Nutrition


GARY ROBERTS HIGH PERFORMANCE NUTRITION
Our nutrition philosophy is predicated on eating the right foods at the appropriate time in order to optimize performance and enhance recovery. In determining the right foods, we take a holistic approach that focuses on organic whole foods that include a combination of lean proteins, quality carbohydrates, healthy fats and fiber, all of which are supported by proper supplementation. At the same time, we account for the different nutritional needs of each athlete. Our goal is to educate athletes on the importance of proper nutrition and its positive impact on training, efficient recovery and, ultimately, peak performance over the long-term.

 

Nutrition Philosophy for Young Athletes
Nutrition for young athletes is crucial for proper growth and development and to assist in optimal performance in sport. Appropriate nutritional information for young athletes will encourage them to learn the foods that will fuel them optimally for performance and to assist in recovery. Through promoting of a balanced whole foods diet, athletes will discover the importance of calorie distribution of macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats and proteins) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) along with the importance of fluid balance. Energy requirements for young athletes depend on several factors including age, physical maturity, growth rate and activity level. Performing optimally in sport depends highly on nutritional efforts made throughout an athlete’s childhood and continuing into adulthood.

 

 

 Ages 8-11

During this phase in growth and development, the focus is to encourage a whole food diet and to consume the right balance of macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats, and proteins) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). Young athletes between the ages of 8-11 years old should be starting to understand the foods that will fuel them properly before and after activity. It is key for athletes in this age group to start to understand what to eat and how to eat to perform optimally. 

Ages 12-13

During this phase, athletes should start to understand the importance of fuelling properly to optimize performance and recovery. At this point in an athlete's development, they should be able to recognize what foods are going to help provide energy during exercise and which foods are going to help speed up recovery. Extra nutrients are needed to support growth and development in this phase. Through proper nutritional efforts at this age athletes will avoid fatigue and decrease the risk of injury.

Ages 14+

Athletes ages 14+ should have a good grasp on fuelling their bodies properly for optimal performance and recovery. At this point, athletes should be conscious about the quantity of consumption with macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins and fats) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and in addition proper supplementation to optimize performance and enhance recovery. Extra nutrients are needed to support growth and development in this phase. It is important for athletes to understand balancing energy expenditure to prevent an energy deficit or energy excess.

 

Through the Gary Roberts High Performance Nutrition Plan athletes will receive:

  • Meal and snack options
  • Pre- and post-workout/activity meal suggestions
  • Goal-oriented nutritional information
  • Easy family-friendly recipes
  • Tips and tools for preparing meals on the road
  • Tips and tools for meal planning for athletic events
  • Nutritional tips (e.g. how to live a healthy lifestyle on a busy family schedule etc.)
  • Grocery Shopping tips and guidelines
  • Grocery list (including how to read food labels and ingredient lists)
  • Nutrition educational resources (e.g. what are good sources of carbohydrates, proteins and fats etc.)
  • Access to blog posts and up-to-date nutritional information