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Five Surprisingly Excellent Holiday Foods for Hockey Players

At the holidays we are bombarded by warnings about holiday food and holiday eating. We really make delicious food we love sound terrifying. I think you will be pleased to read about the positive side of some holiday classic foods and how they can have a place in a hockey player’s high performance diet. Here are my top 5 holiday foods to eat and enjoy while still getting a performance benefit.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Getting Lean During the Hockey Season

More and more young hockey players are concerned with getting as lean as possible. I always advise my clients that the best time to “lean out” or “bulk up” is at the beginning of the off-season when a body composition program will not affect performance. In reality, I know that the start of the hockey season is often used to get in shape. I have the top do’s and don’ts to share, if you’re wondering what to do.

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Top Level Sports Nutrition at Hockey Tournaments

Tournaments highlight the hockey season and allow a team to gel and become a champion team. Performing during a hockey tournament can have lasting effects. I still remember receiving an MVP award at a tournament in my youth! But be advised, if you want to play better than the competition these days you need to eat for performance. Here are the 4 keys to eating well during hockey tournaments.

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Top 5 Ways a Hockey Player can Keep Energy High During Busy Times

The school year and the hockey season are upon us so we are expecting hockey people to be busy people to say the least. Sports nutrition for your hockey players may not be your top priority. That is why this newsletter is short and to the point with a way for you to sneak in some good sports nutrition habits. Here are 4 simple ways you can keep your energy levels high for hockey during the busy times ahead.

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What to Eat at Hockey Tryouts and Hockey Camps

To get the nutrition edge at training camp, you need to plan ahead.  Plan to carbohydrate load one to three days before camp and plan when and what types of meals and snacks you will eat during the camp. Choose foods that digest rapidly during the day and eat slower digesting foods at the end of the day (after camp) during your recovery meals and snacks. Wondering how to accomplish all this?

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Top 5 insider nutrition updates from Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava, Slovakia (June 4, 2016)

The June European Congress of Hockey Medicine showcased the hottest topics in hockey today. All the top hockey playing countries were represented. The congress had nutrition as a priority item. In fact, my presentation was a feature presentation and aligned well with the recommendations from the IIHF. Check out the top 5 sports nutrition topics everyone was talking about...

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Should I eat a Low Carb Diet in the Off-Season?

Professional hockey players have had the spotlight on their off-season diets in recent years. PK Subban made headlines last year eating a low carb diet during his off-season. Maybe what Subban considers low carb is high carb for you, we’ll probably never know. By following a diet from a media story, you can get misled. Of course this story begged the question: Should hockey players eat low carb in the off-season?

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Is there a magic diet to help me grow taller?

Tall hockey players are routinely found on elite hockey teams. The average NHL hockey player is over 6 feet tall. This does not mean that you can’t be an excellent hockey player if you are shorter (just think of Brendan Gallagher!). It just means that if you want to play at the elite level you should do everything possible to grow as tall as you can in addition to focussing on developing hockey skills.

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What is carbohydrate loading and is it a good idea for me?

Did you ever wonder what is “carb loading” and should a hockey player be carb loading? When I was playing university hockey, carb loading guidelines were never presented to me, but knowing what I know now I wish I had been given this edge! The energy for repeated sprints up the ice will come mostly from carbs! This means that nutrition strategies involving carbs make a very large impact on performance. 

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Vitamin D Supplements and Hockey Performance

Winter is here and if you live in colder areas, you will not be able to rely on sunshine alone to get your dose of vitamin D. This includes all of Canada, northern United States, most of Europe, and all of Scandinavia and Russia. Many of us (hockey player or not) will have lower body stores of vitamin D in the winter and may even be classified as deficient. So should all hockey players be taking a vitamin D supplement? This is a great question that is being studied by experts in the field.

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