As of right now, I’m multitasking. Blogging on the treadmill is one of my new favorite things to do. Some might say I’m nuts or being too dangerous, but I’ll take that chance. If I’m walking on the treadmill, I get incredibly bored. If I’m walking outside, I can’t stop thinking about work and what I need to get done. This way, I’m killing two birds with one stone. (metaphorically, I’d never be able to kill a bird)
I have had a lot of people ask me…”what do you eat before a workout.” I’m not a professional, but I can tell you what I do. And keep in mind that everyone’s body is different and performs different with different foods. (wow so many difference shoved into one sentence) I’ve done a lot of trial and error. But it all comes down to which workout I’m going to do. Working out on an empty stomach isn’t ideal for me. Personally, I don’t think it’s safe to workout without fueling your body. Some people would argue and there are a ton of articles written about the subject, but I’ll never be one of the empty stomach gym goers.
Your body is a lot smarter than you think. If you don’t give it fuel, it goes into “survival mode.” Protein is stollen from the muscle, and your body will start losing its muscle. Muscle is gorgeous and robbing the body of proper nutrition before a workout will slow your metabolism, and prevent your body from performing it’s best. I used to be one of those girls who thought eating before a workout would make you fat and defeat the purpose, but that only made me look like a stick and it wasn’t healthy. Plus, fuel gives you energy and energy is what gives your workout the kick ass status.
So don’t be afraid to eat that that delicious breakfast, drink that refreshing water, and smile before going to the gym! It’ll make you a happy campy in the long run. I don’t recommend eating globs of pancakes, bacon, and eggs before a workout because it’ll most likely make you sick, wait until afterwards for that.
I’ve mentioned in previous posts about my “juicing” abilities. I love that juice is full of nutrients, and how convenient it is when you don’t have time to sit and eat a billion fruits and vegetables. I like to drink my juice with breakfast. I feel like my workouts are so much more energetic after a nutritious juice. (with breakfast of course) Drinking 8-12 ounces of juice is better on my stomach before a workout rather than eating all of that fiber and or heavy produce.
The juice I had this morning before my workout consisted of: 3 large carrots, 1 medium tomato, 3 large celery stalks, 10 large strawberries, 1 medium cucumber, 1 green apple, and 1 lemon without the peel.
I like to eat breakfast before my workout and then again after my workouts. Instead of one big giant breakfast, I eat two medium sized breakfasts. One of my favorites is scrambled eggs. It’s quick to make, full of protein, healthy fats, and magically delicious.
-In a pan on high, add 1-2 cups of fresh spinach with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Continue to stir the spinach until the leaves are lightly wilted and the spinach turns dark green. You don’t want the spinach to cook down too much or you’ll lose too many nutrients.
-When the spinach is cooked, add 2 large eggs and 2 large egg whites to the pan. Cook on medium high until the eggs are done!
-Mix in 3 tablespoons of fresh organic parmesan cheese.
I usually seat my scramble with a piece of whole grain toast, but I haven’t gone to the store yet. Bananas are also a favorite carbohydrate source for workouts. I served the parmesan scramble with fresh peaches, pineapple, and strawberry!
This usually fuels me for a good 45 minute workout. After my workout, I usually have a couple hard boiled eggs and oatmeal.
So, please please please workout responsibly and eat before you sweat! I love working out, but I wouldn’t be able to do it without proper fuel and hydration. Food is your friend and your body depends on it.