Sports dietitian and professional athlete Lori Nedescu understands all too well how what you eat can enhance performance and help with training goals.
The 34-year-old races the world as a road cyclist and when she’s not on her bike she spends her time running marathons.
On top of this, the American professional holds a bachelors in dietetics and master’s degree in Human Nutrition so what she practices – and teaches others – is backed by science.
Speaking to Sporteluxe, Lori recently revealed her food and exercise regime and why ‘front-loading’ her meals puts an end to snack cravings.
Lori Nedescu (pictured) is an American professional athlete, a board-certified dietitian and a personal coach
The 34 year old races the world as a road cyclist and when she’s not on her bike she spends her time running marathons
An early start is a given for the athlete, as not only does she need adequate training time, she also spends part of her day coaching others.
As a confessed ‘morning person’, Lori said she wakes up at 6am each day and doesn’t need an alarm to do so.
Her day starts with a bottle of chilled water which comes pre-mixed with Athletic Greens (a powdered whole food supplement) and a range of supplements.
For maximum energy, Lori likes to indulge in a caffeine hit in the form of a double espresso made with a mix of goat and oat milk, collagen, cayenne and raw sugar
Ahead of training, she will prepare a caffeine hit in the form of a double espresso made with a mix of goat and oat milk, collagen, cayenne and raw sugar.
As she is currently training for a marathon, she said she will hit the road for a 20-kilometre jog and once this is done head home for breakfast.
Post-run Lori enjoys a ready-to-drink almond milk smoothie from Daily Harvest which includes a scoop of whey protein or alternatively she opts for overnight oats.
If Lori doesn’t opt for a ready-to-drink smoothie, her breakfast consists of overnight oats
Lori revealed lunch is her biggest meal of the day as she believes it’s better to eat more food earlier.
‘I fully believe in ‘front-loading the day’ (having more calories early on) and I do not like feeling snacky throughout the day,’ she told Sporteluxe.
She said she loves nothing better than a ‘very colourful and big salad or grain bowl’ packed with plenty and vegetables, nuts, seeds and protein.
An alkaline or sparking water usually accompanies this meal.
Lori Nedescu’s day on a plate:
On waking: Chilled water which comes pre-mixed with Athletic Greens
Coffee: Double espresso made with a mix of goat and oat milk, collagen, cayenne and raw sugar
Breakfast: Ready-to-drink almond milk smoothie from Daily Harvest or overnight-oats
Lunch: Colourful salad or grain bowl packed with veges, nuts, seeds and protein
Afternoon snack: Protein bar
Dinner: Grilled vegetables, grass fed steak and potatoes (smaller meal)
Daily indulgences: A glass or wine or wine or a mezcal negroni or piece of dark chocolate
A bright, colourful salad packed with veges, nuts, seeds and protein is Lori’s go-to for lunch
Lori’s shared her afternoons are as busy as her mornings as she coaches a high school cross country running team.
She said this is something that includes her running a few extra k’s so after a session she will top up with a small protein bar.
At 7pm she will make herself a ‘small’ dinner and said she tries to keep this mealtime set as there’s nothing worse than going to bed on a full stomach.
Lunch is a usually ‘very colourful and big salad or grain bowl’ packed with plenty and vegetables, nuts, seeds and protein
‘Typically, I have grilled vegetables, grass fed steak and potatoes. If not that, it is a variation of whatever salad or grain bowl I had for lunch,’ Lori said.
Although she’s a health fanatic, a glass of wine or a mezcal negroni isn’t off the cards while she cooks.
After dinner, ‘if she’s feeling particularly indulgent’, she’ll have a square of dark chocolate as dessert.
Lori said she understands her style of eating might not be right for everyone, however, it works well for her lifestyle and training requirements
Before bed, and to ensure she’d hydrated through the night, she will have a glass of water or herbal tea.
Lori said while she understands her eating habits might not be for everyone, the foods she consumes work well for her lifestyle and training requirements.
‘My eating style is diverse and focuses around quality; I eat animal protein but like to be plant -forward, mine holds several dairy and non-dairy milk options, and grains aren’t off-limits, but gluten is.’