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How Performance Eating Empowers Athletes: An interview with Grant Milling

Grant Milling is no ordinary athlete. Yes, he's one of the best Roller Derby athletes in Australia, but his journey isn't all smooth sailing. He also struggles with a debilitating autoimmune-type of arthritis. With this, he had to make very drastic changes in his nutrition and daily routine. Here's his story on how he became a part of our community.

Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do. 

I have a disease by the name of Ankylosing Spondylitis (start off on a positive!!). It’s at times debilitating, though with proper management and exercise, it’s been one of my greatest assets and motivators. 

I have represented Australia in Men’s Roller Derby since 2014, including 3 World Cups, placing third at the last two competitions. I also skate with the Brisbane City Rollers, currently ranked 2 in Australia but hoping to change that soon. 

I guess I’m considered as one of the smaller people for the role I play in my sport; often coming up against people much larger than myself. So I try very hard to package as much power into the body I have.  

I’m a Civil Engineer for my work. 

1. When did you get started on PE? What was the reason for it?

I started PE back in 2015. My partner and I are were both looking for healthy food options that providing the right fuel for our active lifestyle. We’re both Vegeterians, and professionals, so this achieved the perfect balance of eating clean & well, whilst maximising the time we get to chill out together. 

2. How important is eating healthy in your daily routine?

For me, very. My AS is easily triggered by some foods (sugars, starch for example), so having access to good food & knowing what I will get out of them is important to me. 

3. How important is having your meals delivered compared to doing meal prep, grocery shopping, etc? 

It saves a lot of time, particularly with training routines, we don’t have a lot of free time through the week. I do miss out on Little Shops though! 

4. How was PE helped you in your training and performance? 

It keeps me well fed with a variety of options. I’ve always got some good food available just a short microwave away. It’s also helped me put on approx 7kg of good weight. 

5. What would you advise to people struggling to eat healthy?

I think people need to do what makes them happy & eat what makes them happy. I was in a position where I simply had to eat better due to a medical condition, so I’m not going to get up on a pedestal on this one. 

Try it, see how it makes you feel. 


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