The Real-Life Diet of Playing Basketball Overseas, NBA, WNBA


The Real-Life Diet of Sue Bird, Basketball Legend

I know you subscribe to the 80/20 rule of dieting, but are there any foods you avoid?

I don’t eat dairy, and I’ve been gluten-free ever since I took a blood test that showed I have a mild allergy to gluten. I stick with all anti-inflammatory foods: tons of veggies, eggs, chicken and fish. I will have some red meat, but only every now and then. There’s very little sugar, if any, because I save that for my cheat days. I like rice bowls a lot. That’s been my new thing this year—I’ll have some brown rice, sweet potatoes, chicken, and mixed veggies.

Now in her 16th season, the nine-time WNBA All-Star reveals the secrets that keep her at the top of her game.

At this point, there isn’t much left to accomplish in the basketball career of Sue Bird. Yet here she is in her 16th WNBA season, still lacing up Nikes and pointedly ignoring questions about when she plans to call it quits. Instead, the 37-year-old point guard will tell you that she’s never been in better shape, and with the way she orchestrates the attack for her Seattle Storm each night, it’s hard to argue otherwise. We recently caught up with the league’s all-time assists leader to learn how her diet and preparation have allowed her to play at such a high level for 15 professional seasons—and counting.

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The 80/20 Approach To Healthy Eating


One of the reasons that diets don’t work over the long-term is that they can be too restrictive which makes them hard to stick to. That’s why many people advocate an 80/20 approach– eating healthy 80 – 90% of the time and building in treats or foods that aren’t super-nutritious 10 – 20% of the time. In this short video, dietitian Melinda Maryniuk reviews why the 80/20
approach makes healthy eating easier for her to stick with.

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