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BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (107,996)
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3/13/14 10:07 P

I give it 20 minutes to digest, if it is a meal. Snacks 10 minutes.

INSH8P Posts: 1,431
3/13/14 10:01 P

I agree with Ethelmerz… But most importantly, it depends on what you want to do after you eat… Three of my routines require deep twists in the lower abdominal area of the trunk. To do these routines, I need to have stopped eating solid food 4 hours before the activity start. When I do the three routines that are less jarring to the abdominals, I cut off the meal to 2.5 hours. In either case I know what quantity and types of food don't work for me, and the water-based carbs that need to wait until "after" the routine. I love how this journey gives us events to enjoy as we work through how to think, plan, eat and move for a lifetime.

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MLAN613 SparkPoints: (204,158)
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3/13/14 7:56 P

I found a SP article that may be helpful to you. It gives suggestions on how much to eat and, as you asked, when to eat prior to exercise.

ETHELMERZ Posts: 8,677
3/13/14 2:46 P

Go ahead and exercise when you feel like it, there are no set rules for this, each person is different. We can't designate a number for you on here, sorry.

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3/13/14 12:40 P

It depends on what you are doing and how big the meal was.

When I go out for a morning run, I can't eat before hand because it upsets my stomach. However, I can't eat on an empty stomach when I strength train.

If this was a light meal, I'd say you'll be fine to start working out as soon as you'd like. If the meal was heavy, you might want to wait 30-45 minutes. That will give your body more time to digest the food.

How do you feel ? Do you feel as if the food is sitting in your stomach ? If so, wait a while. If you feel okay, try a short workout. If you get an upset stomach, it's okay to stop.

EOWYN2424 Posts: 6,664
3/13/14 4:58 A

I was about to exercise but I was tempted by an Asian salad instead. Julienned cucumber, carrots, shredded thai basil and torn mint leaves with a special sauce (I don't know what's in the sauce but it's virtually fat free) and topped with ground peanuts.

I had 2 small servings with some fish crackers.

My question is, if I still want to exercise, how much time do I give for all that to digest before exercising? It's about 5 pm now, is it safe to exercise at like 7pm?

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