Deanna Leimbach reacted to Snappy Shark in pre-workout foods?
Hi! I've been doing this a while (about 2.5 months), and I also train in the morning...I thought I'd chime in with my favorite pre- and post-WO meals. I do CrossFit at 5:30 or 6:30 am, and eat a good 1.5-hours before the class starts. (Yes, I get up at 4am most days. I'm one of those chirpy morning people. )
Pre WO: An egg fried in some ghee or coconut oil. Easy, simple, delicious. I've also had success with a handful of raw cashews or almonds, but that's only when I run out of eggs.
Post WO: "Pancakes" that are basically 50% egg white and 50% mashed plantain (canned/pre-cooked and pureed squash or sweet potato would also work here) with a dash of cinnamon/salt and cooked on a griddle. Mashed sweet potato with baked salmon or chicken breast is also wonderful.
I'm on my way to work by 7:30 and have my 'real' Meal 1 around 8:30 or 9:00 - today it was ground beef and sweet potato hash with a side of green beans and half of an avocado. YUM.
Deanna Leimbach reacted to iomchris in pre-workout foods?
I'm like you Meagan, if I work out first-thing (which I prefer to do) I don't seem to need anything. The only exception is if I'm going for a longer run (at least 10k), then I'll probably eat a hard-boiled egg.
But if for whatever reason my workout is a bit later in the day, I find it more challenging. I can't get away with eating nothing, but eating too much or the wrong thing can sabotage my workout. Most of the time I'll have a banana or maybe a banana and a hard-boiled egg, but reading other posts in this thread perhaps the banana is a bad choice?
Deanna Leimbach reacted to Carie Skeahan in pre-workout foods?
For pre-WOD, the Whole9 Nutrition Workshop Packet says to include a small amount of protein (1/2 a meal size or smaller), and (optionally) a small amount of fat (1/2 a meal size or smaller). Do not add fruit or carb-dense veggies to your pre-workout snack. It specifically says if you train first thing in the morning, something is better than nothing.
For post-WOD, try a meal sized easily digestible protein, up to a fist-sized portion of carb-dense veggies and little to no fat. Do not use fruit as your primary post-workout carb source, but rather choose sweet potato or yams or squash or pumpkin or beets. Your post-workout meal is a bonus meal and should not replace breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is designed to help you recover from a high intensity workout.
I hope this helps.
Deanna Leimbach reacted to Zak in pre-workout foods?
When I do an early morning workout, I usually have either half an apple or half a banana and small can of tuna or salmon. Pretty light, but gives me enough to get moving and hit the workout hard. Afterward of course I have a good breakfast with eggs (or some type of meat), veggies, and usually half an avocado.
Deanna Leimbach reacted to jhmomi in pre-workout foods?
I always have one hard-boiled egg before I go to the gym. I eat about 6:30 and work out with my trainer at 7am. Always have plenty of energy, even on conditioning days.
Not sure when you began your Whole30, but my energy level and stamina increased significantly after 4-6 weeks of Whole30 eating. If you don't have it now, just keep on going. It's worth it.