How to Eat Like an Olympian on the Road

Olympic health trainer Douglas N. Graham shares his tips for eating healthy on the go

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Olympians headed to the London 2012 Games are already planning what to eat.

Sticking to a diet or eating healthy while traveling can be a challenge because of language barriers, unfamiliar foods, and lack of knowledge about the local food scene. Add to that the pressure of being an Olympic athlete whose career depends on sticking to a strict diet plan and the importance of eating healthy while traveling is even greater.

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Dr. Douglas N. Graham, an Olympic health trainer and coach who has worked with the likes of tennis ace Martina Navratilova, NBA star Ronnie Grandison and professional bowler Bruce Hamilton, counsels Olympians and Olympic hopefuls on the techniques, practices and benefits to healthy living and eating. Graham, who has written The 80/10/10 Diet, and lives a raw vegan lifestyle, helps his clients maintain a routine while on the road.

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“I’m not obsessed about food but I cover my bases,” said Graham, who has trained a number of Olympians including Jamaican hurdler Isa Phillips.

Graham cites dehydration and the body’s difficulty at dealing with microbes in unfamiliar locales as culprits that sometimes lead athletes and travelers to tummy trouble, which leads to poor athletic performance.

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“It’s not fun to go on vacation and spend it in the bathroom,” said Graham.
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