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The right fuel can:
- give us stamina
- give us energy
- keep our tummy settled
- Timing matters
- Portion size helps
- How digestible the food is really helps
I aim to eat 2 hours before exercise so that I'm not in digestive mode whilst trying to jump up & down. But, due to other commitments, if I am exercising on an evening & can't access the kitchen 2 hours beforehand - you may also see me eating really close to my workout. But what I eat changes.
Portion size helps
The closer to my workout I eat, the smaller the portion size, again for me, this comes down to being able to digest it, and not have it sitting in my stomach whilst my blood is aiming to pump through the muscular system. We all need protein, good fats & complex carbohydrates. The good news is, if you are eating very close to your workout, and especially if you are going to sweat...you can have a simple carbohydrate as it will give you energy, and you'll use it right up! (ideas below)
How digestible it is helps
The more dense a meal is, the longer it will take to digest. Meats, fish & fats will all take longer to digest. Which is a good thing post-workout, to repair us & to stop us craving. But, before exercise, it's great to choose a meal that you can digest easier:
- A slow cooked meal with chicken, & veg
- A soup
- A large smoothie
Ideas & recipes
Here are some ideas if you eat 20 mins before your workout (please note, these are female portion sizes taken from my Goddess recipe book & program):
- a banana & 5 walnuts
- 2 sticks celery with nut butter spread inside
- a breakfast cookie (recipe here)
- 2 squares of dark chocolate & 2-4 brazil nuts
- a 1/2 portion of a smoothie with spinach & berries, hemp seeds for protein (or a clean powder) and chia or coconut for good fats. See a recipe from my recipe book here.
If I am eating 2 hours beforehand:
- My portion size may still be slightly smaller than a usual evening meal.
- I choose carbs like sweet potato for energy or beetroot as it oxygenates our body which is wicked for endurance.
- I am a huge faan of one-pots & soups. I think Sallys tagine in my recipe book is a firm favouite!
- Prep-ahead salads like this one
I hope this has been really helpful for you, if so, please do share it on your social media for everyone to access.
What do you think, would a post-workout blog be useful?
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HOW DOES YOUR DAY START??
Bleeping alarm, crazy kids, achey bones, snooze button?? (Or all 4?!)
Lately I've found myself really tired when i wake up, so I've turned back to my 'self-care tool-kit' that I've built over the Years (one of things I love to help clients to create too!) If you are anything like me....your finite amount of energy is often challenged by the curve-balls of parenthood, the juggling 🤹♀️ of work & home...not to mention the sleep!
This is why Self-care is Health-care.
Keeping your 'cup' topped up supports your energy for those curve-balls.
Here is my 4 MUST go-to solutions for a feel-good morning. These are all quick to do for busy households!! - I hope these are useful for you. If so, do let me know!
Sometimes the best thing sounds just too simple to be true...but if you know me...you know how I harp on about water!
500ml on a morning not only increases our metabolism by 30% for 2 hours, it also floods the system with goodness, and gets us moving!
If you imagine compressing on our muscles all night long, in the same way to compressing a sponge - all the water gets squeezed out. Pump the water back in by offering water & then also moving too (choose your favourite pilates move here!)
2. ESSENTIAL OILS
If you have woken up groggy...essential oils are amazing for stimulating our brain! Research has shown how inhlaling oils goes to work on our limbic brain & helps calm the nervous system.
Certain oils have different properties - choose a roll-on, rub into your palms & inhale for best results:
Peppermint - for focus
Orange - for lifting our mood!
Lavendar - for relaxation
Bergamot - for relieving anxiety
I made a 'clarity' blend that has many of these in - do have a tester when you next pop in!