At the time, Grubauer, like the majority of his NHL competitors, had a thorough and well-planned pregame ritual that didn’t involve asking himself how or, more significantly, why he was consuming particular foods. Convenience came first over anything else.
In my first years playing in the league, I didn’t really think about food. The more I thought about it, I was actually feeling very exhausted [during games], even though it wasn’t a major deal at the time,” Grubauer said to ESPN last month. I would fill up on energy bars and other processed foods in between periods because I was typically fairly exhausted, perhaps during the first or second period. Around that time, Grubauer—who is currently a member of the Seattle Kraken—got a call from Amanda Gyuran. She co-founded Elevated Eats, a meal preparation service for professional athletes, and she works as a performance chef in Denver. When the two started conversing, Grubauer believed he had found the ideal solution—someone who could create and carry out an eating plan with little work on his side.