A baseball player’s diet is a very important part of his training program. Poor nutritional habits can prevent a pitcher from reaching his full potential on the mound.
There are three parts to a complete baseball pitcher's training program: workouts, nutrition, and rest. Each of these components has equal importance. A pitcher cannot train at maximum intensity if he is not properly fueled or properly rested.
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For baseball pitchers, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Not only does it set the tone for the amount of energy you will have throughout the day, but eating a healthy breakfast can increase productivity.
Breakfast means “break the fast.” When you wake up in the morning, the last meal you likely had was dinner or a late night snack from the night before. For most people, that means it has been eight or more hours since the last meal was consumed. Therefore, it’s important to break-the-fast and eat a well-balanced meal first thing in the morning — like a bowl of oatmeal with raisins, a whole-wheat bagel, a banana and some orange juice.
But eating well shouldn’t stop after breakfast. I recommend that pitchers eat five to six meals (one every three to four hours) throughout the course of the day to keep the mind sharp and to keep the body healthy and lean. Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be the foundational meals, but small snacks in between are recommended.
Eating smaller meals more frequently keeps the body’s metabolism churning and energy sources high.
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