I recently got the opportunity to interview 12 time Olympic gold medalist (and secret chef) Natalie Coughlin. We discussed everything from her Olympic training, work with LensCrafters, cooking and our mutual love for Vitamix blenders.
Natalie has quite the commitment to healthy living–she grows her own vegetables and even raises chickens.
What is your typical training schedule?
NATALIE: I train at least six days a week. I’m at the pool by 5 a.m (she wakes up at 4:30) and do a Pilates mat routine to warm up before I get in the water. I swim from 6 to 8 a.m., lift weights from 8 to 9:30, then rest and have something to eat. In the afternoon, it’s more swimming followed by power circuit training and Pilates again. (She’s also recently started getting into Vinyasa Yoga– that’s my girl!)
Do you keep a specific diet? Vegan? Vegetarian?
NATALIE: I lean toward a plant-based diet. I have seven vegetable beds in my backyard – one is all kale since that’s one of the best foods for you.
Natalie loves making green smoothies with “coconut water, kale, spinach and romaine lettuce mixed with apples, celery, or pineapple.” Both of our lives changed once we invested in a Vitamix Blender!
Does it change as you get closer to a competition?
NATALIE: No- not really. That’s a misconception I think people have about professional athletes; that they eat so differently than the average joe. Even the times I am not technically in training I didn’t eat any differently than I do now. I would just watch my portion size, because my body didn’t need the same number of calories.
Natalie’s ‘Go- to’ RECIPE:
Homemade pasta (Natalie swore that it’s not as hard as it seems but it always impresses your guests.) A ratio of 3:2, flours:eggs. Knead until smooth and run through a pasta machine.
What I loved about Natalie is that she’s not just healthy when she’s training for the Olympics- she leads an overall healthy lifestyle. It’s not a chore for her to wake up at 4:30 am to start training. She loves what she does and it shows in every part of her life.
Natalie Coughlin has partnered with LensCrafter’s ’Go See Campaign’ to help spread the word about living a healthy lifestyle and the important role vision plays in one’s overall health.
Natalie gave me some tips on what to eat to keep your eyes healthy: Vitamin A, luteins, omega-3s, Eggs,; kale and dark leafy greens.