- Low fat (hard to digest) – so stay away from pizza, fries etc.
- Moderate in carbohydrates and higher protein
- Low fiber- slows down digestion
- Contains fluids
- Made up of familiar, well-tolerated foods.
So one of the most common questions I get, especially from my female clients, is what should I eat before and after a workout? It is crazy to me because I do get a lot of people that train without eating a little something and then end up getting sick during the session. Now everyone is different. I for instance, can do cardio on empty stomach (although I do drink aminos), but if I lift weights I must eat at least a 30 min to an hour prior. Ample energy and a steady stomach are two keys to a great workout. But people often skip pre-exercise meals due to lack of time or not knowing what to eat, No more excuses…I am going to give you some great tips and food options to choose from so that you are making the most of your workouts. Timing is everything. Even the best foods can come back to haunt you mid-workout if not allowed to properly digest, so it's best to eat 30 minutes to an hour before you work out—longer after heavy meals. While certain foods settle well and hit the bloodstream quickly, exercising on a full stomach can still make you feel sluggish. Worse, it can cause stomach cramps, because exercise pulls blood away from stomach to the muscles…so lighter meals before you workout and if you are following the 5-6 small meals a day protocol then this shouldn't be a problem. The tummy friendly options have ideal amounts of carbs and protein to keep you fueled, and they're easy to prepare on the go. These are MY go to pre workout meals and often I treat them as a meal. The ideal pre workout meal has five characteristics: