Give me fire
Today’s topic? FUEL.
Fueling your body for ultimate strength and power whether it be in the gym, at work, at practice, or how to simply feel your best with proper nutrition.
Note: This is MY advice. What works for my body may not work with your body. I try to keep my reasearch creditable and reliable to work with most people.
So the day after Easter I did something I don’t usually do; I weighed myself.
Honestly I was just curious to see how much I weigh because the last time I weighed myself was probably late 2010.
The numbers? Yeah, I’ve gained almost 10 pounds when I thought I lost some. What is up with that? I almost wanted to weigh myself later on in the week just to see if this was correct but, I didn’t. Bad weekend perhaps? Building more muscle? One reason I was curious was because I’ve been drinking A LOT of green smoothies. Not only are these super healthy, I can honestly say that my tummy looked flatter after that week of drinking them just about everyday! Again, which is why I don’t weigh myself… how I feel vs. scale numbers. And if I did gain 10 pounds of pure fat? That’s ok too. I know I’ve been eating dessert more than one should in a day, that’s my own fault. Honestly, I don’t really see where that 10 pounds went anyway, plus, I’ve been feel pretty darn good so I’m not worried about it.
Warm weather is finally here and I am SO ready to get my fitness on!
With that said, I want to let my readers in on how I fuel my body before the gym, after workouts, and just throughout the day.
Depending on how early I workout, I usually try to have eaten and fully digested before the exercise. Example: eat around 7:30, gym no earlier than 8:15. If I feel like I have time to eat a big breakfast this early I most certainly will.
Favorite pre-workout breakfasts choices are oats, non-sugar loaded cereals, and tofu scrambles.
Not good choices for me before workouts are bagels and “cream cheese”, cereal, just juice, just fruit, fruit smoothies, toast, muffins, and other dessert-like breakfast items. The reason I listed smoothies as a bad choice is best they leave me with too much liquid in my belly. Not good for running.
Good examples of my post-workout meals are protein and fruit smoothies, green smoothies, natural snack bars, peanut butter on anything.
Not so good examples of post-workout meals would be anything sugar loaded. You just worked hard! Give your body what it needs. Another bad choice in my opinion is nothing at all. Again, give your body what it means! I try to focus on eating lean protein after workouts to rebuild my strength, especially after weight training or running!
If you eat crap all day, you’re going to feel like just that. I don’t know about you, but I don’t enjoy feeling like crap whether I’m at the gym, school, work, or just hanging out. It’s not fun! On a good day, I typically eat 3 good meals with 2-3 good-sized snacks. Now, my days not always the same schedule so this gets a little tricky, here’s where my good friend planning comes in handy.
For example, MONDAYS
I wake up at 5:45, eat a small snack before the gym. Usually an apple with PB or raw nuts.
I get home from Zumba/coffee around 9:00, I’m pretty hungry now so I’ll eat a nice bowl of oatmeal or maybe a protein smoothie for a second breakfast. I usually make this meal high in protein.
Then, I shower, do homework, blog, prep food, whatever until a little after noon then eat a good lunch that focuses on good carbs and vegetables.
Classes from 1:00-5:00, if I’m not going home right afterwards, I’ll pack a dinner. Usually I go gome and eat a dinner that focuses on veggies and protein.
I’d like to say I don’t eat 7:00 but, I usually do snack on not so processed snacks like pretzels, chips and salsa/bean dip, hummus, gram crackers or fruit. I usually eat dessert too that always homemade. :)
Not EVERY Monday is like this but, you get the idea.
Other healthy on-the-go tips to always stay properly fueled:
+When I am at school I always keep healthy snacks on hand such as date bars, bananas, apples, and granola.
+On day trips, or other long trips a small cooler packed with healthy snacks is also a good idea.
+Apples, oranges, and bananas travel well.
+If you didn’t pack food, stopping at a grocery store is usually a better choice than fast food.
+If you stop at a grocery store, you can always pick up fresh fruit (a lot cheaper than that .89 cent banana at the gas station) and nuts.
+Always carry a water bottle!