Olympian Picabo Street on Retirement and Diet

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Olympic Gold Medalist Picabo Street On How Life Has Changed Since Retiring From Competitive Skiing

High level athletes experience so many amazing experiences.  They pay a price in the wear and tear on their body but my guess, they’ll live with it for the experience.

When I retired, I had to figure out the absurd reality of how little food we actually need as a human being to make it on a daily basis. It’s so little, and I was so on the other end of the spectrum, and that’s been a big shift for me, to start eating that little of food and to get through the mental process of, “I’m not depriving myself, I’m not punishing myself, this is just all I need.”

I can’t run, because my knees hurt too much. I can’t just go out and go for a jog — I’ve put [my knees] through too much. So I have to ride my bike or go swimming. I’ll do little sprints in the yard with my kids and stuff, but my days of going for a jog have long been over.

Meditation is tough. It takes a lot of self-discipline. The bottom line of meditation is: You’re going to focus on something until it changes. And if that’s an itch, you’re going to focus on it until it stops itching, without you having itched it. That kind of level of discipline and self-control is not required of us anymore in our everyday lives; therefore, we’re getting farther and farther away from the reality of being able to do it.

Welcome to our “Like An Olympian” series. During the 2014 Sochi Olympics, HuffPost Healthy Living will take a look at lifestyle and fitness lessons from competitors, coaches and former Olympians alike. Three-time Olympian and 1998 super G gold medalist Picabo Street will be working with Fox Sports as an […]

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