I am not a performance athlete, so I take what the experts say with a grain of salt...or not, I keep a pretty close eye on my sodium intake. Having said that, I do eat before I exercise or I get light-headed, nauseous, and have no energy. Sometimes when I have a long workout day, I need to eat between events. I always carry some raisins and almonds in my gym bag.
I think we each need to find what works for us. Recently, since I've been eating more and more raw foods, I find that I'm having to adjust what I have in the morning depending on what I plan to do for exercise. For example, I had my green smoothie for breakfast yesterday, then did an aerobics class and from there spent a bit of time in the sauna and went on to yoga. The green smoothie and yoga was not a good combination, evem though a couple of hours had elapsed, so I will need to keep that in mind and make adjustments when yoga is on the schedule.
Good topic, Michele!
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The only time I eat something before and after a workout is when I lift weights (I just pay attention to what my body is "asking for" during that time and it seems to only need something on weight lifting days).
But when I eat something I pretty much do like Bonidale does. I have half of a peanut butter sandwich before, and my "smoothie" after the workout is often a glass of tomatoe juice (not sure if thats good or not, but seems like it always makes me feel better after weight lifting.)
Trainers can vary so much on this, though...the guy who wrote "Body for Life" believes in not eating anything before lifting weights. Well, I tried that a time or two and felt like I was gonna faint! How he does that regulary I'll never know!!
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That is a great article Michelle! I bookmarked it. Before my run/walks, I eat peanut butter and jam on half a bagel (carbs and protein) and half a cup of coffee (caffeine) and then have a green smoothie for a recovery when I get back. Everyone, check out our next challenge - this information will come in handy.
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