Prepare to eat right

If you're in training -- and I hope you are -- then you have to take care of yourself from the inside out. Give your bod the fuel it needs so you can have a successful workout.

I learned this firsthand. When I was training for the Olympics, I didn't eat the way I should have. I missed out on much-needed protein and opted for every easy carb. Now, don't get me wrong, I am not a carb hater…no way! I needed carbs back then and I still want them now. I just make sure to eat everything in moderation. Everything.

So, here's what I've learned about eating healthy when you're busy: It's all about preparation. Make your snacks on Sunday, and you will be good to go until Thursday or so. My favorites:

Hard-boiled eggs. We make a carton full and the entire family eats them on the go.

Almonds, cashews and pistachios. You can't go wrong with some nuts. The key word is some. Eat them one at a time, not by the handful.

Edamame. I get the frozen kind that are already out of the shell. After 2 to 3 minutes in the microwave, put them in a baggie and off you go.

Cut-up veggies. I slice up a ton of cucumbers, celery, carrots and red and yellow peppers. Keep them in your fridge so you always have something handy to curb your snack attack.

Fruit salad. I lived on it during my heavy training years. I would make a giant bowl and it would last at least three days. It's so refreshing -- add some yogurt and nuts and you have a quick, healthy meal. It's also an alternative to sweets at the end of the night.

Keep up the great work and eat healthy!

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