Holistic Nutrition for Student Athletes
A body, mind, spirit perspective on student athlete performance, wellness & enjoyment
After 11 years of educating student athletes on the importance of strong nutritional foundations, this is what I know...
After 21 years as a youth sport coach, this is what I have seen....
After 8 years on the board of a youth sport program this is what I have experienced...
And it isn't the happy picture that I always believed sport to be.
The unfortunate reality in youth sport today is that the majority of student athletes are in fact malnourished!
Most student athletes do not consume the quantity or quality of food they need to meet their requirements for healthy growth and development.
Add multiple practices, games, training sessions to this and they are left not only energy and nutrient deficient, but depleted. (They go to school too right, and have friends and families and jobs?!)
They are burning out physically, mentally and emotionally.
We see increasing rates of stress, anxiety and depression in our student athlete population.
They suffer from acute and chronic injury and illness at younger and younger ages.
They deal with ailments and dis-ease that progress into adulthood.
They are heavily impacted by their peer's food choices and by marketing that reinforces incorrect eating habits and unhealthy body images.
This is not the experience that we as parents, coaches and administrators want for our student athletes.
We are still stuck in an old, outdated youth sport system in which....
A holistic perspective of the student athlete as a complex and multi-faceted person is generally missing.
Nutritional programming continues to be trumped by the 'need' for more time on court in the gym and in competition.
Youth sport programs are constantly challenged to provide more for less. There is no money or time for a nutritional focus.
There is little time spent on recovery, rest and relaxation for their overstimulated bodies and minds. (Stress directly impacts digestion.)
There is no support for busy, well-meaning parents and coaches who do their best to feed their student athletes.
There is no support for student athletes who are navigating a complex time of their life while experiencing rapid body changes and being heavily influenced by peers and media.
There is no focus on the WHY. Why is it important for student athletes to eat well?
THIS is what we see when we incorporate a holistic perspective on health and performance for student athletes.
Development of a fundamental understanding of how their body works and how food supports their training and competition goals.
Empowered food choices that are reinforced in a team environment as part of a team culture of excellence.
Increases in performance and training gains.
Decreases in injury and illness.
Decreases in recovery time.
Increased focus and mental capacity in practice and competition.
Greater resilience to competition and life stresses.
Development of a healthy body image and eating practices that support this.
Longevity in sport...for those who want to compete at the next level and for those who simply want to enjoy a lifetime of fun physical activity.
Greater ENJOYMENT of their sport experience.
THIS is what I do
“Diane worked with my program as a Wellness Consultant for two seasons. In those two years, injury rates decreased by over 80%, the overall mental and emotional health of my athletes increased and their nutritional decisions made an impact on performance because of Diane's education and guidance."
- Natalie Gurnsey, Head Coach University of Calgary Women’s Volleyball Team from 2010 - 2020
“Diane Johnson has consulted for HITT Volleyball for the last 11 years. She has worked as a Coach but has also shared a holistic health perspective with the athletes through instruction in yoga and holistic nutrition. Diane is experienced, professional and prepared and demonstrates genuine care for the health and wellness of HITT athletes. Our athletes have benefited greatly from Diane’s knowledge and passion in the areas of volleyball and overall health and wellness. Beyond all this, Diane is an exceptional educator and coach and has the ability to engage and focus her students with ease.”
- Carsten Stanjeck, Founder and CEO of HITT Volleyball
Working with Diane has been a great privilege because she looks at a student athlete through a
holistic lens and has given me the nutritional, mental, and emotional tools to help in all aspects
of my life. I still refer back to Diane’s personalized nutrition plan while I am playing overseas. It
has benefited my performance on the court and helped me understand what nourishment my
body needs to perform at my best when my best is needed. Equally as important, she has given
me the tools through practicing yoga to remain present and mindful, while listening to what my
body, mind and soul need in order to play my best volleyball, rest, recover and maintain an
overall healthy foundation.
- Leah Shevkenek, Professional Volleyball Athlete with Ilisiakos in Greece &
Setter for the University of Calgary Dinos Women’s Volleyball Team from 2015-2019
So, if you are...
A student athlete taking initiative for your own health and performance goals....
The parent of a student athlete whom you know either desires and/or could benefit from nutritional coaching or is struggling to keep up with their sport and life...
A coach who has seen their athletes struggle with staying healthy, focussing and improving performance and who wants to empower them...
A youth sport program administrator or developer and you want to build a program that truly gives student athletes the tools they need to succeed in sport and in life....
Then we should definitely connect.
One on One Coaching
This is a personalized holistic and nutritional coaching experience for student athletes that includes:
- A detailed 90 minute initial nutrition & lifestyle consultation (parents encouraged to attend)
- Weekly coaching calls to celebrate successes and manage challenges
- Daily access to me via message
- Ongoing nutritional assessments based on length of season and program
- Instruction in mindfulness strategies for sport & life
- Stress management, rest & recovery strategies
- Meal plans and recipes (if desired)
This program is a minimum 1 month commitment.
1 month - $999
2 months - $1700
3 months - $2550
4 months - $3400
5 months - $4250
6 months - $5100
For Teams and/or Youth Sport Programs who want to embrace a culture of holistic wellness, this is the best option and includes:
- 2 educational team session with me during the season to discuss individual nutritional needs, how much and when to eat, stress management and rest & recovery strategies
- A PDF workbook to take notes and keep track of progress.
- Meal planning guides to encourage healthy food choices during the season.
- Mindfulness tools for athletes and coaches
- Access to me for additional support throughout the season as needed.
In this program I work with the athletes and teams for the duration of their season.
For individual teams - $125/athlete
For 5 or more teams within a program receive 15% off
Seminars & Workshops
For Youth Sport Programs, Seminars, Clinics, Educational Settings and more...
Content of these presentations can be modified based on need and can be catered to student athlete groups, parents, coaches, educators and/or a combination of them all.
Cost is dependent on the duration of the presentation and the size of the audience.
Please reach out for more information.
It is my honor to support student athletes in their sport, performance and wellness goals.
I am so excited to speak with you and support you in your efforts to ensure that student athletes of today are truly empowered with all that they need to have the most healthful, successful and abundant sport experience possible.
Book a time at the link above and let's get going.
And if you like, here's a bit more info about my credentials and experience.
I was a physical education teacher for 5 years before stepping away to pursue my deep interest in holistic nutrition, yoga and healing.
I am an NCCP certified volleyball coach with 21 years experience and I continue to coach today. I have extensive experience working with student athletes both on and off the court.
I have been a Board member, President and Co-President of a youth sport organization. I am familiar with what administrators must consider daily for their athletes and programs.
I have spent the last 11 years guest teaching in sports performance and physical education classrooms and informing student athletes on teams and in camp and clinic settings about the importance of nutrition, rest and recovery.
I am certified in holistic nutrition, and sport nutrition, and am a certified yoga teacher.
I was a post secondary athlete and still enjoy my athletic endeavours today. I practice all that I preach and am a positive example of how a holistic perspective on health and performance and an abundant mindset can lead to a beautiful, full-filled abundant life.