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Eat This for Performance in Hockey

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EAT THIS FOR PERFORMANCE BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON! This book is a complete sports nutrition guide for hockey players, hockey coaches, and hockey parents.

Question and Answer Format

Menu Plans

Family-friendly Recipes

Same Guidelines as Olympians and NHL Athletes

Excellent Guide for Coaches

Sports Dietitian and longtime hockey player, Pearle Nerenberg teamed up with hockey super mom, Margot Lacoste to create the most useful guide ever written for hockey players.  The future of hockey performance is in sports nutrition, and this guide holds all the answers to your questions.

About The Book

Unfortunately, many aspiring hockey players are misinformed and are turning to supplements to give them an edge. Any top performance, including an Olympic gold medal-winning performance, does not rely on supplements.

We show this in the form of a pyramid that we call the Top Performance Pyramid. The most important part of the pyramid is the base. Without a good base diet, proper training (which is necessary for improving performance) is not optimized. Supplements in the absence of a good base diet do not work, and may not even work with a good base diet, so they sit precariously on the edge of the pyramid.


What is a good base diet?

The Nutrition Edge for Hockey Performance shows hockey players specifically which foods to eat, in what amounts, and when they should be aiming to eat these foods. The secret to getting a nutrition edge in hockey is clearly outlined.




The Nutrition Edge for Hockey Performance is written for all hockey players who are aspiring to take their game to the next level.

The question and answer format of the book makes it really easy to get a quick answer to every nutrition question. The language is easy enough for young hockey players to understand, but make no mistake, the guidelines in the book are the same guidelines Pearle gives to her Olympians and NHL clients. Parents will also really benefit from our book.

At the back of the book, we have menu plans and recipes that are family friendly. We have teamed up with S.O.S. Cuisine to offer custom meal plans to busy families. S.O.S. Cuisine is an online meal planning website that gives you recipes and grocery lists.  Finally, this book is really a must-read for coaches. We answer questions that coaches often get from their players. We tackle important topics like what should young players be doing to gain weight, the value of sports drinks, how to stay energetic during tournaments and many more.


One of the questions from the book is:

“What and when should I eat before a game or practice?”

This is the ultimate question. The short answer is to focus your efforts on carbohydrates (a.k.a. carbs). Carbs are the main fuel that your body needs to play hockey. No carbs = no energy. Eating whole grain breads and cereals and fruits are the best way to get your carbs. What you should eat is very much affected by how much time you have before you play. A big nutritious meal is a great idea if you have 3 to 4 hours before you hit the ice but if you only have an hour, that great meal turns into a really bad idea. Make sure to time large meals well, and to include simple, quick digesting snacks closer to hockey if needed.

Note: The detailed answer to this question can be found in chapter 24 of The Nutrition Edge for Hockey Performance.




“As a P.E. teacher, I am always looking for teaching material that is easy to read, understand and follow. The Nutrition Edge is perfect for anybody that is interested in elevating their sports performance and improving their general sports nutrition. The Nutrition Edge demonstrates that, despite all the hard training an athlete puts in, poor nutrition habits can lead to poor performance. Look after what you eat and you will increase your success!”

— Mike Homsy, Phys Ed Teacher at John Abbott College, Olympic Basketball Referee

“The Nutrition Edge is a great read. I found it to be informative and easy to understand. This book will help hockey players (young and old alike) to maximize their on-ice performance”

— Linda Staal, Hockey Mom to four NHL players

Pearle is a registered dietitian with an expertise in sports nutrition in Montreal, Quebec. She operates a sports nutrition private practice and is chair of Eat This For Performance. She works with hockey players (youth and professional) and hockey teams.

She has worked with the NHL franchises, players in the Quebec Junior Major League, players in the NCAA, players in the CIS, and National Team caliber players. She brings her extensive knowledge of the game of hockey to this great resource as a former NCAA hockey player for Cornell University and current hockey coach for hockey players aged 6 to 18.

To contact Pearle, email her at: [email protected]

Margot is a retired dietitian, an avid hockey player, and hockey mom to four in Montreal, Quebec. Her experience raising children and advising hockey players and teams who play hockey led her to self-publish the first version of the Nutrition Edge for Hockey Players in 2002.

She brings her expansive knowledge of hockey schedules, arenas, tournament schedules, and teenage hockey player preferences to this great resource.

Contact Margot at [email protected].



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