In a recent article in azcentral.com, several Diamondback players acknowledge the importance of healthy eating and its positive effect on performance.
"If you put regular unleaded into a sports car, you're not going to get the same performance as if you use the high grade stuff," shortstop Willie Bloomquist said. "Same thing with us. If you're eating pizza and drinking beer every night, you can't expect your body to perform at its top capability every day."
It's important for athletes to understand the concept of "balance." With daily workouts, long practices, and late games, it's tough to have a perfect diet every single day. That's where planning comes into play. Planning nutritous meals and snacks- pre and post workout- will ensure adequate fuel and recovery for the athletes' active bodies.
The 80-20 rule is a great way to think about your diet. 80% of the time, athletes should focus on wholesome carbohydrates, lean meats, and heart-healthy fats. 20% of the time, have fun and enjoy your favorite dish... even if it is a bit higher in fat or calories that is typically recommended. Remember, it's all about "balance." Your body deserves a treat every now and then.
Food is your Fuel... use it to your advantage.
To read the full azcentral.com article, click here: Diamondback Article