As a former Olympic athlete, Tara Lipinski has always been aware of what she eats.
“Since exercise and diet have been a part of my life since I was young, I know balance and moderation are key,” the 5’1″ figure skater tells PEOPLE. “One of the biggest lessons I learned from my athletic career is that I must listen to my body to stay at peak performance levels. But when I need to splurge, I splurge. And then when I need to bring it back to greens and fruit, I do.”
And what exactly does a splurge look like for the creator of the lifestyle blog Essentially Tara? “I don’t have a cheat meal, but rather, cheat snacks: a bagel, Hershey’s chocolate or my obsession, diet cola.”
Check out her daily food log below — and pick up the new issue of PEOPLE (on newsstands Friday) to read more about her diet.
Five 16-oz. glasses of water
Grande Skinny Vanilla Latte from Starbucks
1 cup Complete Bran Flakes with ½ cup almond milk
Everything bagel scooped with 2 tbsp. whipped butter
¾ to 1 cup of cut cantaloupe and honey dew
Half portion of the grilled salmon
Brussels sprout salad
1 can (12 fl-oz.) diet cola
2 dark chocolate Hershey kisses
1 egg and 3 egg whites (free range, cage free) with ¼ cup tomatoes, ¼ cup onions, ¼ cup peppers and ¼ cup chopped spinach
“It’s great that Tara is working out in the morning and fueling afterward, but bran flakes and the bagel are too many carbs,” says dietitian Keri Glassman of NutritiousLife.com. “And while butter can actually be a good way to get in some fat, I’d like to see her go for 1 to 2 teaspoons.” As for lunch, Glassman says Lipinski is doing a “great job but can add a whole grain salad for more nutrients.” She also praises Lipinski for picking her sweet indulgence wisely: “Chocolate has antioxidants!” For dinner, Glassman likes the combination of lean protein and veggies but suggests Lipinski up the amount of food.
NOTE: It is recommended that women eat at least 1,200 calories per day, and men should eat at least 1,800 calories per day.
–Michelle Ward Trainor