Chicks Dig the Longball vol. 1: foods that you should let die in your diet

November 25, 2011
by Justin

Miller Huggins, Greg Maddux and Charlie Sheen all knew one thing; chicks dig the long ball. In tee ball, I learned that parents settled for base hits. I miss being a kid sometimes. When I was five, I ate happy meals after almost every game with no regard. As I got older, I learned that Happy Meals, Big Macs, and almost everything else from any fast food establishment, was not conducive to athletic excellence. A great diet is the foundation for dominance in any sport. These aren’t the hotdog eating, cigar smoking days of Babe Ruth, when power hitters ate whatever was placed on their plates. Power hitters like Albert Pujols and Jose Bautista aren’t just kings of the weight room; they have taught us about the importance of combining innovative training with all natural diets. The question most people have is what foods should you eat; that answer is for another time and place (and another column). Let’s start out this first volume with what you shouldn’t eat and what diet foods that you are eating, that you need to stop consuming.

Diet Chips

One day, I was in the grocery store walking down the chip aisle, when I stumbled upon some fools gold.  I am a Doritos man in general, so when I saw a diet version of my favorite chip, I had no choice but to buy every flavor available. I never took the time to read the fat content on the back of the bag.  If I did, I would have found out that this diet chip was not all it was cracked up to be.  Now I’m not going to sit here and bash the major snack companies for trying to make America a healthy place. What I do have a problem with, is them creating a perception that they are selling quality food. The one thing I learned with this whole chip situation is that I, as a consumer, am responsible for eating a proper serving size.  Just because something says all natural does not mean it is the best option for your diet. Instead of chips, try a high-fiber uncooked vegetable.

Caesar Salads

I love the Cheesecake Factory. In my attempts to cut back the fat, I also tried substituting a salad for a meal.  My favorite salad is a Caesar salad with chicken, dressing and croutons.  I could not believe when I found out that my favorite restaurant’s Caesar salad had almost 1,000 calories.  For your information, that’s almost 300 more calories than a Big Mac.  Instead of high-fat dressings like Ranch and Caesar, try Italian or Balsamic Vinegar. It is also wise to fully eliminate croutons from all of your salads. Croutons simply are empty calories you don’t need.

Today’s lesson is all that glitters isn’t gold. Just because something says no trans fats does not mean that it will help you win the battle of the bulge. Next week’s column will be devoted to great foods that you can eat and a recipe for each food mentioned from my personal cookbook. This is a Yorick Hempstead signing off.


Yorick Hempstead is an ex-college athlete who is a sports blogger for He is always talking sports on twitter @HempsteadHuddle. 

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