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mesaSteeler
07-27-2009, 08:35 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers' Diet Secrets Revealed
Chocolate Milk A Pre-Game Must
http://www.wpxi.com/sports/20194628/detail.html

Posted: 5:56 pm EDT July 27, 2009Updated: 8:00 pm EDT July 27, 2009
PITTSBURGH -- With training camp starting this week, the Pittsburgh Steelers are working hard to get in shape. And, as Channel 11 found out -- the players are working very closely with one woman to improve their game. She's UPMC dietitian and Steelers nutritionist Leslie Bonci.

Bonci makes up food programs for many of the players.

"This is the equipment -- it's not the pads and the helmet -- it's what's going in to the body so they can be strong and they can be fast and they can last and they can win when they're on the field," said Bonci.

Bonci reveals the Steelers have a different diet than most, and some of their must-haves may seem a little strange.

"We've got a lot of guys who are salty sweaters. And, people who lose more salt tend to have more muscle cramps, so for some of them, they need to use more salt on their food -- maybe soy sauce or eat some pickles," said Bonci.

Pickles and soy sauce are just part of the plan. Bonci said the players need potato or pasta for fuel, and they always have a big salad bar and fruit selection at training camp.

Fluid is also critical. For men, Bonci said the requirement is 125 ounces of liquid a day -- 6 water bottles -- or 15 cups of fluid.

Right before games, many players turn to old fashioned chocolate milk.

Bonci has her stars on the team. Safety Troy Polomalu gets the broccoli award for being one of the healthiest. Since January, quarterback Charlie Batch has made some big changes and followed a strict plan from Bonci, starting with what he can no longer have.

"No. 1 calamari and No. 2 Caesar salads. She says you can have one or the other but not both, and that's something for me. I'm like, 'Why not,'" said Batch.

Batch has also stopped eating late night gummy worms and said at training camp, he'll be watching his back.

"I just know whenever we're in lunch, you look and maybe want to cheat. It just seems like as soon as you want to cheat and grab that food or dish that shouldn't have, she mysteriously appears, and you are just kinda standing there like, 'Hey Leslie how are you,'" said Batch.

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fansince'76
07-27-2009, 08:45 PM
Nothing about Big Snack's diet? :chuckle:

JackHammer
07-27-2009, 09:35 PM
Nothing about Big Snack's diet? :chuckle:

As soon as I saw this thread title and that it had 1 reply, I knew it was gonna be about Hampton. It pisses me off too. I wanted to be the one to say it ::doh:

NJarhead
07-27-2009, 09:44 PM
Nothing about Big Snack's diet? :chuckle:

These columns are only afforded so many words Bro. :laughing:

RoethlisBURGHer
07-28-2009, 02:28 AM
I thought this was gonna be one big Big Snack joke.

sherlock
07-28-2009, 03:16 AM
Gotta say that fitness,training and nutrition is miles ahead in the States.
I remember watching a clip about Troy`s rehab following an injury and was taken aback by the regime he was undertaking....some of the machines he was using seemed positively futuristic!
FWP`s rehab seemed to be completed very quickly and Ben seems to get patched pretty rapid also.
I don`t know if you are aware but the England rugby coach,Martin Johnson,is a real big AF fan(49`rs I`m afraid) and intends to incorporate much of it`s training into his team`s fitness regime.

http://www.skysports.com/story/0,,12325_4190017,00.html

Galax Steeler
07-28-2009, 04:45 AM
Pickels and soy sauce I think I will let them have that.:yuck:

redst3
07-28-2009, 07:10 AM
How much things have changed---my boss had a "cup of coffee" with the Atlanta Falcons back in 1969-1970 (he roomed with Jeff Van Note). He told me the Falcons had those tall smoking stand ashtrays in the weight room!

Then again, those were hideous Falcons teams----maybe that explains why. I dont think diet was a priority

:-)

fansince'76
07-28-2009, 07:30 AM
How much things have changed---my boss had a "cup of coffee" with the Atlanta Falcons back in 1969-1970 (he roomed with Jeff Van Note). He told me the Falcons had those tall smoking stand ashtrays in the weight room!

That reminds me of a story I read quite a while ago about Ted Hendricks having a contraption that would hold his beer cans while he was using the weight machine. :chuckle:

Texasteel
07-28-2009, 08:03 AM
That reminds me of a story I read quite a while ago about Ted Hendricks having a contraption that would hold his beer cans while he was using the weight machine. :chuckle:

I have my frig full of that same health food.

HometownGal
07-28-2009, 08:53 AM
"No. 1 calamari and No. 2 Caesar salads. She says you can have one or the other but not both, and that's something for me. I'm like, 'Why not,'" said Batch.


Because the calamari breading and dipping sauce has tons of sodium and calamari is deep fried which means its loaded with saturated fat and calories. The squid by itself without all of the added gunk is fine. Caesar dressing is also loaded with sodium and high in fat content. A younger player could get away with eating that stuff but Batch is in his mid 30's and the evil stuff doesn't metabolize the way it used to.

"I just know whenever we're in lunch, you look and maybe want to cheat. It just seems like as soon as you want to cheat and grab that food or dish that shouldn't have, she mysteriously appears, and you are just kinda standing there like, 'Hey Leslie how are you,'" said Batch.


I know where he is coming from here. Every once in a while, I'll go to the local Chinese buffet and put a few things on my plate that I really shouldn't and lo and behold - my trainer (and the guy who owns my gym) shows up out of nowhere with his family at the buffet line and I want to crawl under one of those gigundo oriental planters. :chuckle:

The_WARDen
07-28-2009, 09:05 AM
:doh::doh:

4 days and counting til this nonsense ends...

:banging::banging::banging:

The Lakelander
07-28-2009, 09:16 AM
Speaking of Big Snack ... any predictions on his Day 1 camp weight this year?

... I'll wager he's at 370.

drucifer
07-28-2009, 10:39 AM
Nothing about Big Snack's diet? :chuckle:

That's because every interviewer that's ever asked him about his diet has been eaten immediately! :tt02:

mulldog24
07-28-2009, 10:57 AM
Speaking of Big Snack ... any predictions on his Day 1 camp weight this year?

... I'll wager he's at 370.

I'm gonna cut Big Casey some slack and i'll guess about 350!:laughing:.........Cmon Snacks don't fall for that late night Krispy Kreme commercial!!:toofunny:

Texasteel
07-28-2009, 04:34 PM
That's because every interviewer that's ever asked him about his diet has been eaten immediately! :tt02:

Now thats not fair. I heard he cut his daily intake down to two Water Buffalo's, and a small Hippo.