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D19 How I Properly Fuel My Body For Morning Workouts

I never know what to eat before I work out; but after a lot of trial and error I think I've discovered an eating plan that works for me on gym days. A small snack pre-gym and a nice meal post-gym seems to be working best for me.

Eating eggs and an English muffin or oatmeal or some other hearty breakfast is a great way to start my day! It keeps me satisfied and sets me up to be successful for the rest of the day; but when I eat a nice filling breakfast before going to the gym I usually feel sluggish and slow. Apparently my body can't digest my breakfast AND burn calories at the same time LOL. I also find I enjoy my breakfast a lot more when I don't feel rushed and I'm not anxious to get going.

But I know I can't work out on an empty stomach and I'm one of those people who's always hungry first thing in the morning so there's no way I'm going to the gym on an empty stomach. Not to mention, when you work out you need fuel! You can't drive out of state with an empty gas tank and not stop to fill up first. There is a misconception that if you workout hungry your body will burn more fat to fuel you but that's a myth that could end up getting you hurt. If your blood sugar drops too low and you pass out while on the treadmill you're not doing yourself any favors ;-) And if you don't pass out (because that's probably pretty extreme) you'll probably end up with a banging headache and not feel strong and powerful enough to get through your workout. Why work out at all if you're not going to give it your all? In my opinion it's a waste of time! I work out to get stronger, get toned and lose weight. Not because I have tons of time to waste. So I make sure I'm fueled up and ready to go so that I can kick ass and get 100% out of my sweat sessions.

Some of my favorite pre-workout snacks
:
-Fruit with 1-2 tbsp peanut butter (amount of PB depends on the workout I have planned)
-Toast or light English muffin with PB2 and topped with fruit
-Banana or apple plain
-Smoothie
-Plain greek yogurt with fruit (but I can't do this because I can't eat yogurt anymore. Found it was bothering my stomach so I've gone dairy free!) 

After I workout I refuel with
-Old fashioned oats
-Eggs (scrambled, omelet or fried) with veggies and toast or light English muffin
-Egg "McMuffin" (at home! Not from McDonalds!)
-Side of fruit with all meals 

I'm not a dietician or nutritionist so I can't tell you that that's what you SHOULD eat but I do find that if I stick to a protein and a carb pre-workout and refuel with carbs and protein afterwards I feel better than if I don't eat enough or overeat.

And as I mentioned, it's a lot more enjoyable to sit and relax and enjoy my meal after the gym vs. trying to inhale it to get to the gym on time. What works for me might not work for everyone but since I work 1-9 most days I enjoy getting up early, having my pre-gym snack, coming home and showering and getting ready for work (hair and makeup) then cooking my delicious breakfast. Once I've got everything done for the day I can enjoy myself and there's nothing better than eating slowly and savoring every bite. 

-t

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