Nicole Johnson and Michael Phelps will be getting married in the near future, but the former beauty pageant winner and the Olympic champion won’t likely be sitting down at the dinner table very often to share meals.
The couple announced their engagement this week after the most decorated athlete in Olympic history popped the question to his longtime girlfriend.
But though both Michael Phelps and Nicole Johnson — the former Miss California — have risen to the top of their respective fields, they took drastically different approaches (and diets) to get there.
In 2010, Johnson told the Thousand Oaks Acorn about her healthy regimen to get ready for beauty pageants:
“I eat five meals a day, low sodium, low sugar… oatmeal with honey and cinnamon instead of sugar and milk, egg whites for breakfast, a few almonds or an apple for snack, and brown rice with chicken and broccoli for dinner.”
Contrast that to the calorie-packing strategy Michael Phelps took when getting ready for the Olympics as read on Men’s Health:
“Phelps would wake up to three fried-egg sandwiches loaded with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions, and mayonnaise; two cups of coffee; one five-egg omelet; one bowl of grits; three slices of French toast topped with powdered sugar; and three chocolate-chip pancakes.”
The couple might be able to find some middle ground when it comes to eating. Michael Phelps has strayed a bit from his calorie heavy approach when getting ready for the 2012 Olympics in London, though he still found a way to cram thousands of calories each meal. And Nicole Johnson is done from the beauty pageant circuit.
While it may take some work to find meals they both can enjoy, Michael Phelps and Nicole Johnson have already been through a lot together. Nicole has stood by her now fiancé after he was suspended for six months from USA Swimming after his second drunken driving arrest. While he will be suspended from this summer’s world championships in Russia, Phelps is expected to be prepared to return for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
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