Serena Williams Is Over Pasta Thanks to Her Tennis Career

It goes without saying that Serena Williams is one of the most naturally talented athletes of all time. The grace and power with which she plays tennis is reminiscent of no one before her; she truly is a one-of-a-kind, generational talent. Having said that, to credit Williams’ success solely due to her natural ability is to minimize the incredible amount of hard work she put into becoming the best in her field. Williams spent years training for greatness from an early age. That meant getting in peak physical condition. It also meant watching what she ate and taking care of her diet. There’s one popular food Serena Williams is now “over” thanks to her tennis career — and that’s pasta. Keep reading to learn more about her eating habits.

Williams has a reasonable approach to healthy eating

Williams sat down with Women’s Health to talk about her diet and her approach to eating. Rather than focusing on food itself, she instead sees food as something to help her live more effectively. “My philosophy is eat to live. Don’t live to eat,” Williams explained. She added that, “I want to have a healthy lifestyle and, so you know, [I’m eating] a lot of greens and mostly plant-based lately, just super healthy stuff.”

Williams tries to avoid eating foods repetitively, which is why there’s one type of food she doesn’t care for anymore. 

Serena Williams doesn’t ever want to see pasta again

Serena Williams
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Pasta is one food Williams barely touches anymore. As delicious as pasta can be, her reasons for not touching it have little to do with the fact that it’s a carb. While some athletes shy away from carbs at times to avoid packing on the pounds, Williams doesn’t like to eat pasta now because of how much she made it during her tennis heyday. 

When Williams was preparing for a match, she’d need to “carb-load” to give her the proper energy needed to compete. Whereas most people who overeat carbs may become overweight, athletes who expend an irregular amount of energy use them to keep them fueled and competitive. That left Williams often turning to a pasta dish for energy, and she’s tired of it at this point. 

Williams said, “The only time I eat pasta is when I’m playing/training. Usually, you’ll never see me eating pasta otherwise. ‘Cause I feel like I’ve had to eat it so much in my career. It’s just like, I never want to see pasta again.”

It’s hard to blame Williams; eating too much of one thing can turn anyone sour on any food item, no matter how delicious it is. But that begs the question: If she doesn’t like pasta anymore, what are some of the dietary habits she does have? 

What are Williams’ other dietary habits?

To maintain her strength and stamina, Williams has to keep a balanced diet. She doesn’t always eat breakfast, as she’s often busy in the mornings helping her daughter Olympia start her own day. She tends to not eat until she gets hungry, which can sometimes occur later in the afternoon. Williams said she likes plant-based foods. Her lunches involve items like gluten-free bean burritos or bean burgers. 

For dinner time, Williams gives herself a variety of options and often takes to social media for “inspiration” on recipes to try. There’s one weekly ritual she loves to partake in, however: Taco Tuesdays. Williams also admitted that she has at least one guilty pleasure when it comes to snacking: Moon Pies. She claimed that if the treat manufacturer sponsored her, she’d be “bigger than any house on the planet!” 

Of course, Williams is able to enjoy things like that from time to time because of her great physical condition and commitment to good nutrition and training. Her diet is a master class in how to eat responsibly without starving oneself. 

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