What "Real Men" Eat

I’m a guy’s guy. I lift weights, I watch football, and, I can quote lines from The God Father, but, I don’t eat what many would call "manly" food. I eat spinach over steak and blueberries over bratwurst. In fact, here’s what I ate yesterday:
Chocolate pudding made with bananas, seeds, nuts, coco-powder, avocado, spinach, lettuce, dates, and unsweetened almond milk. Plus a shot of pomegranate juice!

A small salad; Romaine lettuce, carrots, tomato, red onion, avocado, with some random seed-based dressed I came up with, and a nectarine.

Some water sautéed broccoli rabe and sliced garlic with a tablespoon of olive oil and a bunch of garlic powder. Oh, and I had a banana later in the evening too.
Now, I ate all this and you’ll still find me shouting at the basketball game on TV and playing fantasy football. Speaking of sports, check out how these uber-men of the NBA and MLB are shaping up of their diets. From Sally Squires of The Washington Post:
Washington Wizards’ Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler, have hired personal chefs to assist them at the dining table. "Your body is your temple, so you want to keep it as fresh as possible," Butler says. "Eating right gives you an edge on your opponent."

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Ray King has learned that lesson, too. Concerned that extra pounds were throwing him off balance on the mound, he changed his habits during the offseason. Not only did King work out, he also stopped drinking soda and swapped greasy, fast-food burgers for salmon…

...The Pittsburgh Pirates first added rice and beans to their menus when Dominican-born players requested them. The low-calorie, high-protein meals proved so popular that they are now standard fare. That move paved the way for other foods when the team opened Pirate City, its new training facility. Now vegetable kebabs, stir-fries, steamed vegetables and a salad bar with a wide range of greens are popular items, Leslie Bonci, director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
I’m not a Wizards fan, but Gilbert Arenas is the man! Kansas City Chiefs tight-end Tony Gonzalez is pretty cool too. He went vegetable-based and had lots of success: Gonzo Gone Veggie.
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Shelly - February 20, 2008 11:07 AM

I'm a 43-year-old, 130 lb. woman, and I maintain my weight on a lot more than what you ate yesterday. I'm on my feet running around all day as a nurse, and I work out 8-10 hours a week doing cardio, weights and yoga so I burn up more calories than most people I know, but I would starve on what you ate yesterday. Are you trying to lose weight, or do you maintain your weight on a diet like that?

Gerry Pugliese - February 20, 2008 12:15 PM

Hey Shelly-

Well, I don't eat exactly that everyday. That's just one example of my typical daily diet.

Yeah, it sustains me. Even with my heavy workout routine (which is extremely similar to yours). I'm not actively trying to lose weight, but if a few extra pounds go bye-bye--thats cool!

If you sit and think about, it is a lot of food. Breakfast is a lot of fruit. Lunch is a bit light, but I don't like a big lunch. Dinner, well let's just say its a whole lot of greens.

Does that answer your question?


SueC - February 20, 2008 2:29 PM

You actually didn't specify any amounts of the foods you eat. Us ETLers know that can be a huge quantity of food. Sounds delish too. You go Gerry.

Gerry Pugliese - February 20, 2008 2:41 PM

Hey Sue-

Yeah, I probably should have. I talked about it a bit in my comment to Shelly. One day I am going to track my food for a week and make a post out of it. Good idea?


SueC - February 20, 2008 3:04 PM

Definitely a great idea. You were so inspirational when you wrote about how you turned your health around and now, how much later? How have you refined you eating style. That would be a good blog entry.

Peace always.


Sara - February 20, 2008 10:06 PM

Gerry- Don't forget your beans.

Gerry Pugliese - February 20, 2008 10:38 PM

Hey Sara-

Oh I eat plenty of beans--its ended relationships in fact--I had some vegan lentil chick pea soup my mom made today. So good!


Michael - February 21, 2008 10:28 AM

I have found that green peas and bean dips (because the beans are thoroughly blended and broken down) cut gas production down considerably. Now I just want to find dips other than hummus and sweet pea guacomole.

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