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Eating For Your Workout

One of the most common questions I'm asked relates to eating for your workout. Questions like: "what do I eat before the gym?" or "should I eat before I workout?" My response to that is you should always eat before you workout and it should be enough in advance so that you are not full while working out, but close enough to the start of your workout that you are not hungry. So for this simple task... timing is everything. When you workout on an empty stomach you run the risk of feeling dizzy and nauseous due to blood sugar levels being low. Having a pre-workout meal spikes blood sugar levels, allowing you to maximize your workout, preventing fatigue. Avoid high fat items which slow down digestion and causes what I call the "sleepies," when you feel sluggish and bogged down. For me, carbs are king when it comes to pre-workout. My favorite pre-workout meal is - 8oz ground turkey, 1 cup of jasmine rice, and 1 cup of steamed broccoli. I typically eat at least an hour and a half prior to my workout. This allows me to train hard and heavy while sustaining enough energy to last my entire workout. Post-workout is all about replenishing the body. One of the best ways I replenish is with a post-workout drink. Orange Creamsicle Delight:
  • 1 scoop of Re-Animate
  • 1 scoop of Beast Glutamine
  • 8oz no-pulp Orange Juice
  • 1 cup of Ice
Replacing glycogen within 20-30 minutes after training is key. When it comes to training food is your best friend and also your fuel. It can also be your worst enemy if not chosen correctly. Eat to optimize your workout and not fulfill your hunger, and you will see your workouts reach new levels.