I spoke to moms, dads, a mom with a 6 month old baby, 3 yr old skaters, grandparents, adult hockey players, 20 something hockey players, and more.
They all had one thing in common: what should they eat and their skater's eat to feel better. I am happy to say I need to make more copies of my handouts before I return to the rink on Wednesday.
Some of the questions I answered were about carbohydrates, what to eat before skating, why is my hair falling out (I had some ideas, but encouraged this hockey mom to seek the advice of her MD), what are calcium rich foods that are not dairy (and no I couldn't suggest broccoli, this hockey mom shut down that suggestion about as fast as I mentioned the vegetable), protein and more. I promised them I would return with more handouts on Wednesday.
Has your skater started to ask you questions about nutrition? Do you wonder if you are 100% sure of the answer? Here is what Ben's mother wrote after I worked with him for 3 weeks last summer.
"Dear Kim –
I wanted to write you to say thank you for all the help you have provided Ben over the last few months. Back in late March I saw your advertisement for an eating plan for Ben for what I felt was a reasonable price and thought, what the heck, couldn’t hurt. Ben had been after me to get a nutritionist to assist him with that part of his development. He had about 3 weeks between the National Development Team tryout and the USHL combine to try to trim body fat and show improvement. I sent you an email and after we talked about Ben’s goals, you recommended that we do a 3 week one on one session between you and Ben. As you know, Ben wanted to show the coaches and scouts that he was serious and committed to playing at the highest level possible. One way to do this was to trim his body fat between the 2 events. While I still haven’t figured out how the combine calculates the body fat, I do know that he lost 8 lbs. in the few weeks between the two events and that was great. Not only did he loose the weight, but he also felt better on the ice and during the workouts."
Ben started his sports nutrition journey with a personalized plan, and then we added extra weeks of 1 on 1 coaching to the initial plan to help him achieve his goal.
Is your skater ready to take their game to the next hockey level (what I call their NHL)? If yes, click here to read more about my Personalized Youth Sports Nutrition Plan.
Here's to a championship summer.
Great nutrition leads to great performance.
Hockey Mom RD
Author of Amazon'a Best Selling Hockey and Winter Sports book: Eat, Skate, Win: 7 Steps for Your Youth Hockey Star To Eat Like A Champion.
Kim is the creator of Create a Championship Plate and Tournament Winner Success System. These on demand audio course will give your skater the champion's edge. The courses can be listened to on your phone, computer, tablet and you and your skater can discover the power of youth sports nutrition on your time and your schedule. Click here the links to read more about these courses.