Wednesday, 6 February 2013

The Gatorade Dump

    My apologies, as it's been a while since my last post.  Lots has been going on.  However, there's been plenty to post as well, so I'm hoping this will get me back on track. with some more regular blog posts.

    Tonight one of the best things that's happened this week, happened while training one of my teenage hockey players.  As with all clients, I help coach healthy eating habits along with their workout habits.  This client in particular, is a AA hockey player who eats like a normal teenager; ATROCIOUS!!!!

     I won't get into his typical day of eating, but trust me that can be another blog post.  However, I know I'm getting into his head.  One of the first things I was on him about was his workout drink of choice; Gatorade.  I'm not a fan overall, and definitely someone his age, working at his intensity level (even in games), it just isn't going to help the way he (and thinks it will). 

    Here is the ingredients list for Gatorade Perform: 

Water, sugar, dextrose, citric acid, natural and artificial flavors, salt, sodium citrate, monopotassium phosphate, modified corn starch, ester gum, colour.  

    Wow!  This is what parents buy their kids to "help" them perform.  Here's the reality - Kids are getting too much of this crap out of their so called "food" on a daily basis.  The other sad reality is that kids are drinking this garbage when they're not active.  Even when they are active, it's not enough to warrant an electrolyte concoction that you buy at the corner store.

    Sorry, I'm getting all wound up as always (oops!).  So tonight while this client was in, he had literally 2-3 sips of his Gatorade and asked me if I would dump it for him and fill it up with water.  I was shocked, excited and proud all at the same time.  Should I keep a straight face? Should I let a tear go?  It was one of those times where you realize as a Fitness & Conditioning Coach that, even though sometimes it doesn't seem like these teenagers listen or care about your tips and education.... they really are listening, and eventually, small changes will be made. 


    Myself, I make my own.  Especially in the summer months when soccer season is in full swing. I bring a 1L bottle of water, and a 500-750mL bottle of home-made electrolyte drink.  Here's an example of a quick recipe (add or take away amounts to suit your taste):

Freshly squeeze lemon juice
Freshly squeezed lime juice
unpasteurized honey
sea salt
(Ice cubes optional)

Blend all ingredients together in a food processor or blender, and be ready to perform.  (And yes, it actually tastes pretty good!)