What a Canadian Olympic Medallist Really Eats
Kelsey Serwa is our kind of gal. Not only did the freestyle skier recently win a silver medal for Canada while in Sochi, she's also extremely laid back, has a fun/goofy side (see bottom pic), and is beautiful (made it onto our Hottest Canadian Olympic Athletes list, no big deal).
We had the pleasure of catching up with Kelsey upon her return from Sochi and naturally, we were dying to know what the Kelowna native eats and does to stay in such phenomenal shape. She was super-open with us about her diet and even offered our readers some advice on losing weight (if they're trying to!)
Check out all her great diet and fitness tips below:
Do you ever skip breakfast?
Breakfast is a definite must and is actually my favourite meal of the day. Depending on my training schedule in the summer, I may be inclined to hit up breakfast twice in one morning.
What do you eat for breakfast?
I always start my day off with a bottle of Zico Coconut Water, either in a smoothie or on its own. When in a smoothie, I like to add frozen fruit, bananas, mint, fresh berries, and greek yogurt. I also love a good weekend logger's breakfast of eggs, hash browns, toast and bacon…my dad makes is the best at making it!
Also, "Jules Fuel" makes for a great breakfast during a hard week of training. It is a nutrient dense, low-glycemic, high antioxidant, superfood breakfast cereal made from the delicious goodness of quinoa, rolled oats, flax seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, gogi berries, and raisins. I enjoy mixing my Jules Fuel with cinnamon and fruit (blueberries, raspberries, bananas).
Are you gluten free? Dairy free?
Nope, I eat everything. I believe it's important to have a balanced diet.
Do you ever eat any junk food?
Yes, ice cream is my weakness!
What are the three food items you just can't live without?
Do you watch how many calories you consume?
I do not count calories at all. I am aware of the fuel I put into my body and make smart decisions while grocery shopping. I make sure each of my meals are well-balanced with protein, veggies and carbs.
Do you have any advice/tips for people who are trying to lose weight?
My advice to those who may be trying to lose weight is to start by setting a goal. And I’m not necessarily talking about an end weight goal; I am talking about making a goal to either eat healthier, be more active or stay hydrated. The more specific and realistic the goal, the more likely and able you will be to stick with it and see results.
Some examples might be:
- When you feel to urge to snack, choose veggie sticks instead of chips
- Drink three litres of water a day
- Find time for an hour of physical activity a day
When you’re travelling, how do you manage to still eat a healthy, balanced diet?
When we are on the road travelling, most of the time we eat whatever we are given. It is the hotel’s responsibility to provide the athletes with a breakfast and dinner menu at each event. So it’s actually quite challenging to maintain a balanced diet while travelling.
What is your all-time favourite type of exercise?
My all-time favourite types of exercise are skiing, biking, surfing and yoga. Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore, so if you find a sport you really love to participate in, then the exercise part of it feels like a bonus!
Jennifer Phillips has been writing for the web since 2006 and is extremely passionate about online content. Before joining slice.ca as managing editor, she previously worked for FASHION Magazine, AOL and Yahoo! Canada.
Image credit: Canadian Press.