Dietician Looks After Steelers’ Eating Habits As Game Approaches
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Ever wonder what the Steelers eat to get ready for a big game?
As the team gets ready for their trip to Dallas and matchup with the Green Bay Packers, their dietician is talking about what she is recommending to fuel up for the game.
The Steelers are no ordinary football team, and they certainly don’t eat like ordinary people.
“It’s living in the land of the large,” dietician Leslie Bonci. “They are not normal-sized people, so they are not going to sit down to a fist of something or a palm size; well, it’s a relative palm size because it’s a mitt.”
Our Steelers exert tons of energy to play winning football. So, Bonci, who is the team dietician, makes sure they think about what they eat as well.
“It’s more than calories because someone could certainly achieve their calorie cap for the day. It’s more about the nutrient cap. What is in those calories that you are eating, because certainly, when we look at our opponent, we have to be on the field,” said Bonci. “You have to be fast. You have to be strong, and you have to have energy throughout.
But there are other considerations for fueling the machine that is a professional athlete, especially one with a superstition or two.
“We might say who would want to have chicken at 10 o’clock in the morning? But if you win with chicken at 10 o’clock in the morning, that’s what you are eating. Or even pasta in the morning, or I just want to have cereal before a night game,” said Bonci. “It’s not just about a lucky food; it’s about what feels comfortable.”
As the Steelers prepare for the biggest game of the season, Bonci and a team of chefs work to guarantee their feeding game-plan is perfect, too.
“There’s three choices at the end of the day,” added Bonci. “You ate the right amount. You ate too much, or you didn’t eat enough. Those are not the choices that are going to work for me. It’s the right amount, and certainly at this time of year for the next 11 days, it’s going to be right.”