Food for the Fast Lane / Derval O'Rourke

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Want to enjoy delicious food that fuels your body, gives you energy and powers your performance?

Derval O’Rourke is one of Ireland’s greatest athletes. She likes to eat and train, not diet and exercise. After devising a nutritionally balanced training menu with peak performance in mind, she gained boundless energy and a better ability to focus, both on and off the track. Here she reveals the recipes that helped her reach her professional goals.

Everything is intertwined. Cooking and eating well are vital for a happy, healthy life, and what you put into your body determines how you live and feel. So get ready to discover Derval’s theory for yourself: goodness in = greatness out. Eat like an athlete; perform for your life.

‘I’m so impressed with the taste of Derval’s dishes – they’re really fabulous and I can see how healthy and energy-giving they are’ Rachel Allen

Derval O’Rourke believes that in life, like sport, preparation counts for a lot. As both a foodie and fitness fanatic she is passionate about experimenting with healthy, nutritious recipes, which she shares with her many fans through her blog (, on Twitter (@DervalORourke) and now in this book.

Derval has held the title of World Champion in sprint hurdles and competed for Ireland in three Olympic Games. She also picked up four European Championship medals and holds the Irish record for sprint hurdles.

Derval recently announced she was hanging up her spikes for good after 12 amazing years competing at the highest level in world athletics. She lives in Cork with her husband, Olympic sailor Peter O’Leary, and her much-loved dogs, Berlino and Chaz.