Whilewe are in full swing with the Rugby World Cup we had some time with top rugby nutrition Matt Lovell, who has created the ultimate ‘Breakfast of Champions’ based on what professional rugby players eat to get them ready for the big games.
Where do you live in London and what do you like about that area?
I live in London Fields. I love that Hackney has lots of green spaces, it’s got Broadway market which is great for getting high quality food. It’s central but still quiet and has great transport links.
Tell us about your day job and how you got into it?
I’m an elite sports nutritionist, working with elite athletes and normal folk alike and have consulted the RFU since 2001. My interest in sports started at an early age when I began Karate at 12 and later trained as a personal trainer which developed my passion for nutrition. After studying at the Institute of Optimum Nutrition I started working with Millwall football club as a nutritionist and have been consulting ever since.
Tell us about the ultimate ‘Breakfast of Champions’?
The breakfast at Signorelli in East Village is an example of the best way to start the day if you want to perform to your maximum. Each dish has been crafted of foods that will fuel your body and keep you going all day with steady energy. All the dishes on the menu contain high quality proteins to keep you feeling powerful and colourful vegetables to protect your immune system.
Where do you like to go for food that can match the type of nutrition you need when training and what would be your ultimate breakfast?
I often go to Pod as they do a dish of superfood eggs with a big serving of spinach which provides me with the protein I need to start the day. My ultimate breakfast would be a smoked salmon omelette – similar to what you can find on the menu at Signorelli in East Village.
What would be your ‘perfect’ day in London?
Waking up and having breakfast with my kids and family, then going to the park and doing some callisthenics (body weight strength training). Then I’d break for a nice lunch, help a few people out with nutrition plans and have a siesta. In the evening I would probably go to a dinner party with friends and then get a good night’s sleep.