(Eds: With AP Photos.) By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer Dwyane Wade was sitting on a table in the Miami Heat training room about an hour before game time Sunday, doing something he never would have envisioned a few years ago.
In his lap: Small servings of pasta and fruit.
''When it comes to food,'' Wade said, ''I understand the things that I need now.''
Wade turns 30 later this month, and in his ninth pro season nutrition is as important to him as any other part of his regimen. That wasn't always the case: Even when he was on his way to being MVP of the NBA finals in 2006, Wade could get away with eating just about anything he wanted, chicken fingers and cheeseburgers seeming like staples of his diet.
Not anymore. Farewell, sweets. Hello, salads.
And Wade says changing the way he fuels his body has him feeling as healthy as ever.
''The protein, the drinks, the carbohydrates, I know all the things I need,'' Wade said. ''The biggest thing is that I've talked with a nutritionist,...