Natalie Coughlin left the 2008 Beijing Olympics & the 2004 Athens Olympics as the most decorated female athlete, earning a total of 11 medals. Not only is Natalie one heck of a swimmer, she's also one heck of an interview. I talked to Natalie about how winning each Gold medal felt different, her break from swimming, her passion for food, and even her garden.
MindBodyGreen: What do you typically have for breakfast?
Natalie Coughlin: I usually have a huge pot of Irish oatmeal with distilled oats. I add a bunch of berries or blueberries in there and a little bit of coconut oil. I’ll have it every morning. It takes about a half hour to make.
MBG: What about lunch and dinner?
NC: Both vary... Though for lunch I’ll usually have a fresh salad. Ninety percent of my salads are made from ingredients that come from my garden.
MBG: You have a garden?! Please tell me more!
NC: When I moved three years ago to my current home, having a garden was on my ‘wish list.’
Right now I have four beds. One bed is always dedicated to herbs, another bed dedicated to greens, and the other two beds vary. I have a lot of peppers, onions, carrots, and zucchini. My husband loves to go out and grab sugar snap peas right from our tree. I also have five citrus trees. Basically I try to plant in any space that has any soil and sun. For me it’s a great way to wind down at the end of the day, -- I find it very relaxing. (Natalie pictured below in her garden).