Friday, June 14, 2013

What to Eat Before/After a Workout

I have been going to 30 Minute Hit now for just over two weeks and am still loving it.  In case you missed my blog post on my first week, you can see it here.
Although I still feel amazing for going and love the work out, I have had a bit of a speed bump and I wanted to share with you, in case some of you have had the same problem.  I would have a great session, feel amazing for getting through and hitting hard...but then all of a sudden a wave of nausea would come.  And a pounding headache.  I am sure you can relate that this was super disappointing!  Here I am, trying to be good to my body by exercising and it is NOT happy!
So I talked to Ashley at 30 Minute Hit and she explained to me that I had to be more aware of what I was eating before and after a work out.  It's important to give yourself fuel before and then feed your body after.
Clearly I am not an expert and so this is what Ashley suggested to me.  I work out about mid-morning and she suggested a snack with a little protein and a little sugar beforehand.  I have a piece of bread with peanut butter and a banana.  After she also suggested some protein.  I have been having a sandwich with either tuna or turkey, with veggies and some greek yogurt dip. 
Obviously food is a huge part of a healthy lifestyle, but I was finding after working out mid-morning I would be ravenous all afternoon! SO hungry and scared to ruin all my hard work for 30 Minute Hit.  Ashley suggested having lots of fruit and veggies cut up and ready, dipping in some hummus or having a protein shake.  She said to try to avoid any carbs or high fat snacks.  But wait, those are my favourites;) 
I am definitely having more protein now and I am finding it helps keep me energetic and fuller longer.  I recently did a whole blog post on trying a protein shake.
What do you have before and after a work out?
oxox Mare

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