Health & Wellness

Pregame Health Routines from Pro Athletes

Like most of the country right now, I am drinking the World Series kool-aid and am planning my schedule around when they play next! Admittedly, I don’t watch a game until the playoffs begin and then I AM ALL IN!

I’ve always been a Yankees fan (oh those pinstripes!!!) and the old players- Andy Pettit, Paul O’Neill, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, Derek Jeter. C.L.A.S.S.I.C.

But the Yankees didn’t make it this year so I’m cheering on another team. Sort of. Both teams really. A life-long Texan, I’m for the Astros, especially in light of the recent hurricane. But Clayton Kershsaw?? I cannot be against him! And he’s a Texan and just a top notch guy. So I’m also for the Dodgers!

I started wondering what gives these clubs the upper edge. They all have incredible talent, the best managers and the most state-of-the-art facilities imaginable. So how do these players stay at the top of their game all season (and it is a LONGGGG season)?

I saw an article about the LA Dodgers and the way they have made a radical change in the players’ diets. Here’s what their cafeteria looks like.

Used to be, a typical pre-game meal was fast food or a sandwich. Now, they dine on grass-fed, organic proteins (from local farms), veggies and a starch. And after batting practice what do they have? Smoothies, nut butters and protein! All things that will help carry them through a game and give them energy!

What do they drink in the locker room? They used to have sodas but they have replaced them with organic, natural teas, fresh-squeezed juices, water infused with berries and kombucha!

No more margarine either…it’s been replaced by grass fed butter.

Sugar? Nope! No refined sugar to sweeten their day. Instead they have organic maple syrup.

Snacks? The granola bars, chips and candy are gone. Enter fruit, nuts and dark chocolate.

What about a post-game dinner? They have to be hungry by that time, especially when the games seem to go on forEVER!  Another fresh, organic meal is awaiting them!

So does this really matter? ABSOLUTELY! But just for elite athletes, right?

Bad food is bad food. It affects everyone, from the MLB MVP to the couch potato whose only exercise is to open the door for the pizza delivery man.

Here’s what the Dodgers have noticed (and it’s been proven in study after study!).

When you eat healthy food:

  • You have an increase in energy
  • You significantly reduce the risk of injuries
  • You regulate hormone production
  •  You have better sleep- quality and quantity
  • Your body repairs tissue much faster
  •  You have a reduction in body fat 

While you’re watching this series (and then your favorite football team and, oh ya, basketball is starting up!), think about some easy changes you can make. You don’t have to replace all your favorite comfort foods at once, but a little at a time, try something different.

The results you see will be the same results those athletes see. That’s why they keep doing it. They may miss chicken fried steak covered in gravy but they also know the end result!

Eat the peanuts but skip the crackerjacks!