MONTREAL -- Football players are known to do a plenty of fine-tuning in the off-season, but Anthony Calvillo underwent a total overhaul.
The veteran quarterback is heading into his 16th CFL season after signing a one-year contract extension plus an option with the Montreal Alouettes. And he's hoping a change in diet will provide the fuel to keep his body running like a high-performance machine.
"I think the biggest thing for me was just what I was eating," said Calvillo, who set the league record for completions in a game (44) last season on his way to the second CFL most-outstanding player award of his career. "With my wife, she pretty much became a vegetarian, so we're eating a lot of vegetarian meals at home and we're eating less and less meat."
Calvillo also found out through some bloodwork that his body had difficulty breaking down dairy products and food high in sugar.
"From that, I pretty much decided to cut it out of my diet," he said, adding the effects are noticeable.
"Without a doubt. It's pretty much night and day how my system feels and how my body feels.
"The hardest thing for me was just finding the right things to eat.
Late in the 2007 season, Calvillo left the Alouettes after his wife was diagnosed with cancer. She responded well to treatment and the family is in good health and high spirits, thanks in part to their newfound vegetarian lifestyle. Food for thought.