January 26, 2014

New Zealand cricket

New Zealand's health conscious poster boy

Mark Geenty, writing for Fairfax NZ News, finds out from Mitchell McClenaghan about his very specific diet that has played a large part in him becoming the team's wicket-taking machine of late.

"I try to do the diet 70-80 per cent, purely because I'm on the road all the time and it's quite hard to get exactly what I need," McClenaghan said. "It makes me feel less bloated and gives me more energy and it's helped me lose a lot of weight and get fit, and helped me get back to good health when I was injured." That means no hamburger and chips for dinner, but chicken, fish or steak with kumara mash and broccoli. Grain, sugar, dairy and carbohydrates are out, along with any processed food. The toughest to resist? "Definitely ice cream," he laughs.

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