Any athlete who is serious about their sport should care about what they put into their bodies. The old adage ‘you are what you eat’ rings even truer on the sporting field than it does in everyday life. There’s no better feeling than taking part in a tough session and refuelling your body afterwards with the right food. There’s no point doing all the hard work exercising to undo it by taking in the wrong foods.
It’s hard to ignore the growing trend of ‘clean’ healthy eating that is sweeping Irish shores unless you have been living under a rock, munching on a bag of Tayto and a Tangle-Twister! We all want to maximise our health and our performance but with so many mixed messages out there about what we should eat and drink it’s hard to know what’s best. To help support our members and the wider community the Community & Health Section have develop some Healthy Eating
Guidelines, so clubs can adopt them to promote healthy eating and develop a positive culture around ‘clean’ eating. (Click on the guidelines above – please note this is a generic template and should be adopted to fit the needs of your club).
To support GAA players and members in making the right food choices the Community & Healthy Team also developed a toolkit called ‘Recipes for Success’ which is filled with tasty, healthy, performance enhancing recipes that are easy to make (click on the link above to download Recipes for Success toolkit). The resource aims to support GAA players and members in making the right choices and what’s the best way to learn this is to start cooking yourself. We hope the resource will not only enhance their nutritional knowledge but also their practical cookery skills, one of the most important life-skills any player can develop.
The resource was developed by the Home Economics Department at St. Angela’s College, Sligo and leading Irish sports performance nutritionist Críonna Tobin. This unique collaboration is about bringing together expertise from an array of sectors and was designed to respond to an identified need in GAA clubs for practical programmes and information supporting healthy eating for sport and the game called life.
Eating healthy is no longer about not being allowed to leave the table until your plate is clean but is about excited about enjoying good foods that give healthy enhancing results.
We hope clubs find these resources helpful when incorporating them into their clubs and daily routine. Your body and your performance will be the better of it.