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Eating healthy with Gary Roberts

Posted on: August 29, 2011 5:58 pm
Edited on: August 29, 2011 7:24 pm
RobertsBy: Adam Gretz

Even at 45 years of age and two years into his retirement former NHL player Gary Roberts is probably in better physical shape than most of the players that are still active..

He's a health food freak and workout junkie (and whatever other cliche you can think of) and has spent the past couple of years working with young NHL players -- perhaps most famously Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning -- to whip them into shape and improve their overall conditioning.

A large portion of that program is dietary, and James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail has an excellent piece highlighing the strict -- and limited -- diet Roberts instructs young players to follow.

Writes Mirtle:
Players are assigned a diet that has no wheat, no sugar, no soy and no processed or packaged foods. Everything must be organic, from deli meats on up, and the 26-item list of what players should eat includes goat’s milk, sunflower sprouts, mung beans, salba, chia and hemp.

While their workouts at Mr. Roberts’s High Performance Centre gym north of Toronto get most of the outside attention, players find that it’s what they eat that’s the most important part of the program.

“It’s nutrition, then body maintenance – treatment or yoga – and then it’s the training. If you don’t do the first two, the third one’s not going to work out that well,” says Mr. Roberts.
In other words: No late-night stops (or any stops) at the drive-thru window. I can honestly say I've never tasted a mung bean, and the only thing I know about them is that Creed Bratton once mentioned them on an episode of The Office and described them as, "very nutritious, but they smell like death."

You can check out the complete menu over at the Globe and Mail, as well as a couple of sample recipes that Roberts has players like Brayden Schenn, Jeff Skinner, James Neal, Jordan Staal and Cody Hodgson chowing down on to stay in top physical shape. I have to admit, I think I'm going to try some of them, especailly the shakes, including "Gary Roberts's Molten Chocolate Mousse" and "Steven Stamkos's Mango Mousse."

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2011 11:13 pm

Eating healthy with Gary Roberts

Hey Kingston_Rick, maybe you should educate yourself a little about the subject, before you make yourself look like a moron. Deli meats, freshly cut from organically raised poultry, beef and pork prepared meats, with no perservatives, do exist. Organically, by the way means, grown or raised with no artificial fertilizer, perservatives or steroids used in the process of getting it to your table. As for your GSP reference, different diet for different sport. W
ay more stamina required for a season of hockey than for what, 10 fights a year.

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2011 9:38 am

Eating healthy with Gary Roberts

What a pile of nonsense. "Deli meats" are most definitely not organic (whatever that actually means), and are heavily processed with additives and preservatives. Maybe Gary can do a fad diet infomercial and make a few bucks. BTW, GSP is on a vegan diet (and other fighters have switched to it as well), seems to be working out ok for him. I wonder what Gary's answer is to that?

Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: August 29, 2011 9:39 pm

Eating healthy with Gary Roberts

not for me right now, although i eat fairly well.............but if i had the contract these guys had, the workouts and diet should be part of their training, and should be expected from them.  I commend the players under this program but the NHL needs more of them with this dedication!

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