What do healthy people eat: rugby player Ben Cullen | Liv

Ben Cullen, Hong Kong Scottish RFC

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Sum up your food philosophy in a sentence.

Eat the right food for your lifestyle, and make sure that what you eat also contributes towards your health and physical aspirations.

What do you usually have for breakfast?

I normally have two breakfasts: an egg-based breakfast pre-gym (eggs, tomato, avocado, whole wheat bread) and an oat-based breakfast post-gym with a protein shake (oats, blueberries, banana, peanut butter).

What do you eat on cheat day?

I don’t have cheat days. If I want a burger, pizza or McDonalds, then I’ll have one. I don’t save up all the junk for a specific day.

What three items do you always have in your fridge?

Chicken breast, tomatoes and capsicums.

What’s one thing you wished people knew about diet and nutrition?

The importance of micronutrients. Calories get all the hype, but a lack of vitamins and minerals can lead to health and performance issues, both short- and long-term.

What do you eat on the morning of a big game? And what do you eat afterwards?

My morning routine doesn’t hugely differ to a standard day’s breakfast. However I consciously consume more water than normal on game day. My pre-game meal is generally rice- or potato-based with chicken, veg and a small fat source – usually avocado. Post-game is oat or granola bars, banana and a protein shake. My main meal that follows a game generally depends on the logistics of where we’re playing and post-match functions.

What do you snack on when you’re on the move?

I don’t really snack much, but I’ve always got some fruit and a granola bar with me. If I’m on the move and need something I would probably pick up something from Pret A Manger: a smoked salmon and potato salad, or a nice sandwich.

When was the last time you ate McDonald’s?

Probably only a week ago unfortunately! My nutrition lecturer at university claimed she’s never entered a McDonald’s. I didn’t follow suit.

Last meal on earth: what would it be?

A double-patty beef burger, cheese, bacon, avocado, red onion, a little bit of relish and sweet potato fries on the side.

Ben will represent Taikoo Place Scottish Exiles at the GFI HKFC 10s at Hong Kong Football Club from April 6-7.