A lot of talk has been going around about the upcoming fight between Frankie Edgar and Chad Mendes on December 11th in Las Vegas. It’s a highly anticipated fight, one that everybody in the biz will be tuning into watch. But this Thanksgiving, Frankie will only have one thing on his mind – family.
I have three beautiful children and can’t imagine life without them.
Holidays are a time when families get together and celebrate with rich food, good wine and sweets galore. But what if you’re a prized fighter with a fight just weeks away? Do you indulge in all the goodies, call it a Cheat Day and sit back and enjoy yourself? Do you pack your meals with you and stick to your diet no matter what? Or do you set yourself limits and enjoy some of the proteins and veggies, but avoid the sauces, carbohydrates and desserts?
I don’t really count calories. Before a fight, I’ll eat a little cleaner than normal. I don’t cut a lot of weight, so it isn’t a huge deal though. Especially since I normally eat pretty healthy.
Frankie was born and raised in New Jersey, and comes from a large Italian family. He’s always had a special relationship with food, as his parents owned a pizza restaurant when he was growing up:
In Jersey, we take our pizza seriously – it’s an everyday type of meal! My boxing coach [Mark Henry] owns a pizzeria now.
(It’s called Pino’s Pizzeria and Restaurant). Luckily for Frankie, this pizzeria is an hour away in Woodbridge, NJ, but that doesn’t stop him from dropping by and helping the lads cook up his favorite: “upside down pizza, thin slice, cheese on the bottom and sauce on top.”
The “answer” to a thin crust – 3 professional mixed martial artists and a few bare-knuckle punches. Left to right: UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar, Ring of Combat Lightweight Champion Chris “The Story” Liguouri, One-time Amateur Boxing Champ Mark Henry, and UFC Welterweight Contender Ricardo “Big Dog” Almeida.
Back at home, Frankie’s favorite dish is a “tasty, healthy chicken parm that my mom makes.” He says:
I like all different types of meals. I don’t have to cut too much weight, especially if I stick to low carb, high calorie foods. But variety is nice. I eat clean and will cheat when I don’t have a fight. Mostly, I keep it simple – good, lean proteins like turkey, good veggies like asparagus, and good grains.
As a father of three cute kids, Frankie’s family values remain rooted in New Jersey:
It’s always tough being away from the kids, but I’m lucky I have a lenient schedule. They see me in the middle of the day and I’m home at night, and when they wake up. A lot of guys travel to their fight camps, but I didn’t want to. My kids are still young and I don’t want to miss those important years. I try to be at home as much as possible, so I can be with my family and train.
Frankie’s oldest kids are just five and six years old and he says:
They’re just starting to get it now. They get asked by some of kids at their school – Is your dad Frankie Edgar? And my eldest, his gym teacher knows who I am and asks about me now!
Though the kids are still too young to fully enjoy what Dad does for a living, they wrestle a couple of times a week, and, he says, “they come to my strength and conditioning gym and cause havoc! They also play soccer and swim.”
As a family, the Edgars are always “really busy running around.” Frankie told us:
The kids have their sports and stuff, but we also like to get outside and go apple picking or go for hayrides at Halloween. In the summertime we hit the beach. We also like to watch movies and hang out.
If your house during the holidays is anything like Thanksgiving at the Edgar house, then you know it’s going to be a big family affair and magnificent feast. So take Frankie’s advice and keep it healthy:
- Keep all foods organic and natural.
- Eat clean and stay away from processed junk food.
- Eat a majority of lean meats, fruits, and vegetables.
You can avoid the 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat if you stick to lean meats, fruits and vegetables. A 6-ounce serving of Thanksgiving turkey will only set you back 300 calories, so indulge! For dessert, nothing wrong with some fruit or perhaps one of these healthy pumpkin recipes.
Happy Thanksgiving! From Fitmark Ambassador Frankie Edgar and his family, and the Fitmark Team.
Sport Your Lifestyle
The Fitmark Team