As my competition nears (getting so close!), I’ve been thinking about what I’m going to bring with me to eat. The event is most likely going to last from 10-5 or 6 so I’m going to be in for a long day. I will make sure to post about what I end up bringing and what worked/didn’t work. But for now, I thought I would talk about what I eat before, after, and during my workouts since I’ve gotten a few questions about it!
Pre-workout: I generally have a pretty picky stomach and I don’t do well with a ton of “real” food in my stomach before I workout so I tend to stick to pretty basic stuff. I try to mostly stick to stuff that is easy to digest and that will stick with me for a few hours. I generally I like some carbs, some protein, and fats before a workout.
- pureed pumpkin or sweet potato
- coffee with coconut milk
- almond butter
- protein powder
Intra-workout: I very rarely eat or take in anything during a workout unless I’m going to be in the gym for 2+ hours. I focus on liquids and quick digesting sugars for when I need a little something.
- protein powder (Check out the ad in the sidebar for 5% of a custom or pre-made mix from True Nutrition!)
- candy. Yes, really! There have been times when I have felt weak or dizzy or like I need some immediate energy and candy has definitely helped.
- fruit + carb purees – baby food is awesome for this
Post-workout: I eat a TON after my workouts. I focus mainly on getting a bunch of carbs and protein to help facilitate recovery and strength gains. Also, if I’m going to eat something like chips, fries, ice cream, or a milkshake – it’s going to be a hard and heavy workout. Because everyone knows that milkshakes = gainz.
- rice – my go-to carb source for post-workout food.
- regular potatoes
- sweet potatoes
- ice cream!
- protein powder (protein powder + rice + some almond milk or coconut milk + maple syrup & cinnamon = post-workout rice pudding!)
- beef – I always crave steak or a burger after a workout so I eat more beef than anything else after a workout.
Anyone have a favorite pre or post workout food?