Allison Glock spoke to Ronda Rousey for ESPN and got the skinny on the champ’s eating habits, battles with body image and more. This might be the best and most interesting interview Rousey has ever done. Reading the whole thing is highly recommended. We’ll be posting more excerpts in coming days including Ronda’s plans for having children, what she likes in a man, a male celebrity she admires and much more.
Here’s the bit about the bites.
“I try to keep healthy-ish, but I’m so on point when I’m in camp that having a vegetable wrap would actually only be healthy-ish because of the wrap on it,” Rousey said.
Correia: Ronda is not all that people think she is
During an appearance on a Brazilian TV show, female bantamweight title challenger Bethe Correia confessed that she is not too impressed with Ronda’s game.
“Like last night, I got the fried calamari and I took all the bread off before dipping it, and that was my treat. And I had one little rip of the cotton candy because I thought maybe gourmet cotton candy would be different. It wasn’t. And I ate all the raspberries off the desserts. Everyone else had dessert. I ate the raspberries. And I wouldn’t even do that during camp. Let me show you what my training diet looks like. [Takes out her phone, pulls up a sample menu.] Here we go. 8 a.m.: Two teaspoons oat bran, two teaspoons chia seeds, two teaspoons hemp seeds; 10 a.m.: Train; 11:45: Post-exercise smoothie; 12 p.m.: Farmer’s scramble: one whole egg, plus two egg whites, two sides of turkey bacon; 4 p.m.: Snack: one apple, one-fourth cup raw almonds, one-fourth cup raw cashews; 6 p.m.: Train. Post-exercise smoothie, da, da, da. Before bed: Chamomile tea. Everything’s got an hour, an amount, everything.
“And instead of vitamins, I have this giant shake twice a day, so it’s all fresh vegetables and fruits: a whole beet, a whole apple, two carrots, four strawberries, one cup of blueberries, two handfuls of red grapes, one whole lemon, one handful of spinach, one handful of kale, one-fourth handful of parsley, two stalks of celery, two tablespoons of hemp seeds, two tablespoons of chia seeds, one tablespoon of coconut oil, one chard leaf, no stem.”
Rousey also opens up about her battles with body image issues and how she fought through it.
“Listen, there’s nothing wrong with your discipline or you just because you ate whatever. But if the best thing about your day is what you eat, there’s something wrong with your f—— day. What changed for me is I was always thinking I wanted to make my body look a certain way so I would be happy. But when I made myself happy first, then the body came after. It was a journey of self-discovery and trial and error.”
Ronda Rousey next defends her title against Bethe Correia at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 1.
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