What Isa Halim, Geylang International Midfielder, Eats For Breakfast

Nasi Padang vs Pasta, which is better? Isa Halim, Geylang International Midfielder, shares his diet.

What's for breakfast today?

My choice to start the day is oats with two hard-boiled eggs and a cup of coffee. If I am really hungry, I throw in two slices of toast.

Sometimes, it can be a local fare but coffee in any shape or form is a must have to get the engine started. 

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Reasons for your choice of breakfast?

That’s simple. My day always starts with boiling and preparing my breakfast, and also tending to my baby’s needs. Then it is off to the shower to freshen up and by the time I’m done, breakfast is served.

In terms of diet, I try not to go too heavy in the morning, so that I don’t feel too ‘bloated’ for training or gym work.

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What do you usually take for lunch and dinner, and why?

The staple item on the menu for lunch or dinner is rice. I cannot do without rice even for a day. But to curb putting on too much weight, I limit my portion.

It doesn’t have to always be a ‘healthy’ option. I take anything from Nasi Padang to Chicken Rice, although I avoid spicy food if I have an evening training session. One routine is to have a tea break meal in between lunch and dinner. Some kaya toast and a coffee an hour before training to fuel up and allow me to go on the pitch with energy. 

On match days, I usually cook my own meals that are normally pasta-based or fish soup with rice.

As a whole, I try to do small portions of food throughout the day rather than bank it all on a big meal. 

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Any food or beverages you don’t consume? 

There is no list of drinks I don’t take. Not fussy but I believe everything has to be in moderation. 

Also, this is going to sound weird but I don’t eat cakes! There's too much sugar and they are always too sweet for my liking. Only exception is on my birthday, I guess.

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Your professional tips for an athlete’s diet? 

I don’t really follow any diet plan, but i try not to go crazy with fast food or soft drinks. I always feel that i eat to replace my energy and not to fully satisfy my hunger.

My motto is always to work hard and play hard. You work your socks off during training and matches but after that, try to have some fun and reward yourself.

For me i always reward myself with waffle and a scoop of ice cream. Have fun with it, if not it won’t last!

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