Veteran US Olympic Swimmer Natalie Coughlin Raises Her Own Chickens

Well, that’s one way to ensure you’re eating organic. We love reading about Olympians’ insane 5500 calories-a-day diets as much as the next blog, but it’s also super cool to hear about Olympians’ foodie habits, too! Eleven-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin competed again this summer, aiding her team in the prelims of the 4×100-meter freestyle relay, which lead to a Silver Medal in the finals, and the swimming vet has developed some Braiser-approved methods of keeping her body in peak competing condition. Namely, amidst her rigorous training schedule, she finds time to garden her own veggies and raise her own chickens!

“Gardening is important to me because it allows me to grow a variety of fruits and vegetables that I can’t otherwise get at the market,” she told The Huffington Post. “I have an entire bed dedicated for kale and another for herbs. It also saves me money at the grocery store.”

Who doesn’t love a thrifty Olympian? And she insists that if she can handle a chicken farm, so can you.

“Raising chickens is a lot easier than you would think,” Natalie assures. “All they really need is shelter, some space to roam, food and water, and they give me a fresh supply of eggs constantly and provide excellent manure for my garden.”

No word on who slaughters, cleans, or preps the hens for grilling, but maybe that’s where she splurges at the grocery store.

[Huffington Post]

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