Live From Super Bowl XLV: What the Pittsburgh Steelers Are Eating Before the Big Game | STACK
X

Become a Better Athlete. Sign Up for our FREE Newsletter.

Live From Super Bowl XLV: What the Pittsburgh Steelers Are Eating Before the Big Game

February 6, 2011

Must See Football Videos

What’s fueling World Champion athletes? Food of course!

“Three days prior to competition is when nutrition becomes most important,” says Pittsburgh Steelers assistant strength and conditioning coach Marcel Pastoor. “Our standard practice is to have the athletes cut their caffeine intake to zero, absolutely no alcohol and increase the amount of water and Gatorade they drink.”

Pastoor, who is in his fourth year with the Steelers, credits nutrition as the key to the Steelers’ success.

During the season, all Pittsburgh athletes follow a strict dietary regimen, which they kick into high gear before games, especially the Super Bowl. “Sixty percent of an athlete’s diet, especially before competition, should be carbohydrates. Good complex carbs. The rest should be filled up good fats and proteins like lean meats,” Pastoor says.

The Steelers have chef-prepared meals closely monitored by Pastoor and head strength and conditioning coach Garrett Giemont. But how can a young, developing athlete eat like a professional?

“It’s all about making good choices," Pastoor says. "Like if you want to have pancakes for breakfast, that’s fine, but make sure you limit the butter and syrup. Don’t load up on unhealthy foods. And stay hydrated.”

Pastoor stresses one final point to Steeler players about to play in the Super Bowl—and to all athletes around the world while in training. “You are not eating to please yourself, you are eating for your game.”

Samantha Jones is a guest reporter from the University of Alabama. She is embedded with the Steelers as they look to take home their record-setting seventh Super Bowl championship.

Samantha Jones
- Samantha Jones is a graduate of the University of Alabama, where she earned her bachelor's degree in communication and information sciences. Throughout her scholastic career,...
Samantha Jones
- Samantha Jones is a graduate of the University of Alabama, where she earned her bachelor's degree in communication and information sciences. Throughout her scholastic career,...
Must See
How to Perform the Euro Step With Iman Shumpert
Views: 81,125
Antonio Brown Juggles 3 Footballs
Views: 1,085,272
Derrick Rose Explains How He Stays Positive
Views: 4,433,010

Featured Videos

Quest for the Ring: University of Wisconsin Views: 224,260
Path to the Pros 2015: Training Days Views: 117,335
Quest for the Ring: University of Kentucky Views: 388,894
Load More

Resources

STACK Fitness

Everything you need to be fitter than ever

STACK Conditioning

Sport-specific conditioning programs

Coaches and Trainers

Tips and advice for coaches and trainers

Magazine

Latest issues of STACK Magazine

STACK 4W

Women's sports workout, nutrition and lifestyle advice

Gamer

Gaming, entertainment and tech news

Basic Training

Military-style training for athletes

News

Find the latest news relevant to athletes

More Cool Stuff You'll Like

How to Deal With Your Sugar Cravings

One of the most common things that can easily cause people to get off track is not knowing how to manage cravings. Despite all your attempts to be a...

5 'Good Foods' That Might Be Bad for You

How Friends and Family Affect Your Food Choices

How to Eat Organic Without Breaking the Bank

10 Athlete-Approved, High-Protein Healthy Cereals

You Should Eat the Peel of These 12 Fruits and Vegetables

Spice Up Your Healthy Cooking With These Lively Combos

4 'Bad Foods' That Might be Good for You

Salad Showdown: Which Greens Are the Healthiest?

9 Athlete-Approved Peanut Butter Sandwiches

5 Protein-Packed Recovery Shakes

Vegetarian Athlete Tips: Olympic Swimmer Kate Ziegler

5 Foods That Are Stunningly High in Sodium

How Undereating Can Make You Gain Weight

STUDY: Eat More Fruits and Veggies, Live (Almost) Forever

5 Ways Junk Food Can Mess With Your Head

Terrible Toppings: The 5 Worst Things We Put on Food

A Sneaky Food Additive Athletes Should Avoid

12 Foods Every Athlete Should Eat

The Boston Cannons'

5 Ways to Fuel Your Early Morning Workout

The Case for Red Meat

The Grain Guide: How and Why to Use 8 Healthy Whole Grains

5 Delicious Ways to Make Junk Food Less Junky

Why You Need Dietary Fiber

5 Healthy Foods That Got a Bad Rap

5 Nutritional Power Combos for Athletes

Fuel Up Fast With 4 Smoothies From the New York Giants

6 Eating Mistakes That Undo Your Workouts

Small Change, Big Difference: 5 Foods You Should Buy Organic

7 Foods That Are Ruining Your Workouts

10 Easy Ways to Eat Real Food

The Healthiest (And Unhealthiest) Ways to Eat Chicken

11 Food Services That Deliver Ready-Made Nutritious Meals

5 Non-Boring Ways To Eat Chicken

Load Up on These Foods at Your Backyard Barbecue

5 'Healthy' Side Dishes That Are Worse Than French Fries

Healthy Makeovers for 3 Classic Meals

6 Healthy Foods You're Overeating

Are You Eating Too Much Protein?

The 6 Worst Foods for Athletes

3 Fruits and 3 Vegetables Athletes Must Eat

Healthy (and Unhealthy) BBQ Ideas For Athletes

Where the Paleo Diet Falls Short

The Cheat Meal Day: Why It's Not So Smart

Brown Rice vs. White Rice: Does It Really Matter?

Healthy Eating at Restaurants: Decoding a Diner Menu

Living Near Fast Food Could Increase Your Odds of Obesity

The Best Foods for Digestive Health