Tia-Clair Toomey is one of the most successful CrossFit athletes of all time. Now she gives an inside look of what fuels her body through these intense workouts.
Toomey has reached heights previously unseen by any of her fellow CrossFit athletes. She is not only a winner of the CrossFit Games, which is hard enough as is. Instead, she had taken things further by winning the event for three times running, which is more than any other female competitor has achieved. Furthermore, with each year she seems to be improving, dominating the competition at every turn.
As a result of finding this success, people naturally wonder what type of diet an athlete like Toomey maintains. Well, the answer to that question may surprise you. Instead of consuming a large amount of calories, and eating several times a day like other CrossFit champions, she only consumes 2000-2500 calories per day. However, in her opinion, it is not about how much she eats, instead of finding importance in the specific things she consumes, and when she eats them.
Tia-Clair Toomey packs on the protein and carbs throughout the day. Her diet usually breaks down into 140-150g of protein 230-250g of carbohydrates and 65-70g of fat. In fact, as she explained in a recent interview when she started working with nutritionist Simone Jane Arthur, she really began to realize how important the specific things of her diet are.
“I have a coach that I trust and can confide in whenever I may be wanting to indulge in something that probably would ruin my recovery and how I feel,” Toomey says. “She’s educated me on how important it is to listen to the body and reading the ingredients. That was a huge eye opener.”
This is how the diet of Tia-Clair Toomey breaks down.
First thing in the morning, Tia-Clair Toomey drinks a glass of water with lemon. She tops that off with some apple cider vinegar gummies, before heading to the kitchen for breakfast. Although she has been known to wait until after working out, before getting breakfast. Nevertheless, when the time comes, she will sometimes enjoy a bowl of oats with various fruits, like strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries. On the other hand, this is not her favorite breakfast to have.
“I also really like scrambled eggs with turkey bacon and avocado and sourdough toast. That’s my go-to, favorite thing to have.”
After being satisfied with her healthy breakfast, Toomey is good to go until lunchtime. However, when it comes to her midday meal, she almost always goes for stir fry. Using coconut oil, she loves to pack her stir fry with all kinds of vegetables and proteins.
“I really love to cook up a stir fry with all the vegetables,” she says. “I can put in as many vegetables as I like, and then add a different source of protein.”
If she is not feeling like having stir fry, Toomey will also enjoy steak with asparagus and potatoes. Either that or she has eggs on a bagel.
“We’re just trying to make sure that I’m fueling the body with wholesome ingredients of fruit, vegetables, and good proteins, like chicken steak, or fish.”
Tia-Clair will also often use her leftovers from this meal to refuel after hard gym sessions.
When it comes to the last meal of the day, Toomey mostly tries to keep things light. She will usually have a good piece of steak or salmon, on top of cooked kale with a sprinkle of salt.
“It’s light and satisfying and healthy. I try to have a smaller dinner, so I’m not going to bed on a full stomach.”
Toomey will have this a few hours before heading to bed around 9. Then she gets up the next morning and does it all again.
Tia-Clair Toomey also supplements herself throughout the day, using protein shakes, and bananas to keep her body energized. Nevertheless, this is an overall small diet for someone so athletic. But if her results are any indication, it is clearly working for her.