Is it Thursday again? Of course, it is, and this means I can TOL with Amanda at Running with Spoons.
Okay, truth be told, I am an “intermittent” intermittent faster, so I don’t always eat pre-workout. I also prefer to exercise in the morning, so the way I fuel my workout is less about food and more about how I’m going to get moving.
However, there’s nothing wrong with people who prefer to eat pre-workout, and for some folks, it’s the best thing for their body. This post isn’t about when you fuel your workouts but HOW you fuel them. I like to fuel intuitively, and I call this process “Intuitive Exercise Fueling.”
The intuitive fuel is all about listening to your body and giving it what needs to get you through and beyond your exercise sessions!
When I’m FINISHED working out, I’m all about getting the right food into my body asap.
In the past, this post-workout feeding could get a bit scary.
I have been on just about every eating plan there is, and none of them ever worked for me. The one way of eating that does work for me (and I highly recommend for anybody recovering from an eating disorder) is intuitive eating.
As an intuitive eater, I tend to refuel my body after workouts with what my body is craving. As long as you’re getting in your caloric needs and base macros, your body will be able to recover, build, and maintain muscle. Typically, after my exercise session, I crave protein; which makes sense — especially after exercise — as the body needs to replenish amino acids from protein to promote muscle repair and growth.
Protein powder is a great way to ensure you take in the correct amount of protein and a great option for adding to smoothies and snacks for your pre/post-workout refuel.
A typical post-workout meal for me could be:
- Fruit and plain unsweetened yogurt mixed with protein powder
- Protein shakes with hazelnut milk, frozen berries, protein powder, rolled oats, and PB2.
- Quest Bars or homemade protein bars
- Gluten free protein pancakes with fruit and agave
I try not to be too strict with my pre/post-workout meals. If my body is craving something sweet, I usually will add some cocoa powder or dark chocolate chips to add that bit of sweetness and satisfy my sweet tooth.
It’s important to give your body what it needs and to listen to it when it calls out to you. And this is the basis of eating by intuition. Eating well after exercise also replenishes your glycogen stores and helps to keep your energy levels high and your body functioning optimally.
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Even though I use the power of intuitive eating pre/post-exercise, I don’t use it as a free pass to make unhealthy decisions. To be honest, once I’m done sweating my ass off, the last thing I really want to reach for is a processed and highly refined food product.
I just eat the macros I need and let my body take care of the rest!
***************This post was inspired by ETB Fit. For more information on their energy sources please check out their Pre-workout Energy page!**************************
Do you fuel pre or post-workout? Do you use protein supplements?