Vegetarian Sports Nutrition

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Course Description

Gain the vegetarian advantage! Vegetarian meal plans have been used successfully in everything from bodybuilding to endurance sports. Every day more and more athletes (even those who are not full-time vegetarians) incorporate a plant-based diet when training or recovering from competition.

Relying on the recent evidence-based research, Vegetarian Sports Nutrition details performance and health benefits, including enhanced muscle recovery and optimal bone health. With tailored meal plans and training strategies, you will learn to make smart nutritional decisions and properly fuel your body throughout your training regimen.

This comprehensive resource simplifies the process of determining your energy, protein, vitamin, and mineral needs and monitoring carbohydrate and fat intake. You’ll learn how to optimize a vegetarian diet for peak performance across all sports.

Whether you are a dedicated vegetarian looking to add variety to your diet or an athlete searching for a competitive edge, Vegetarian Sports Nutrition will help you improve your health and performance!

This course is included in our Nutrition Advisor Bundle course which offers you 4 of our excellent nutrition-based courses at a reduced rate.

This course Includes:

  • Online lessons and assessments
    • X10 online lessons
    • X1 online summative assessment
  • E-Text Book: Plant Based Sports Nutrition (Human Kinetics publication)
  • Recipes

Study Mode Offered: ONLINE

This course is completed using the HFPA Online Learning Platform. The course material includes a downloadable Human Kinetics textbook (e-book), online lessons and assessments.

If you would prefer a hard copy textbooks, they are available upon request (additional courier charges will apply). Please request your hard copy upon registration.

Subjects & Modules

Chapter 1: Gaining the Plant-Based Advantage 

This chapter introduces the concept of vegetarian eating, reviews the potential benefits of vegetarian diets on health as well as athletic performance.  “Beginner vegetarians” will also get some tips and easy transition steps on how to become a vegetarian for gaining the vegetarian advantage.

Chapter 2: Getting Adequate Calories from Plant Sources

This chapter covers how to obtain adequate energy from a plant based diet and how to estimate your energy needs. We will also go through some of the risks that goes along with inadequate energy intake.

Chapter 3: Finding the Right Carbohydrate Mix 

This chapter covers the various components of carbohydrates,  importance of carbohydrates and how to estimate your carbohydrate needs.

Chapter 4. Choosing Smart Fat Over No Fat

This chapter covers the various types of fats and the importance of fat in the vegetarian diet of an athlete.

Chapter 5. Building Muscle Without Meat

This chapter reviews the role of protein in the diet and discusses how you can easily build muscle strength and mass without meat.

Chapter 6. Optimising Bone Health

This chapter covers the basics of bone health and how the vegetarian diet can optimise bone health.

Chapter 7. Boosting Iron Intake and Absorption

This chapter reviews the basics of iron metabolism and why iron is important to athletes, and provides suggestions for boosting iron intake and absorption on a vegetarian diet.

Chapter 8. Breaking Free of Multivitamin Dependence

This chapter shows you how to meet your vitamin and mineral needs through your diet rather than depending on unnecessary vitamin and mineral supplements.

Chapter 9. Prioritising foods and fluids Before, During, and After Events 

This chapter will help you optimise your performance by teaching you how to take in the right amount of the right foods at the right time before, during, and after your training and competitions.

Chapter 10. Choosing Whether to Supplement 

This chapter covers all the basics of supplements, and highlights the necessity to supplement or not.

Chapter 11. Reducing Muscle Cramps and Inflammation

This chapter breaks down the physiology of muscle cramps and inflammation, and discusses how a vegetarian diet could possibly assist with the occurrence.

Chapter 12. Creating a Customised Meal Plan

This chapter helps you put all the information of the above chapters into perspective and design an eating plan of your own.

Chapter 13. Adapting the Plan to Manage Weight

This chapter covers how you can adapt your eating plan to match your goal weight, whether it is losing, gaining or maintaining weight.

Chapter 14. Whipping Up Quick Vegetarian Meals and Snacks

This final chapter gives you some interesting and fresh vegetarian meal ideas.

Chapter 15. Recipes

Accreditations & Certifications

5 REPSSA endorsed CPD points

Career Opportunities
  • Enhance your scope of practice to include vegetarian sports nutrition
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  1. Melanie Lowe-Martin

    Melanie Lowe-Martin

    I’ve been a vegetarian for the past 16 years. I am also a body builder, with sports and fitness always being in my blood. Due to vegetarianism in sports being so unpopular, at that time, I was forced to experiment on myself with the limited knowledge that I had acquired over the years. Finally I’ve come across a course that takes away all the guess work and provides you with well researched information ensuring that you can perform optimally on a meat-free diet. – Prishen Sivanarain

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