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Renee McGregor – Sports Nutritionist

| Blog, Cycling Plus | 28/03/2013 11:21am

Get to know Cycling Plus contributor and registered dietitian and sports nutritionist Renee McGregor, who is based at the University of Bath Sports Clinic and Human Performance Centre

How did you get into nutrition?

My first degree was in Nutritional Biochemistry and I really enjoyed learning about how nutrition is processed within the body at a biological level; I wanted to be able to use this science and make it practical. I had a brilliant tutor at university who suggested I look into becoming a dietitian. I got accepted on a Postgraduate course and worked in the clinical area of nutrition for a number of years. However I have always been a keen sports woman so when the opportunity came up to study some more and get a post graduate qualification in sports nutrition I jumped at the chance – the rest is history!

Which teams do you work with at Bath University?

I am really fortunate at the university as I have been involved with a number of the teams including England netball, Badminton; GB swimming, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Beach Volleyball, university teams and athletes from hockey, tennis, track and field, judo as well as individuals who are looking to complete a personal challenge such as an ironman or an ultra-running distance or a cycle from London to Paris.

What sports are you personally interested in?

I love watching athletics, netball, tennis, cycling and i always enjoy backing my own athletes so if I get the chance I will always go and support tem when possible.
I am a club runner myself; my preferred distance is endurance – I am currently in the final weeks of preparation for London Marathon where I hope to beat my last year’s time of 3 hour 17 and 40s. I have also entered my first ultra distance this year and hope to complete the classic quarter, which is a 44 mile race from Lizard to Landsend!

How important is it for cyclists to eat and drink correctly?

If you take your sport seriously, regardless of what sport that is or what level you compete at or even just for personal achievement, what you eat and drink while training is crucial to ensure that you get the most out of your sport.

What would you suggest is the best food for cyclists to take on rides with them?

With cyclists, I always suggest that a combination of real food and sports food is ideal; obviously the amount will depend on the length of the ride and the type of event that they are planning to do. Some great options include marmite or peanut butter sandwiches, jelly babies, raisins and nuts, flapjack/oat based cereal bars, oatcakes and peanut M and Ms.

What is your favourite pre-ride breakfast?

My favourite breakfast is a wholegrain bagel with peanut butter and banana and a cup of strong black coffee.

What about recovery food?

If I’m racing or even after a real hard session I always aim to take on low fat flavoured milk within 15-30 min of finishing in order to start the glycogen recovery process straight away. I usually follow this with poached eggs or beans on toast.

Do you practice what you preach?

I do try and if you asked my husband or my friends, i think they would say “yes”

What is your guilty pleasure food?

Red wine and chocolate but not necessarily together!

To find out more about Renee and the work she does with Team Bath or to book an appointment with her click here.

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