Sometime in this past month you have probably eaten at Applebee’s, Moe’s, McDonald’s, Chic-fil-a, Wendy’s or other fast food restaurants. As Minor League Baseball players, it is part of our everyday life. We are home for 3-8 days at a time, which isn’t enough time to validate going to the grocery store to pick up groceries. Then, we hit the road for 3-8 days where it seems like the only options available to us are the fast food chains within walking distance of the hotel. No matter how hard we try to eat healthy, we are constantly surrounded by unhealthy food. So how can we maintain a healthy diet throughout the entire season? I have been a Minor League Player since 2010 and it took me up until this season to finally find an acceptable answer to this question.
Growing up, I was the youngest of six children. Going out to eat was a rarity in my household because the cost to feed 8 human beings would have cost a fortune. I was lucky enough to have my parents cook for me every night. My family was big enough and my parents were lucky enough to buy all of our meats from a local butcher shop that sold meat at wholesale prices.
My father was a health nut in his days. He was a professional body builder and came third in Mr. America three years in a row. My entire family was very health conscious. To this day, I can honestly say that I have never had a fast food burger from McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, or any other fast food restaurants. (I had Five Guys burger twice and In-N-Out burger once). When I was a little kid, he would put protein powder in some of my meals without me knowing, to make sure I was getting my daily dose. I can tell you stories about how my dad fed himself to get ready for competitions, but this post will never end. However, I will tell you my story, about how I became the health nut I am today.
I can remember back when I was a junior in high school. I spent the whole summer traveling from city to city showcasing my abilities to earn a scholarship to a D1 college. It was the first time I spent an extended time away from home. After a month of eating at one chain restaurant to the next, I came down with Mono. Now I am not saying that I got Mono directly from eating this food. But it was the first time in my life that my immune system was weak because I wasn’t fueling my body with the right nutrition.
Two years later, I was at college for the fall semester. With an unlimited meal plan to our school cafeteria, I was eating large amounts of foods that I rarely ate. Once again, a month into the semester, I came down with a serious illness that was unknown. I went for a bunch of tests but doctors couldn’t find the problem. In a matter of two weeks, I lost 25 pounds because I couldn’t hold food down.
Since that day, my diet changed for good. I started watching what I was eating, but the transition wasn’t easy. I would hear things like oatmeal is good for you. So I would eat oatmeal, without ever doing research. It wasn’t until this past offseason that I really started getting into nutrition. My wife is in Chiropractic school and part of her curriculum is to learn about nutrition. She would tell me things and I would disagree. But then she would show documentation of the evidence supporting her argument. You can’t argue facts. Slowly, I started doing research on my own and was discovering amazing foods that made my body feeling unbelievable. Little by little, I started implementing these foods and recipes into my diet. By the time the offseason was over, I dropped 15 pounds and added a bunch of muscle. I felt better than ever.
For the most part, I have been able to keep my diet and eating patterns the same throughout the season regardless if I am at home or on the road. Through my research, I have developed a theory about how athletes get injured. The link below will go into that. The evidence in the theory is based on clinical findings through extensive research.
Going forward, I will be publishing some guidelines, recipes, and food alternatives to help you keep your body strong and healthy throughout the season. I am happy to be brought on board of the Cup Check, and look forward to sharing my findings with you guys. Best of luck during the Dog Days, and finish the season strong!
Protect the goods,