You all know by now that I am just as about as mad about fitness as I am about baking. I am consumed by it. my life is a constant balance between fitness and cake. So a question I am asked lots is what do I eat before I work out. Well, the answer is nothing… but I do drink a big fat shake packed with pretty much everything I can get my hands on that does me good. Sometimes! When I have the time and the energy and especially if I am working out later on in the day.. then one of these bad boy bowls are a big win before hitting the leg press machine. I like the work of the Sirt food boys whose book is available here. My ethos is on eating food and taking supplements which are scientifically proven to be good for me. When I travel it is no different to when I am at home. I carry protein powder and then have all of the other powders weighed out in a Tupperware container with a tight fitting lid.
It’s amusing to me that I chose two things to be in love with which are polar opposites: Cakes and weights.
That said, they do work quite well together with a little planning!
My smart shake comes everywhere with me. So that if I get caught short without anything to eat, I can have a protein shake to stave away hunger rather than (my preferred) extra large bag of Doritos.
It has a couple of compartments which means I can get three lots of protein in there. Perfection.
First comes a sachet of bimuno. A Prebiotic (much more efficient than probiotic). They come in these handy sachets too.
Next comes 2 tbsp of my homemade greens powder. Each day I will have:
10g L Glutamine; Can improve protein synthesis.. which is good for me as I lift heavy weights often
2 g camu camu (super high in Vit C) we all need a bit of Vit C
5g spirulina (has things like protein, iron, vitamin B1, and Calcium in )
3g Maca (Good for things like libido and mental and physical energy)
5g Ceremonial Grade Matcha Green Tea (jammed packed with things like anti-oxidants)
5g Leucine helps with protein muscle synthesis
Now we are almost there..
Time to add some water and give it a good shake
And that is it. As with all things it is best to speak to a doctor before starting to take anything new. This is quite heavy on the stomach first thing, so I tend to drink half of it before I train and then half of it after.
The gym is so much more than aesthetics and physical health for me. It’s a place where I can go into the zone, balance my thoughts, or let off steam. In short it’s brilliant for mental wellbeing too. So if you’re stuck in a rut or feeling unhappy or down, do give lifting weights a try… it might take a bit of time but you may just begin to fall in love with it.
What do you eat before you work out or can you not handle anything in your stomach? And do you find exercise good for your mental health?
Let me know below!