Coaching Association of Canada

Everyday Eating

  • 35 Snack Solutions for Athletes

    We often hear athletes declare that they’re hungry. For some it could be hourly, while for others it’s only close to meal times. Because athletes typically have more muscle mass than inactive individuals, they tend to have a high metabolism, which causes them to need more calories and to [ more ]

  • Food Allergies & Intolerances

    Common food allergies (e.g. milk, wheat, nuts), sensitivities (e.g. caffeine), or intolerances (e.g. lactose) are related to gut symptoms (gas, bloating, nausea, cramping, diarrhoea) which can affect how well nutrients are digested and absorbed, thus impacting energy level and sport performance. A registered (sport) dietitian can help athletes keep an accurate food diary and to assess their sport diet. [ more ]

  • The Power of Veggies!

    The high training demands of athletes can place added stress on the body increasing the need for certain nutrients and calories. Athletes need to eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet including a variety of vegetables in order to fuel their bodies. [ more ]

  • Protein Pointer

    This handy chart will show you how easy it is to get the protein you need. It is a guide only and should not be used to calculate your protein intake.Foods marked * are high in fat or sugar, which may not be desirable for all athletes.DOWNLOAD PDFEAT WELLLimit foods and beverages that are high in Ca [ more ]

  • Food Labels Decoded

    Understanding nutrition information on packaged food labels can help athletes choose the best foods to meet their nutritional needs. Knowing how to make sense of the “Nutrition Facts” in particular, helps you compare products easily and select the optimal diet for your unique training regiments and sport of choice. [ more ]

  • Iron Indicator

    Iron is needed by our blood cells to carry oxygen to every cell in our body, including our muscles. Good iron stores are critical for energy and performance. [ more ]

  • Buying Organic - What Should Athletes Do?

    To date, there is no scientific evidence to confirm whether an organically-based diet will enhance sport performances. Furthermore, the research is conflicting whether organically grown foods are even more nutritious than non-organic foods. [ more ]

  • Alcohol and Athletes

    Traditionally many athletes consume alcohol after games or competitions to relax and celebrate. What they may not know is that alcohol can negatively affect physical and mental performance. Alcohol affects all major body systems. Here’s how alcohol can negatively affect your body, and your ability to perform at your personal best. [ more ]

  • Real Facts About Fats and Sport

    “Fats are bad for you”. “Fats are fattening”: These are two common myths when it comes to describing dietary fat. Just like protein and carbohydrate, athletes need to eat essential fats since no human can make them and they serve several critical physiological functions. [ more ]

  • Calcium Counter

    Here’s a handy tool to help you make food choices to help you increase your calcium intake. [ more ]