Kim Lukhard has combined her love of ice hockey with her professional skills as a registered dietitian into her new book “Eat, Skate, Win: 7 Steps for Your Youth Hockey Star to Eat Like a Champion.”
The unique book now on sale on Amazon.com instructs parents on how top athletic performance is affected by the youngster’s eating habits. In part one, parents discover the team of 6 nutrients that powers your child’s growing athletic body. In part two, they will discover how to use the information in part one to fuel their child to the next level. The book also discusses how to stock your kitchen pantry for success and grocery shop like the parent of a champion. Twelve recipes and a sample meal plan are also included.
“If they (the young hockey player) want to keep playing for the long haul and maybe go to the Olympics or play professional, they have to learn early on how to eat right so they fuel their bodies properly. Professionals did not get to where they are by eating junk food,” Kim says.
Her online course, “Create a Championship Plate,” will complement the book and feature a four-week class that provides parents with the ability to build individualized nutritional plans for their young athlete. The online course will include teleseminars, Kim explains.
Kim is a graduate of Simmons College in Boston, MA with an undergraduate degree in psychology. She earned her Master’s in Nutritional Science from East Carolina University and went on to serve a Dietetic Internship at the Brody School of Medicine.
She has been teaching at ECU since 1997, focusing on nutrition and cooking courses for junior and seniors there.
Kim is an active “hockey mom,” volunteering her time with the local hockey organization and enjoying her sons’ – Robert and Duncan – youth hockey careers. Her affection for the sport goes back to time spent in Connecticut as a youngster, watching her brother Andy play on local teams. And yes, Kim knows how to skate as well.
What inspired her to write the book and start her online courses?
“I was on a raft in Bath Creek when I got the inspiration to create hockeymomrd.com. My brother Andy is a successful chiropractor in Virginia. He was with me on the trip and when I told him my idea, he encouraged me to go with it,” Kim recalls.
Common mistakes parents make with their young athletes is feeding them fast food before practices or competition and not allowing them to drink enough water, she says.
“Yes, they (the youngsters) have eaten calories after eating Bo Jangles, but they have eaten a large amount of fat that rests in the stomach and doesn’t turn into fuel. Their speed, stamina and endurance is affected,” she explains. “I call it skating with cinder blocks on.”
Dehydration, she adds, causes headaches during sports activities and leads to the child complaining and feeling poorly.
Kim has been encouraged by the positive response from readers, noting parents as far off as Michigan and Indiana have given her great feedback on how proper nutrition has enhanced their child’s performance and attitude.
If you are interested in purchasing “Eat, Skate, Win: 7 Steps for Your Youth Hockey Star to Eat Like a Champion” visither Amazon page.