Im pretty sure a lot of you all exercise and then eat a big fruit meal...am i right? otherwise you would eat and then have to wait for it to digest and all that.
Or do some eat a big fruit meal before they exercise and wait for it to digest?
Im also curious because next month i have 2 big dance conventions....and its allllll day long dancing.....probably an hour-45 mins top for lunch break.....im nervous i would just be finishing my smoothie after 45 mins and then rush right back into dancing and im scared i will get cramps or that it will hinder my thought processing cuz i'll be digesting....what do u think?
Thanks for replies! :D
Eat both before and after!
Focus oh high carb foods before like bananas and dates, datorade is perfect, to sustain your body high activity levels beforehand. Afterward eat both high calorie foods to continue supplementing your muscles with energy, but also incorporate water rich foods like pineapple, oranges, melons to replenish your body with electrolytes! Shakes are perfect for fast digestion, so I would suggest to make multiple mason jars of smoothie in the morning and sip on it all throughout the day!
I usually have something light like a big smoothie before a workout and then a fruit meal afterward. That seems to work well for me. I like to fuel my body with something that will give me energy before a workout but also have it be something light that won't feel heavy in my stomach or interfere with my motivation.
I agree with the previous two replies, just want to add my experiences.
It's all depends on what kind of activity you are going to do, so you can figure out what and how you need to fill your body with the right essentials. Most of the time I like to train without eating anything and then after my hard strength training or strength & conditioning workout I'd eat fruits with nuts and seeds, or smoothie; then 1 hour later a bigger meal. When I'm doing kettlebell sport (power endurance) or hiking, swimming, etc., I do like to have a banana, dates or a piece of my homemade raw bar prior my activity to have energy to keep on going. Raw cacao beans are great for that purpose too.
Also I find green smoothies very energising before an endurance training session or long distance activity.
E.g.: spinach, parsley, coriander,celery, banana, coconut water smoothie (you can use simple filtered water if you don't have coconut water; works well too)
My favourite after training smoothie is avocado, banana, dates, activated almonds, coconut water... Yumm
Hope this helps!
I've always wondered this also, not so much lately since I've been eating more fruit and not really exercising. Back then, I thought why eat after exercise? Its undoing everything. But there's nothing to 'undo' why you eat right. Mabe try a couple days before and see what happens.
To eat after a workout is essential!
What to eat?
It's all depends on the volume of your training session.
I'd have higher energy fruits, such as banana, dates or mangoes with activated nuts, seeds and grated veggies after a very intense workout. If I have endurance day, I choose to have more lighter meals like veggie or fruit soups, smoothies.
Try it and see how you feel afterwards.
If you feel low in energy, you'd know you might need to choose higher energy natural foods; if you feel quite sluggish and full, you might want to choose a lighter veggie salad or juices.
Let us know how you go.
yes i definitely know to eat after working out!! it is hard however when it is an all day dancing event. i'll have to think some more on how to do it!
Very good question. We have some workout specialists on the site here, so hopefully some of them will chime in with professional advice.
The importance of eating after a workout can't be overstated. After vigorous exercise, your muscles will be screaming for fuel. Eating large quantities immediately before a workout isn't advisable in general. So, here's my tips, just based on experience.
Make sure to really fuel up the day before your dance convention. Make it a day of rest and carb up! Then wake up early in the morning and have a good breakfast, lots of sugery fruit (maybe a banana date smoothy) at least two hours before you start. About an hour before dancing, drink a bunch of water, giving yourself an hour before that and dancing.
If you prepare in this kind of way, when it comes to performing, you'll be ready. Then, when you have your lunch break... just down something like oranges, or perhaps some datorade :). But, make it light, liquidy, easily and quickly digestible.
After the competition, put back big fruity meal.
Then set yourself up (plan), to have a day of rest the day after the competition. And really rest. No exercise, just recovery, and lots of carbs! :D
Hope that helps. Let us all know how the competition goes. And good luck! :)
thanks so much, sounds like good advice!! ya i wish there was more time to eat/digest when there is the lunch break....cuz i'll basically be dancing 9-12 then 1-4 or 5 , kind of hard to fit a meal in after breakfast...just means maybe i will have to keep lunch light volume wise, like maybe cucumbers with dates.....breakfast a small smoothie....then once im finished smash a lot of fruit! lol
I know what you mean about short breaks. When playing hockey, we'd have 15 minutes between periods to fuel-up and often have several games tightly packed into a day. Thankfully, volunteers would slice buckets of oranges for us and we'd feast at each break! :) Even back then, without being vegan, we all knew the routine: carbs, carbs and more carbs before the game; light, juicy fruit during it :D
I find even on regular days having a big (1000+ cal) smoothy in the morning really sets up the day. On a high exercise day, I think it's essential.
Hope all goes well for you! Being an uncoordinated white guy, you dancers sure impress me :P
thanks for your input!!! :)
Both. Big smoothie carafe before--wait a little while, ~1 hour; more smoothie and fruit after. I'm a novice fitness-er so far tho.
Just do what you would normally do food timing wise. I would just have a 3000cal day the day before and then a 1500cal breakfast early that morning and a 3-4 dates per hour. You will be able to smash out a 15hr day like this. Aim for clear urination every 2 hours.
If other girls can dance digesting bacon and egg rolls, Im sure you will be fine with the lightest digesting food in the world...FRUIT! :)