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Food Diaries: How a Nike Personal Trainer and Accountant Eats for a Day
Chris Perrin lives a double life with his two jobs. How does he stay energized? By Melissa Romero
Comments () | Published May 7, 2013

As Chris Perrin puts it, “I live a double life.” You may know him as a local Nike personal trainer, but from 9 to 5 he crunches numbers at a desk as an accountant. “These jobs are completely different,” he says. “One I’m up and about, the other I’m sitting on my tail.” That said, his diet has to be efficient and match his activity level. “Very little energy is wasted,” he says. He’s also a vegetarian. Read on to see what food keeps him fueled throughout the day.

Breakfast (5:30 AM): “My first client is at 6 AM. My go-to most mornings is three eggs on half of a OneBun topped with salsa. I spread chipotle barbecue sauce on each OneBun. I also have a coffee, black. I take the coffee with me and sip it throughout the morning.”

Snack (8:15 AM): “Before heading off to the 9 to 5 I typically try to shove some diced pineapple chunks into my mouth.”

Pre-workout (12:30 PM): “Not pictured here is Vega Energizer. I have one scoop of that with an apple and grapes. A half hour to an hour later I’m busting out some HIIT [high-intensity interval training] and weight training.”

Post-workout shake (2:30 PM): “After my workout I have a mixture of one scoop of Vega Vanilla protein, one scoop of Vega Recovery Accelerator, half a teaspoon of cinnamon, and a drop of raspberry-chocolate Stevia. It’s delicious and feeds my muscles!”

Snack (5:30 PM): “I have two hours of training ahead of me—I need some fuel. JalapeƱo hummus and carrots are a nice combo of carbs, fat, and protein. This is my favorite meal of the day!”

Dinner (8 PM): Egg, cheese, and salsa-stuffed bell pepper. “I make this at least once a month: scrambled eggs cooked with salsa, shoved into a baked bell pepper with some guac and cheese. I put down about two of these bad boys in one sitting.”

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  • chris perrin

    Getting a lot of requests for the Bell Pepper recipe. Here you go!

  • Julie

    I can relate to this...I am a part/time running coach and part-time lawyer, and similarly, one job is VERY sedentary, while the other requires boundless energy. Fueling and the timing of that fueling is so important! Julie

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