Food as fuel

I’m pretty impatient when it comes to certain things: traffic, slow computers, my not-so-quick to heal IT band that I may have mentioned a dozen times here or there. So while I was waiting on it, I decided to try and speed things up by focusing on my diet.

I eat fairly healthy most of the time, but I don’t necessarily the way an athlete should. So I really focused on getting enough calories and the right kind, specifically protein. I made sure to eat before and after working out. I know, I know. This is like athlete nutrition 101. But I often skipped one of the two. I’d get lazy and then tell myself, those rules were for the pros. They weren’t for me. Pretty sure I was wrong about that one. But that’s the thing about your fitness routine and your diet. You have to find what works for you and that means a lot of trial and error.

I’ve also been focusing on hydrating: drinking more water and using hydration tablets during and after workouts. I’ve also been trying to get more potassium. For breakfast, I’ve been having smoothies or a oatmeal with almond butter, pepitas, almond slivers and a sliced banana.

And, I’ve been trying to cut sugar. This is a tough one for me. Allow me to explain:

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That’s me.

But word on the street is that sugar isn’t great for you. So instead of ice cream, I’m choosing smoothies. I’m a big fan of one with oats, almond milk, almond butter (I use this kind. No added sugar), cocoa nibbs and a banana. It’s almost as good as a chocolate shake.

What are some ways you fuel or recover from your workouts?

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