be overwhelming at times so just aim to make small steady adjustments to your life. Checkout my social media for tips & advice. @annagcork.

As one of Ireland’s most inspiring personalities, Anna Geary has teamed up with Naked Juice for the Power. Full. Smoothies summer campaign, which will deliver a jam-packed schedule of empowering events for Irish consumers this summer. For more information about the Naked Juice summer schedule, please visit www.nakedjuice.co.uk or follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/nakedjuiceirl

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