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6/21/09 3:41 A

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I eat high calorie before with carbs and hight protein after:

Before: Large smoothie made with soy milk, mango, blueberries and green power
Swim 2 hours-- 4km, 800 cal burn
After: 4 egg whites and salad/steamed veggies.

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GOAL 15 pounds (from 150 to 135) by August 13th.
5 lbs down and 10 to go!

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3/2/09 9:13 A

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When I was in college we did a research on this old wives tale and found it was based on making the kids wait while the adults rested after a meal. (IE picnic-clean up and visit) However, you will feel more bloated after a huge meal, as you do on land, sluggish is sluggish wet or dry. Don't swim a 5000 after Thanksgiving meal and expect speed.

Being a swim teacher at a swim school, our summer days are VERY long days. . . in very warm water, and our sugar level drops quickly. So we have for the staff, fresh fruit ready for a recharge!
Favorite fruits:
watermelon, grapes, blackberries, blueberries, orange slices.

However, melons and apples tend to be too bulky and don't sit well. Apple is one we especially recommend parents to hold off until AFTER a swim, Apples take a long while to digest....

And of all things, I must pay a great homage to the peanut butter sandwich. We have found this is an idea energy burst and we love them cold!!!

Prior to swimming, on the way to the pool eat a banana!

178 to 138 in first gear. I must swim my way to Fiji-Fitness with just months to do it!!!

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7/9/07 9:31 P

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Kelly, I also run and this is a big subject on the running boards because they do such long distances, but they don't want to eat anything heavy. That's how I treat it. It always seems to be a carbohydrate and protein combo like a bagel and PB, I know that's a big one. They also say wait about an hour before your activity. Sorry I missed your post. I ask for any new topics from this board to come to my e-mail, but I didn't get this one. Hope this helps and take care.


It's about lifestyle changes not a number on the scale that will get me to my goal.

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7/9/07 1:06 A

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I usually swim within an hour after eating breakfast. 9 out of 10 mornings I have one large scrambled egg, 2 slices of bacon, and 8 ounces of orange juice. Then that 10th morning, just for a change, I have 2 slices of toasted white bread w/ about 1/2 teaspoon grape jelly on each piece, 2 slices of bacon, and 8 ounces of orange juice. I always seem to have plenty of energy while I am swimming, although I am usually famished when I get out of the pool, so I have a snack... such as a banana or some wheat thins, etc. Hope this helps!

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6/19/07 12:17 P

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That is a good question. Uhm... I think that what you're eating is ok though I'd change a few things to make it more caloric so you don't get the migraine.

For example, I'd change the whole wheat for something more rapidly absorbed like regular white bread. I would also add some fruits to the yogurt spread, something like berries (it adds energy + makes you feel full longer). Also you can bring a power bar for after swimming snack, you can have half after swimming and half during the morning.

If you don't want to add calories, I'd say you have your breakfast earlier than you do now so you give your body time to incorporate the energy. It all seems quite healthy but more on the slow absorption side.

Hope this helps,

Edited by: ALDANA at: 6/19/2007 (12:18)
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6/19/07 11:52 A

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I'm just wondering what everyone eats before swimming. If I have a hard swim and don't eat enough either before or after, my blood sugar plummets and I get a migraine. I was working out in the evenings and had my food all worked out, but I just switched to first thing in the morning and am still figuring the food out.

This morning I had 3/4 C. of pineapple and a slice of whole wheat bread with a dab of yogurt spread. I don't think it was enough because I was starving when I got to work and a yogurt and an oatmeal with raisins later, I'm finally feeling the beginnings of a migraine go away. I may have to add another piece of bread or something.

So what do you eat before you swim?


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