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I always have a box of raisins about 20-30 minutes pre-WO.  They are a great source of energy and because they are low in calories I don't experience any gastric dumping that can come from eating too much too close to working out.  I prefer to save protein for post-WO since protein repairs your muscles from the stress of exercise.  There are a few Larabar options that are Whole30 compliant.  I think the banana bread, key lime pie, and cashew cookie are all compliant and are all very tasty!

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I always have a box of raisins about 20-30 minutes pre-WO.  They are a great source of energy and because they are low in calories I don't experience any gastric dumping that can come from eating too much too close to working out.  I prefer to save protein for post-WO since protein repairs your muscles from the stress of exercise.  There are a few Larabar options that are Whole30 compliant.  I think the banana bread, key lime pie, and cashew cookie are all compliant and are all very tasty!

Sorry Porter, but neither of these fits the pre- and post-WO suggestions for during a whole30. 

 

Before the workout we recommend protein and fat only, no carbs. Carbs like the raisins you are eating are a quick source of energy for sure, but since we are working on becoming more flexible in what fuels we can use, it helps to avoid giving your body simple carbs at this time. 

 

Post-workout we are looking to repair muscles quickly, so that means lean protein is best. Fat slows digestion, which is great a lot of the time, but not so great post-workout because it prevents you from getting protein ASAP. The nuts in your Lara bar are a fat source, which makes a Lara bar not a great choice post-workout. Many people also feel better if they get carbs in right away after the workout to restore gylcogen. For those people, a low-fat snack of protein and carb is recommended post workout. So your raisins would be better here, but still not recommended. Ideal would be a starchy vegetable like sweet potato alongside some lean protein like chicken breast.

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