Are You An Active Beauty? Then Eat Like This…
I didn’t really understand the importance of fueling my body before and replenishing it after a workout until I started doing hot yoga.
When you ask your body to do rigorous activity, you must reward it before and after by taking care of it with lots of water and the right kinds of food.
I get the water deal (and electrolytes!), but I’m sometimes a little lost when it comes to what I should be doing in the food dept. to prep and then pamper my body.
Moreover, what kinds of foods will help optimize performance and recovery?
Well, I lucked out when I came across this great article from alignyo.com that spells it all out. Here’s a brief breakdown:
Five hours before you unroll
Carbohydrates are the fuel of choice for workouts, so your body requires pre-yoga carbs to power your practice. You’ll want to fill up on complex carbohydrates. Pass the pasta, please: There are many ways to get your noodle on, but it’s not the only game in town. Quinoa, brown rice or bulger will also do the trick. Quinoa actually performs double duty – it provides a kick of carbs and protein.
One hour prior to practice
You want a snack that will keep your energy level up, but you also need to choose foods that digest quickly. Fruit is your friend: Apples, pears, blueberries and bananas are at the top of our list. The natural sugar in fruit will keep your blood sugar elevated. You’ll feel satisfied, but not stuffed.
Soon after savasana
Once your practice is over, your body will immediately begin to use protein for strengthening tissue and repair. Your quick fix: Once you’ve rolled up your mat, reach for a protein bar. One of Latham’s faves: Lara bars. With only two key ingredients (fruit and nuts), these bars are 100% raw and gluten-free – they also come in creative flavors like chocolate chip cherry torte and pecan pie.
When the sweat has dried
You’ll want to eat foods that continue to help you quickly replace the energy you lost while practicing. You’ll also want to reach for water – be sure to hydrate yourself after class. Time to chow: Dine on a lean protein from a vegetable source and complex carbs. Tempeh, tofu, beans, quinoa, fish or egg whites paired with any combination of broccoli, sweet potato or kale will give your body – and your belly – exactly what it needs.
And this generally applies to all types of rigorous workouts–not just yoga. For more info, read the rest of the article here!
Here’s to a more enjoyable and effective workout!