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Digest Bayern München and Germany midfielder Lina Magull’s thoughts on nutrition, from pizza to protein powder

WORDS Dan Poole | PORTRAIT Ann-Sophie Kimmel

“Sushi. Definitely sushi.” We’ve just asked Lina Magull what her favourite healthy meal is. Then she tells us what’s on the flipside: “Pizza.” What, no sweet treats? “I don’t do sweet things. I find that once I start I can’t stop, so that’s why I try not to go near them. Except for ice cream. I make an exception for that, even in winter.”

The 28-year-old knows all about finding the right balance, having completed an 18-month nutrition course a few years ago. “It was really important for me because I had a few problems with my nutrition when I was younger,” she says. “A lot of it comes down to watching my calorie intake while making sure I still had enough energy for matches. It can be game-changing and if you take on the responsibility for it, you can get to know your body better.” 

Magull has taken her time with this process, trying different food and combination before settling on a suitable approach. “I’ve tried a lot of different diets such as the keto diet, which involves eating more protein and fat but fewer carbohydrates; I’ve also tried vegan and vegetarian diets,” she says. “Before that I was very wild and had never really thought about it. In the end I found that a mix of different things is what works best for me. 

"I don’t do sweet things, I try not to go near them. Except for ice cream. I make an exception for that, even in winter”
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“I try not to eat too many animal products; for example, I don't drink milk anymore. I’ve tried to reduce the amount of meat I consume and I have a lot of vegetables and fruit. I also eat a lot of carbohydrates because that’s the best source of energy. The same with good fats; I love nuts and avocados.”

The two-time women's Champions League winner (with Wolfsburg back in 2012/13 and 2013/14) also takes her nutrition to the next level, in the form of supplements to boost her health and fitness. “It’s important to take protein powder, creatine and collagen, and vitamin D in the winter – I highly recommend that,” she says. “Collagen is important for strengthening ligaments. I’ve had a few problems with my knees over the past couple of years, so collagen is there to strengthen the whole structure of my ligaments. Creatine is there so that I can
lift heavier weights without gaining too much
weight myself.”

And what about her top tips for Champions Journal readers? “I think it’s generally very important to eat fruit and vegetables every day,” she says. “And if you’re in the world of fitness you should take protein powder in water, milk or vegan alternatives after training. Mix it and down it; it tastes good.” 

That sounds like a good mantra to live by if you ask us: mix it and down it, people.

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Food

Fuelling up

Digest Bayern München and Germany midfielder Lina Magull’s thoughts on nutrition, from pizza to protein powder

WORDS Dan Poole | PORTRAIT Ann-Sophie Kimmel

“Sushi. Definitely sushi.” We’ve just asked Lina Magull what her favourite healthy meal is. Then she tells us what’s on the flipside: “Pizza.” What, no sweet treats? “I don’t do sweet things. I find that once I start I can’t stop, so that’s why I try not to go near them. Except for ice cream. I make an exception for that, even in winter.”

The 28-year-old knows all about finding the right balance, having completed an 18-month nutrition course a few years ago. “It was really important for me because I had a few problems with my nutrition when I was younger,” she says. “A lot of it comes down to watching my calorie intake while making sure I still had enough energy for matches. It can be game-changing and if you take on the responsibility for it, you can get to know your body better.” 

Magull has taken her time with this process, trying different food and combination before settling on a suitable approach. “I’ve tried a lot of different diets such as the keto diet, which involves eating more protein and fat but fewer carbohydrates; I’ve also tried vegan and vegetarian diets,” she says. “Before that I was very wild and had never really thought about it. In the end I found that a mix of different things is what works best for me. 

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"I don’t do sweet things, I try not to go near them. Except for ice cream. I make an exception for that, even in winter”
By

“I try not to eat too many animal products; for example, I don't drink milk anymore. I’ve tried to reduce the amount of meat I consume and I have a lot of vegetables and fruit. I also eat a lot of carbohydrates because that’s the best source of energy. The same with good fats; I love nuts and avocados.”

The two-time women's Champions League winner (with Wolfsburg back in 2012/13 and 2013/14) also takes her nutrition to the next level, in the form of supplements to boost her health and fitness. “It’s important to take protein powder, creatine and collagen, and vitamin D in the winter – I highly recommend that,” she says. “Collagen is important for strengthening ligaments. I’ve had a few problems with my knees over the past couple of years, so collagen is there to strengthen the whole structure of my ligaments. Creatine is there so that I can
lift heavier weights without gaining too much
weight myself.”

And what about her top tips for Champions Journal readers? “I think it’s generally very important to eat fruit and vegetables every day,” she says. “And if you’re in the world of fitness you should take protein powder in water, milk or vegan alternatives after training. Mix it and down it; it tastes good.” 

That sounds like a good mantra to live by if you ask us: mix it and down it, people.

Food

Fuelling up

Digest Bayern München and Germany midfielder Lina Magull’s thoughts on nutrition, from pizza to protein powder

WORDS Dan Poole | PORTRAIT Ann-Sophie Kimmel

“Sushi. Definitely sushi.” We’ve just asked Lina Magull what her favourite healthy meal is. Then she tells us what’s on the flipside: “Pizza.” What, no sweet treats? “I don’t do sweet things. I find that once I start I can’t stop, so that’s why I try not to go near them. Except for ice cream. I make an exception for that, even in winter.”

The 28-year-old knows all about finding the right balance, having completed an 18-month nutrition course a few years ago. “It was really important for me because I had a few problems with my nutrition when I was younger,” she says. “A lot of it comes down to watching my calorie intake while making sure I still had enough energy for matches. It can be game-changing and if you take on the responsibility for it, you can get to know your body better.” 

Magull has taken her time with this process, trying different food and combination before settling on a suitable approach. “I’ve tried a lot of different diets such as the keto diet, which involves eating more protein and fat but fewer carbohydrates; I’ve also tried vegan and vegetarian diets,” she says. “Before that I was very wild and had never really thought about it. In the end I found that a mix of different things is what works best for me. 

"I don’t do sweet things, I try not to go near them. Except for ice cream. I make an exception for that, even in winter”
By

“I try not to eat too many animal products; for example, I don't drink milk anymore. I’ve tried to reduce the amount of meat I consume and I have a lot of vegetables and fruit. I also eat a lot of carbohydrates because that’s the best source of energy. The same with good fats; I love nuts and avocados.”

The two-time women's Champions League winner (with Wolfsburg back in 2012/13 and 2013/14) also takes her nutrition to the next level, in the form of supplements to boost her health and fitness. “It’s important to take protein powder, creatine and collagen, and vitamin D in the winter – I highly recommend that,” she says. “Collagen is important for strengthening ligaments. I’ve had a few problems with my knees over the past couple of years, so collagen is there to strengthen the whole structure of my ligaments. Creatine is there so that I can
lift heavier weights without gaining too much
weight myself.”

And what about her top tips for Champions Journal readers? “I think it’s generally very important to eat fruit and vegetables every day,” she says. “And if you’re in the world of fitness you should take protein powder in water, milk or vegan alternatives after training. Mix it and down it; it tastes good.” 

That sounds like a good mantra to live by if you ask us: mix it and down it, people.

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