Best Foods For Before & After a Workout

Apparently I have wayyyy too much fun talking about one of my favorite things in life…FOOD!!!! Missed today’s Fitness For Food Segment? Watch it HERE!!!!!

 

So you set aside an hour in the day to workout  – that’s great! – But what are you doing with the rest of the 23 hours – mainly with nutrition? There’s no doubt fitness and nutrition go hand in hand!

I will start off by saying everything I’m going to mention nutrition wise is thanks to years of experimenting while competing in Crossfit– it’s really about finding out what works for you – and taking BABY STEPS to get there!!!! Nothing happens over night!

I credit a lot of my learning experience to something I openly came out about a few years ago on The Beat 94.5 – I suffered anorexia in my late teens – and see it as a blessing because eight years later I now know food is never the enemy – its the fuel that keeps us going!

WHAT TO FUEL YOUR BODY WITH BEFORE A WORKOUT:

-MYTH – Many women think if you don’t eat before you work out – you’re going to lose weight – wrong….if you don’t eat enough your body goes into starvation mode and slows down its metabolism – making it harder to lose weight!

-1hr before a workout keep it simple! ie banana or apple – this snack should be easily digestible so that you digest it quickly and the fuel is available while you exercise

Q Energy Drink – local product (available at Choices, etc), all natural, 15 calories

-Don’t forget to EXPERIMENT! Find out what works for you!

WHAT TO FUEL YOUR BODY WITH AFTER A WORKOUT:

-The goal is to get fluids, carbs and a bit of protein in your body as SOON AS YOU CAN!

–Believe it or not, chocolate milk is one of the best options – it has easily digestible carbs to replenish energy stores, and a good amount of protein to repair damaged muscle tissue

-Other suggestions include pumpkin, squash, and yams – again easily digestible carbs

-Once you’re home and showered make sure you have a well-balanced meal

BE PREPARED:

-Pick one day to prep everything for the week – maybe Sunday’s work best for you? – this will help you stay on track and not end up in the drive thru at McDonalds because you’re starving and skipped lunch

SUPPLEMENT MUST HAVE:

-Fish oils! They assist with inflammation and act as ‘brain food’!

-Play around with taking liquid fish oil vs. capsules to figure out which works best for you

WHAT’S WORKED FOR ME?

-I personally saw the biggest change in my body when I started following the Paleo lifestyle – think cavemen – lean proteins, veggies, fruit, healthy fats from nuts, seeds, avocado, olive oil

-People always ask, ‘well where do you get your carbs from then? You’re not eating grains or cereals, etc’. Carbs are naturally found in vegetables, fruit, and many other things! Here’s a few food substitutes I use:

Cauliflower rice which really looks like plain old RICE (did I mention how delicious it is?)!

 

Spaghetti squash that looks, feels, and tastes just like pasta!

 

-The biggest bonus I’ve noticed with the paleo lifestyle is that I don’t get the crashes like I used to – my energy is much more levelled out throughout the day!

-Don’t think you can enjoy food at restaurants eating Paleo? WRONG! We are so lucky in this day in age where the kitchen can do just about anything – for instance at the Keg I always order a steak, with a double side of vegetables, and a salad!

These 3 cook books are my Bibles! I use them day in and out!

 

GROCERY SHOPPING TIP:

-When you head into the grocery store, stick to the outside perimeter – here you’ll find fruit, veggies, meat, bulk nuts, etc. Where as more processed foods are found on the inside aisles

AGAIN, EXPERIMENT AND FIND OUT WHAT WORKS FOR YOU!!!! BE EASY ON YOURSELF, NOTHING HAPPENS OVER NIGHT, IT JUST STARTS WITH A SINGLE COMMITMENT TO GETTING HEALTHY!

 

 

 

(Aamer & Marke enjoying a few snacks minus the workout!!! hehe!)