Gabby Douglas Can’t Wait to Have Pizza After the Olympics Are Over


Remember eating a ton of spaghetti made by Joey’s mom before a track meet in middle school? Yeah, these Olympian meals are nothing like that. In the lead-up to the Rio Summer Games, we spoke to five badass athletes about their good luck foods, what they eat the night before the biggest race of their life, and more important—how they celebrate after it’s all over.

We can’t be the only ones who watched Gabby Douglas with rapt attention in 2012, ignoring all vibrations coming from our phone, our mind racing with thoughts like, “Could I pull off a leotard?” “How does a person flip?” and “What the hell did she have for breakfast?”

So in order to answer some of these burning questions, we spoke with Douglas, 20, while she was training this spring. Now the Olympic Summer Games are a few days away—gymnastics starts on August 8—and Douglas is in Rio, back at it again.

With two gold medals in her back pocket, she knows that Olympic training is a game of consistency—she’s going for actual perfection here—and that trickles down into everything she does until she hits that chalk-dusted mat. Breakfast for her isn’t an open-the-fridge-and-see-what’s-there. It’s fuel for 5’2” of spring-loaded muscle. And as it turns out, it’s eggs, with a side of cereal, or maybe oatmeal. Always.

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“I only allow myself to have one cheat day where I get to kind of have—not whatever I want—but a little bit of sweets,” said Douglas, “I try to do six days a week of just no sugar, no sweets, no cakes, no cookies, or anything.”

She searches Pinterest for “healthy snacks” or “healthy meals,” and then screenshots a post and texts it to her mom, who will make it for her. “I literally cannot cook,” she …read more

Source:: Bon Appetit