From the Rungry Health Coach: An Intro to Pre & Post Workout Nutrition

From the Rungry Health Coach: An Intro to Pre & Post Workout Nutrition

By Beth Roessner  What do you crave after a long yoga practice or a challenging strength session? Do you want something salty, meaty and full of flavor? Or maybe you’re hankering for something a little sweeter? Whatever you’re craving, honor those cravings by creating a balanced snack or meal full of nutrients to help your body repair.  Pre- and post-workout nutrition is different for every athlete based on their dietary needs and preferences. But, we all need quality foods to feel our best. Opinions vary on pre-workout nutrition. If your workout or run is scheduled first thing in the morning, and your body does fine on an empty stomach, then complete your workout. (This is considered a fasted state.) However, some people do benefit from a little bit of carbs first-thing in the morning. Reach for a piece of fruit for quick energy. If you’re working out between meals, grab a small snack about 30 minutes before you workout to keep your energy levels up. Easy-to-digest carbs like bananas or rice cakes would be perfect. If you’re really hungry, add a dollop of nut butter for fats and protein.   After a tough workout, there is a short window of 30 to 60 minutes to refuel and replenish the body.  Eating right after a workout helps enhance recovery, restore glycogen stores, and helps with muscle growth.  (What’s glycogen? It’s how our body stores energy for later use.) Stick with a snack that’s full of protein and carbohydrates. Fats slow down the digestion process, but they will not reduce the benefits of a post-workout snack. While some athletes benefit from...