The jury is still out on whether you should eat before your daily bout of exercise. Kids used to be told to never go outside to play on a full stomach. It would make them sick. Well, if they were loading up on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or processed cold meat sandwiches loaded with tomato ketchup, of course they might get sick. You’d had to be a fool not to know that you can’t quite possibly dine on a hefty cheese burger with fries before going out for a run.
You’re sick and bloated before you’ve even opened the door. But yes, you can eat before going out for a run or beginning your favored or designated workout, whether its weights in the gym or just skipping rope for five minutes. And you can even eat during your exercise. It all really depends what you’re going to be eating before, during and after your exercise. Common sense should also tell you that whatever you’re going to be eating is essentially going to be very good for your body.
Your lifestyle situation also has a role to play. But life doesn’t need to be an unpleasant inconvenience. All you need to do is plan ahead of time and improvise. Adapt your own personal weather conditions and your body, mind and soul will be just fine. If you’re a morning person and who does not need to head off into the traffic to work, you could do your exercise then. And at least two to three hours before your exercise session, you can still enjoy that most important meal of the day.
Yes, that’s right ladies. Breakfast is still the most important meal of the day. Only this time around it’s going to be healthy and wholesome all year round. How about that. I generally favor a bowl of healthy oats garnished with a few of my favorite garden strawberries, just a dash of plain white yogurt and, to sweeten things up healthily, a teaspoon or two of organic honey over the oats and fruit and yogurt mixture.
While you’re juicing with your exercise, you can also eat. Again, it depends what you’re eating and what form of exercise you’re doing. Exercise and basically all-round physical activities bring the best out of us. It can also make us quite hungry at times. The more intense your exercise, the more intense perceived sugar cravings may be for you. It may feel similar to those you experienced before you starting exercising on a regular basis, but it’s not quite the same thing.
Yes, your body is craving sugar. Only it’s crying out for natural sugar to help it replenish exhausted stocks as a result of your physical exertions. This is why a good juice with your exercise is perfect. Also, you’re not filling your stomach which needs to stay light during its physical intensity. I’ve often seen girls snacking on what they call high-energy snack bars while they’re pedaling on their bikes. But I could never get close enough to read their snacks’ labels.
Just because it says it’s a high-energy snack bar, doesn’t mean it’s all good for you. You may as well just take along with you a slab of sugary and processed chocolate. The right health snack has no preservatives in it and certainly not an ounce of white sugar in it either. I like the new trend in healthy, organic snack bars. These are muesli and oats bars. They’re basically just a compressed version of your breakfast cereal.
This is breakfast on the go. It’s ideal for busy women who need to rush to get off to work. At the office, it’s a relaxing way to start off the day, working your way through your favorite health snack with your freshly brewed cup of black chamomile or green tea. This health fad is great for busy women but I still believe the truly natural alternative is the best. Apart from its obvious nutritional value, you’re not using any unnecessary plastic or paper. You’ve packaged your own mid-morning meal in your own sustainable container which just needs to be washed out when you get home from work later in the day.