Tuesday 16 January 2018

What I Eat In A Day: Former GAA star Alan Brogan

Alan Brogan. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan
Alan Brogan. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan
Alan Brogan. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan
Dublin footballer Alan Brogan with his son Jamie (6) at Croke Park
Alan Brogan. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan
Bernard and Alan Brogan with the Sam Maguire after Dublin’s victory over Kerry. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Alan Brogan. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Former GAA star Alan Brogan shares his day on a plate

How do you start your day?

I usually get up usually 7am. I have two young kids so there isn’t any sleeping in in our house!

Alan Brogan and his son Jamie after their shock semi-final defeat to Donegal in 2014

How many meals do you eat per day? How does it differ between training days and on an off day? 

I would usually have some more carbohydrates on training days with the club. That would include some porridge and honey and I would usually take my vitamins. Lunch would usually be either rice or potatoes and some meat and I might have a light snack then in the afternoon of some fruit and nuts. 

On non-training days I would have some fruit and yoghurt and some juice. Lunch would be a light brown bread sandwich and for dinner I would like a stir fry with plenty of veg and meat! 

What is your staple breakfast, lunch and dinner?

Breakfast: Porridge with honey

Lunch: A sandwich with brown bread.

Dinner: Stir fry.

 Do you cook? If so, what's your signature meal? 

I wouldn’t be known for my culinary expertise but I would enjoy a steak now and again with some potatoes. Over the summer I would enjoy a BBQ, although this summer was a bit of a wash out!

Bernard and Alan Brogan with the Sam Maguire after Dublin’s victory over Kerry. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

How many days a week do you train? On days you train, how does your diet differ than normal? 

I would train twice a week with the club and on training days I would increase my carbohydrate intake to ensure I have enough energy for the session. If you don’t have fuel on board training can be a wasted opportunity.

Does your diet differ for specific exercises, e.g. Are there specific meals for cardio days or weight days? 

I would focus on carbohydrates for on field sessions, when I am in the gym I would always make sure to have a protein shake afterwards and some fruit.

As an athlete, what's the worst meal you can eat? 

I think you have to try and avoid the greasy foods that are high in fat and sugar so unfortunately I don’t get to eat take-aways, chips or fry-ups.

 Are you sick of eating chicken breasts and sweet potato? How many do you eat in a day?

Yes it has definitely become somewhat of a staple of all athletes as this stage. I would tend to eat meat with most meals. I actually really enjoy sweet potatoes and there are plenty of options around cooking them which keeps a bit of variety in it.

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Alan Brogan. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan

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

I wouldn’t get out for dinner too often so I don't have a usual order. The only regular is that sometimes I ask for sauce on the side.

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

Ah no life is too short! I think everything in moderation is key so I would indulge in a treat now and again. I have a bit of a sweet tooth so I like chocolate in particular.

What's your favourite cheat meal? 

I hate to admit but it would probably be a Chinese takeaway.

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

I would drink at least two litres a day and would leave a bottle by my desk and in the car. In terms of supplements, I take Clean Marine tablets every morning and it really helps my energy levels,. 

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