So, recently, since enhancing my workout routine, I changed my eating habits.
Whereas before, I worked out having absolutely nothing to eat before, that is nothing for the 14-15 hours before training (intermittent fasting thing) except for my 1 cup of black coffee-no cream or sugar added- now I started eating a slice of whole wheat bread/2 rice cakes with a thin layer of peanut butter and date spread, about 45 minutes before my workout, and when I go to the gym- I stir 1/2 measuring spoon of Vega hydrating mid-workout powder in my (icy) water bottle and sometimes take an apple and a date too.
The thing is- the gym is a 30 minutes drive from my home, so I take my trips there seriously- I swim for 75 minutes twice a week, then do 2 classes- pilates and aerobics, or yoga.
This means I spend almost 4 hours -working out+commuting there.
I decided that this is a long period of time to go without food, and this might compromise the quality of my workout itself- not to mention the intended muscle growth.
Oh, and don’t forget I really do love to eat, so, there’s that too.
So, I started checking online to see if my food choices (bread or rice cakes with peanut butter, apple and date) were legit.
This was when I was convinced, yet again, of the utmost importance of using your brains while searching for any kind of information, on any topic.
As I read article #1-link below- I was told that eating my whole grain bread wasn’t a good idea at all instead- said to the article- I should focus on: rice cakes, bananas, yogurt, smoothies, and apples. (and more- check it out yourselves in the link).
Yet- when I moved on to article #2: well, suddenly my piece of bread was considered a stellar choice, and by all means, I was to avoid: yogurt, apples, overripe bananas, smoothies, and those rice cakes. (there’s more to the article- again- check it out in the link).
Was I surprised? well, actually, no.
Being a class A long time introvert, and perhaps due to my former longtime job as a lawyer, I have been practicing constant critical assessment of information of any kind, from any source.
I accept nothing I read or hear as absolute truth, and always second guess it- until I cross-examine and double-check it until I am convinced that information is valid+it suits me- not someone else with different issues than me-which might be great but not for me.
In this case- I decided I would use the old method of trial and error- meaning- I shall simply check how my body is reacting to the mere idea of pre-workout snacking, and if it agrees with the concept, then I shall introduce my favorite snacks -one at a time- and see my body’s reaction to it.
So far- the slice of bread with peanut butter +hydration powder -works great.
Tasty+a good combination of carbs+ protein+fat.
Enjoy- the cooliflower.