AFL Players Diet - Daniel Jackson & Nathan Foley - Food Shopping



Some advice from current Richmond Tiger's players Nathan Foley and Daniel Jackson about how to fill your shopping cart up.

I agree that salmon and kangaroo meat are both excellent protein sources (kangaroo because it's very lean - ideal for those trying to restrict calories - and salmon because it's high in essential omega-3 fatty acids).

Full cream milk is good for those trying to add weight (higher caloric volume), but like Daniel Jackson said the calories do add up (if you are trying to lose weight).

Not a fan of cereals myself - even cornflakes and rice bubbles that Nathan Foley mentions having low sugar, still have overall low quality nutritional profiles. Rolled Oats are very good though and are great for a quick morning breakfast (check out overnight oats) with a protein shake.

Musashi Bars are OK, but I wouldn't highly recommend protein bars in general - they are poor bang for buck in comparison with meat, eggs, dairy or protein powder. In terms of nutritional quality with economy you are better off having a whey protein shake (with milk if you are trying to gain muscle or water if you are trying to lose fat) and a piece of fruit peri-workout IMO and it is probably cheaper as well.

Hydration is very important, but I'd only recommend sports drinks like powerade for long training sessions (particularly in hot weather where you lose a lot of electrolytes from sweating) or game day - during the day they are empty calories (don't do anything to curb

The Japanese and sandwich options that Nathan Foley suggests are OK (certainly better than McDonald's or Hungry Jacks meals), but if you are worried about restricting calories then they may not be ideal. Salads are a great option when you are out and want to find something that won't negatively impact your diet negatively - you can get them at McDonalds and Subway, as well as places like Sumo Salad. Another good option is to find a carvery where you can get a roast chicken or beef and boiled vegetables or salad.

Unfortunately, they didn't get into the vegetables and fruits sections and discuss the best options available and how to select, which was a bit disappointing - lift your game fellas!

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