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Reviewed by Charity Tober for Readers' Favorite
The Puck Stops Here: Hockey Players' Healthy Eating Handbook by author Roxanne Tuomela (a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach) is an informative health and nutrition guide for athletes. In the introduction, the author states: “Well, the puck stops here!...I celebrate you for taking responsibility for what you put in your body from this day forward.” Tuomela starts out by explaining proper nutrition and its benefits for your body. She goes into detail about carbs, proteins and fats, and lists exactly how much and from what sources we can obtain the proper amounts of these nutrients. The book provides readers with numerous lists of healthy foods and drinks that provide the body with maximum energy and endurance. She also cautions readers about what foods to avoid (think soda, sugars and refined products) that are detrimental to overall health. Chapter 9 titled “Nutritional Tidbits” provides a long and thorough list of beneficial “super foods” along with how to eat them, how to store them, and complete nutritional information. She concludes with a brief recipe section, including tasty and healthy options such as a Green Smoothie and Homemade Energy Drink.
I think The Puck Stops Here: Hockey Players' Healthy Eating Handbook is a great source for ALL athletes (and not just hockey players). The author provides a very informative book regarding not only what to eat and what not to eat, but also practical health tips, such as getting enough sleep, staying positive, setting goals and even journaling. I believe parents can use this book as a guide when preparing meals and snacks for their hardworking athlete(s)!