In connection with Norway Cup , the biggest and best football tournament in the world, I will write a few blog post about how I live as a football player. It will mainly be about diet, training, focus and preparation for games, and in these posts I’ll tell a bit about how my life is. The first thing I will tell you about is diet, because diet is extremely important if you are to engage in sports. In all situations where there is competition people will attemt to gain an advantage, and common for most people who live out the dream and become a pro football player is that they have taken their diet seriously and gained an advantage there. I am very focused about what I eat because I make my living of performing on the pitch, and to do so I have to watch what I eat.

I get up at about eight o’clock every morning and eat breakfast, I normaly eat a box of mackerel in tomato sauce or two eggs, and have a cup of tea. Then I go into training so I’m there about half past nine, where I eat an omelette and some beans. Then I have had plenty of both proteins and carbohydrates. After training I like to eat chicken or fish, because right after training it is important to consume plenty of proteins. Between three and four o’clock I go home, and then I eat a salad for a light meal. About seven or eight o’clock I eat dinner. And before I go to bed about twelve o’clock I’ll probably eat som dark bread.

I eat fish almost every day, either on the training field or for dinner, and I eat vegetables at almost every meal. In between meals I eat some fruit, and I always have small cherry tomatoes or grapes in a bowl at home, so if I need a snack that’s what I eat. This is what works for me and you who want a healthier diet have to find out what suits you. I’m very moderate with candy and alcohol, but I have to if I’m to be able to play football in the Premier League. But it is important to give yourself a treat once in a while, and obviously I do too. But I never eat sweets more than one day a week. And I always drink lots of water, and I always have a water bottle with me when I go some places.

Morten Gamst Pedersen