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Eat like a Warrior
These athletes can teach dieters
The Sodexho staff cooks up meals made up by trainers and based on NCAA guidelines, so coaches don't have to play plate police. The menus are a balance of fruit, raw and steamed vegetables, salads, carbs and lean protein. Bananas are prized for potassium content, and fried foods are the big no-no. There are desserts of cake, pie and ice cream too, but consumption of these is negligible.
"As long as they're on the meal plan, they eat pretty healthy," said strength and conditioning coach Mel deLaura. "Besides, they're kids. Everything they eat they burn off."
But try to convince these guys they won't ruin their figures with a piece of cake.
"I try to keep myself healthy and I think everyone else here feels the same way," said receiver Chad Owens. "We got to, we gotta protect our bodies."
Like most local kids, Owens grew up on rice-and-macaroni-laden plate lunches. These days, he's taking the no-carb path. He'll eat lean protein, fruit and a big salad for lunch and dinner. "If I do eat rice it's brown rice," he says.
"We're well taken care of here. It's when we're out on our own that we get stuck, when you gotta make do with what you've got. I hate to do it, but sometimes you gotta go to the $1 (fast food) menu and just look for the best food."
In his fourth year, safety Leonard Peters has been trying for four years to gain 45 pounds, but has 10 more pounds to go to hit his game goal of 205 pounds. He's focusing on protein consumption "but not junk food, good food." That means, even with access to an unlimited supply of ice cream in the cafeteria, the dessert is a once-a-week treat for him.
Because he has to work so hard at gaining weight, his teammates sometimes tease him, but he says, "I don't care; I just run right by 'em. Probably when I finish playing college football gaining weight will be easy."
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