I like to start my day with a gym workout as it helps me wake up and feel energised. I usually do an upper and lower body workout with weights in the morning. I’ll also run through some mobility training to build my strength and avoid injury.
After my morning workout, I make my way straight to the Roosters office with a coffee (I cannot start the day without a coffee!). This gives me another quick hit of energy before I’m able to sit down and have breakfast.
By the time I get to the office, all I can think about is food! Depending on how I’m feeling that day, I’ll usually whip up avocado and poached eggs on wholemeal or soy linseed toast (can you tell I’m a millennial?). I like to have good carbs and healthy fats in the morning to help keep me fuller for longer.
10:30AM – 11:00AM: Mid-morning Snack
My snack is usually pretty basic and something that is easy to grab on the go. I like to either have natural yoghurt or fruit. I have the biggest sweet tooth so anything that has natural sugars is my go-to as it stops me from snacking on chocolate and lollies.
1:00PM – 1:30PM: Lunch
I LOVE sushi, so at lunchtime I’ll usually have salmon sashimi, a salmon roll and a seaweed salad. I like to make sure that I’m eating a combination of lean protein, good fats and carbs to help me prepare for my afternoon training session. I genuinely enjoy eating sushi, so I don’t really feel like I’m forcing myself to eat something because it’s healthy or will give me energy, so it’s a win-win.
3:00PM – 3:30PM: Afternoon snack
By the afternoon, I need to add more fuel to my body to make it count at training. I’ll usually grab a handful of nuts or have a protein shake in the car on my way to training. Eating nuts or having a protein shake helps me to stay full until dinner without feeling bloated. If I go to training without eating properly, I will not perform to the best of my ability.
5:00PM: Afternoon Training
My afternoon training is usually skills-based, including quick drills around tackling and passing. It’s a big conditioning session, with lots of running! I’m usually pretty lethargic heading into training, and this wakes me right up!
8:00PM – 8:30PM: Dinner
I think it’s so important to spend quality time with my family at dinner, so I always try to finish training on time to make it home for a family meal. As we eat quite late, we try to stay away from too many carbs at dinner (I compensate by eating a lot of healthy carbs throughout the day).
Most of the time we’ll have a stir-fry with plenty of vegetables like broccoli, capsicum and cauliflower and Steggles chicken. My family mean so much to me, so I really look forward to this time of day.
When you need to treat yourself
In the off-season, or if I feel like I really need to treat myself, my weakness is ice cream – nothing comes between me and a bowl of classic vanilla ice cream with chocolate topping.