The diet of a typical athlete should consist of 55-60% carbohydrate in order to fuel workouts and promote recovery. This can prove to be a difficult balancing act for an athlete with diabetes. Choosing the right kinds of carbohydrates along with meal timing will result in a stable blood sugar level throughout the day.
Athletes require thousands of calories a day to keep up with the amount of training involved with each sport. If energy needs are not met, performance will decrease while the risk of injury increases. When on a restricted diet due to a food allergy, intolerance or aversion, our dietitian will guide you in selecting the best foods for each individual case.
Research shows that the diet of an athlete is associated with their risk of obtaining a sports related injury. Whether you are currently injured, have a history of multiple injuries, or would like to focus on prevention, our sports nutritionist will work with you to ensure that the right foods are on your plate.
• Balancing carbohydrate intake and exercise with insulin regimens
• Preventing exercise induced and rebound hypoglycemia
• Essential vitamin and mineral concerns among diabetic athletes
• How to use carbohydrates as fuel while maintaining blood sugar levels within range
• Eating a balanced diet to meet calorie needs for training
• Modified diets for athletes with food allergies: identifying and avoiding triggers
• Gluten free diets for celiac disease/gluten intolerance
• Meeting calorie and carbohydrate needs to train while on a restricted diet
• Recipe modification
• Vegetarian/vegan athletes: ensuring sufficient vitamin/mineral intake through foods
• Work with schools or coaches to increase awareness of potential allergens
• Adjusting calorie and protein needs following surgery to improve outcome and shorten recovery time
• Meeting increased vitamin/mineral and anti-oxidant needs to promote healing
• Building/repairing of muscle, connective tissue, and ligaments following injury
• Weight management and preservation of lean body mass while injured
• Decrease inflammation associated with tendinitis
• Maintaining strong bones to prevent stress fractures
• Nutrition intervention for concussive injury
• Promoting recovery after workouts to help prevent injuries
• How to maintain a healthy immune system throughout the year