Tara Lipinski’s Food Diary: What I Eat in a Day

06/25/2015 at 04:33 PM ET

Tara Lipinski
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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.

Hydration
Five 16-oz. glasses of water

Early Coffee
Grande Skinny Vanilla Latte from Starbucks

Breakfast (post-workout)
1 cup Complete Bran Flakes with ½ cup almond milk
Everything bagel scooped with 2 tbsp. whipped butter

Snack
¾ to 1 cup of cut cantaloupe and honey dew

Lunch
At Lemonade:
Half portion of the grilled salmon
Brussels sprout salad

Snack
1 can (12 fl-oz.) diet cola
2 dark chocolate Hershey kisses

Dinner
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

Total Calories
1,228

“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

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Ceecee on

I’m sorry but I hate these comments by the dietitians. These celebs list their daily menu with minimal calories yet they always have something negative to say. The diet soda that is pure poison doesn’t get mentioned…I guess if it has zero calories your golden.💔

Zeze on

2 Hershey kisses? Why bother?

A-H on

Ceecee took the words out of my mouth. 1200 calories and she should have less butter? I hate the diet scrutiny by these “experts”.

Dduellman on

She gets only 4 servings of fruits and vegetables, drinks diet cola and a coffee full of sugar and the so called diet expert singles out her 3 servings of carbs for breakfast as the bad thing? I hate stories like this. Why do I even read them.

Gina on

Sodas (including sodas) are deadly.

Lisa B. on

This is ABSURD…I agree with every commenter…as Amy Poehler and Seth Meyer would say REALLY…People Magazine…REALLY? I was thinking that too…it’s worse to have diet anything or synthentic form of products/sweetners. You are better off having the actual food itself like the butter she has here. I don’t see this ‘expert’ saying she could replace that diet soda with flavored Seltzer Water (Trader Joe’ makes great ones or even store brand that have zero sugar,sodium, natural flavors and or/Soda Stream where you can make Seltzer) and can add more lemon juice and other fruits to give it more of a kick or have the actual REAL version of the soda. I mean going on and on about too may carbs…she scoops the bagel insides out for the love of God…and you need your carbs/good carbs when you are active and work out/do high intensity workouts. I think they should do away with this entirely and also stop publishing it in their printed magazines. I can’t take another one of these…I read what a model ate in a day and they were saying she wasn’t eating enough but if you have an impressionable young girl or woman (even male) that reads that and goes…well, she is fit from that I should start following what they are eating so I can achieve that figure and lose weight…just guess where they are headed for? Another time I read a model’s “What I Eat In A Day…” and I thought how is she functioning all day on that…who even thought of this to begin with? I know we as the public are curious to know what our fav stars or celebs eat in a day but if your self-esteem or own food issues aren’t healthy they can influence you to a disturbing relationship with food. People Mag, “What I Eat In A Day” will no longer be ingesting this article or anymore like it. Thanks! Why did I click on this because I was curious…everyone eats differently for what applies to them and I think these alleged experts need to also get on a diet of zipping up their mouths.

Marianne on

This whole section should be taken off your page! Not only does what Tara eat not matter but the comments breaking down what she eats are what’s wrong with the on-going struggle with women’s self image. Let’s celebrate women, all shapes and sizes instead of breaking them down! For what they are/not eating!

Kass on

Umm.. 1,200 calories? For an athlete? For ANYONE? As a female athlete I know better than to eat anywhere near that low.

Dru on

Sounds like starvation. I can do that too, once or twice a week.

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