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34 // DECEMBER 2019 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM R em Pitlick knows that part of being a high-level athlete is accepting that you can't control everything. But he also knows that what he can control — like what he puts in his body— can significantly impact the type of athlete he is and wants to become. That's why, for years, Pitlick has made con- scious decisions about what he eats. Eating well was always a central part of Pitlick's life. His mother, Lisa, made his baby food. His grandparents had a garden, so the family had access to organic produce. Lisa and his father, Lance, were both exceptional ath- letes who instilled the importance of nutrition in Rem and his brother, Rhett, at an early age. Growing up, Rem abided by the cliché that everything his mother made was good —with a fondness for her ground turkey enchi- l a d a s — b u t d i d n 't n e c e s sa r i l y p u t m u c h thought into whether or not it was good for him until his teen years. His mother, on the other hand, emphasized that they kept their meals simple and healthy, setting her children up for success. "As an athlete, what you put in your body helps your performance," Lisa Pitlick said. "Those are the building blocks for the energy to play and overall success. It's always been a part of our mealtime to have healthier choices, to make meals that are a little bit healthier anyway." B u t i t w a s n ' t u n t i l R e m a t t e n d e d t h e University of Minnesota that he found him- self taking control of his diet. Inspired in part by Tom Brady 's book, "The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance," he began experimenting with different cooking methods, investigating the benefits of various ingredients and working with healthier substitutions. For the forward from Plymouth, Minn., his food journey is all about longevity— doing everything in his power to ensure his body can withstand the rigors of a long season. PHOTOS COURTESY OF University of Minnesota; Milwaukee Admirals FOOD FOR THOUGHT Rem Pitlick's Recipe For A Career In Pro Hockey Starts In The Kitchen By Alyssa Hertel

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