Texans’ D.J. Reader ‘Your body is your temple’

Although Texans starter D.J. Reader has the stout build of a nose tackle at 6-3, 335 pounds, he’s a strong advocate of a healthy diet.

Reader still has his cheat snacks and meals, though, including Hot Cheetos.

“That’s probably my guilty pleasure,” Reader said.

However, the former Clemson standout stresses putting the right kind of fuel into his body and discussed that during a Toro’s Kids Club Eat and Play Smart event Tuesday night at Kroger.


“You just got to eat healthy,” Reader said. “It’s important. It’s important for longevity in life. Your body is your temple. You want to treat it right. I’m trying to eat the best I can and get ready for the season and ready for this training camp.”

During the event, which included retired Texans Pro Bowl offensive lineman Wade Smith six children were chose from a raffle to participate in a supermarket sweep contest partnering with a Texans cheerleader to add items to their grocery carts. The winner got tickets to a game and sideline passes.

“They learned about healthy foods and where it is in the grocery store,” Reader said. “It was pretty fun. They were running pretty hard.”


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Reader has to maintain his bulk to anchor the middle of the Texans’ 3-4 defense as the replacement for five-time Pro Bowl nose tackle Vince Wilfork.

His diet isn’t super strict, but he prefers egg whites and oatmeal for breakfast, vegetables and brown rice with his lunch and something healthy for dinner with protein.

“I keep it pretty healthy,” he said. “I don’t have a real strict diet. I try to keep it pretty moderate.”
Reader has been posting a lot of videos of his strenuous workouts on his Instagram account. That included running full-speed on a treadmill.

“It was a dead treadmill,” he said. “It was just me sprinting. We call it a dead sled. It was unplugged. We try to get it moving. It was fun.”

 

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