Disease Proof

Again, Our Athletes Just Don't Eat Right

As we found out last week, American professional athletes know next to nothing about nutrition. Tank Johnson can’t get enough beef sticks and summer sausage, Richard Hamilton loves his standard American diet, and Bernard Berrian is hooked on bacon and maple syrup. And apparently, many of the San Antonio Spurs eat poorly too. Claudia Zapata of the Express-New reports:
"Tony pretty much eats the same thing every day before a game," e-mails the future Mrs. Parker, Eva Longoria. Eva prepares Tony's "favorite lemon pasta," which he eats about 1 p.m. before he takes a nap.

So what's in Tony's "favorite lemon pasta?"

"It's very easy," says Eva. "Simmer one cup heavy whipping cream, one cup of beef broth, and let it reduce by a quarter. Then add a half-cup of fresh lemon juice. Boil your pasta of choice and put it in the sauce, letting it soak for 10 minutes to absorb. Et voila!"

Steak is another popular choice among the players and, according to Michael Finley's wife, Rebekah, the veteran All-Star is a real steak-and-potatoes guy on game day. "He always has a steak, a sweet potato and salad," she says.

Last, but never least, Bruce Bowen isn't just the most feared defender in the NBA; he's also pretty handy in the kitchen. Bruce prepares his own pre-game meal, and during a recent phone interview, he says it's always "steak, pasta, and some type of bean — red beans, black beans or green beans."

On the road, Bruce tries to find another combination of carbohydrates and protein, like a hamburger and fries, pasta with chicken or beef, or thin-crust pizza.

Meanwhile, eating five hours before game time gives him the most energy, Bruce says.
Hamburger and fries—WOW—they call that energy food! Have we entered bizzaro world?
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LLouise - June 7, 2007 5:14 PM

Makes me wonder if their short-lived careers could be extended and injury-related sit-outs minimized with proper nutrition.

Strange how I am often still guilty of automatically assuming athletes are in "good health." I always imagine it would be good business to have pros on the optimal eating plan...should be in the contract, no? What about nutritionists along with those club docs? Doesn't make sense, really.

Shoot, if I had a team, you betcha they'd be eating to live... Hmph...not on my dime, Boys and Girls!

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