Jeffrey Westbrook/Studio D; Svend Lindbaek; Courtesy Perfect Foods
"What I eat affects my performance as an athlete, so I'm conscious of what I put into my body but not neurotic about it. I eat a lot of lean meat, fish, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. White devils (sugar, white flour, most dairy, and table salt) arent really part of my diet, nor is alcohol.
7:00 A.M. I have breakfast with my daughter every day. I usually have Caties Organic Greens (a powder packed with algae and green tea, equal to seven servings of green vegetables in every scoop, available at gotogabby.com) with water and either oatmeal with agave and cinnamon or an omelet made with whole eggs, feta cheese, and a pinch of mineral-rich Celtic salt. If I'm pressed for time, I'll make a protein shake with Muscle Milk protein powder and Caties Organic Greens, plus a slice of sprouted toast with almond butter. If I'm really lagging, I'll have a cup of kombucha tea or yerba mate with honey or agave, but otherwise I never have caffeine. I cycle my vitamins (about six different supplements in all) but always have two tablespoons of flaxseed oil in a shake and an omega-3 supplement, plus an antioxidant like Pycnogenol and glutamine to help my muscles survive strenuous daily workouts.
10:00 A.M. A Perfect Foods Bar or a handful of almonds and a piece of fruit on the way to the gym.
10:00 A.M. 1:00 P.M. I always work out in the morning. If I wait, I cant get into it. Several times a week, I work with a trainer, doing weights, isometrics, and exercises using a balance beam. Other days, I play volleyball for two hours on the beach or do a deep-sand run or a hike in the Santa Monica mountains. On Sunday, I'll take a spin class and then lift weights on my own for 30 minutes. If I can't get to the gym, I work out on my Pilates reformer at home for 30 minutes. I rarely take days off, and I constantly change up my routine to keep my body guessing. I had knee surgery in January, so three times a week I have physical therapy.
1:00 P.M. Lunch is usually pretty hearty: grilled chicken and vegetables with brown rice, or tuna fish or egg salad (made with vegannaise) and lentil soup. If I have a craving for something like a baguette with prosciutto, I'll have it at lunch.
3:30 4:00 P.M. For a snack, I'll have a piece of turkey or Parmesan, and I drink water throughout the day, sometimes with lemon.
7:30 P.M.We always have some kind of meat or fish with dinner, and we eat red meat once a week. Usually its roasted chicken or fish with vegetables (brussels sprouts, squash, et cetera). I always make a salad with nuts, fruit, and cheese. I rarely drink alcohol. When we go out, it's usually sushi. I'll have one hand roll with brown rice and some sashimi. If were going to a great Italian restaurant or if it's a special occasion, I'll indulge and order pasta or get something chocolaty for dessert.
10:00 P.M. I'll take some more vitamins, plus liquid calcium and magnesium to help me sleep. I try to have my head on the pillow for eight hours every night.