Another pre-workout question


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I'm getting ready to do my second Whole30 at the beginning of September and would love some input on pre-workout food ideas.

I just completed a sprint triathlon and ate cashew butter (sometimes with a banana) before most of my workouts. Is this too low in protein?

Before my 9 am race I had 2 hard-boiled eggs and some berries around 6am, but I normally train around 6am and don't think I'll be able to keep down eggs.

Ideas??

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Applegate Farms makes some yummy hot dogs you can try. I went through a pack over the course of about a week. I would have 2 pre workout with some nuts. Each hot dog was I think 3 g fat & 5g protein. It is my understanding that you want about 1/2 a serving of protein before and a full serving afterwards.

AF also makes turkey bologna and roast beef that are W30 compliant. Smoked salmon is really yummy (although I like that post workout!). Chicken is always a good staple. I baked some last night and just take from the container as I need it before or after.

I usually eat about an hour before I workout and my stomach seems to function well, you might just want to get up a little earlier :huh: . Eating before cardio in the morning is new to me, but I haven't had issues yet :)

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I haven't inspected the smoked salmon at WF, but Trader Joe's has a variety that does not have sugar. And it's less expensive :)

Where do you find smoked salmon that doesn't have sugar in it? Even at Whole Foods I couldn't find any!

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I don't eat chicken or beef so I've been making my own salmon jerky. I just get 2lbs with the skin off, soak it over night in whatever flavor you want (or add just salt and pepper), then half freeze it so it is easier to cut thin. Once I cut the piece thin, I pre-heat the oven to 200. Drape the slices directly over the rack and put tinfoil below to catch the drippings. Leave the oven open a crack. Mine takes about 5hrs. Sounds complicated but it's really a set it and forget it situation.

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I've been to two different grocery stores to get Applegate hot dogs to no avail. Both stores were listed on their website as carrying Applegate products - I'm thinking chicken nuggets are probably not keeping with the spirit of the Whole 30 ;)

Do Whole Foods or Trader Joes carry them? Or something comparable?

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I don't eat chicken or beef so I've been making my own salmon jerky. I just get 2lbs with the skin off, soak it over night in whatever flavor you want (or add just salt and pepper), then half freeze it so it is easier to cut thin. Once I cut the piece thin, I pre-heat the oven to 200. Drape the slices directly over the rack and put tinfoil below to catch the drippings. Leave the oven open a crack. Mine takes about 5hrs. Sounds complicated but it's really a set it and forget it situation.

I don't eat chicken or beef so I've been making my own salmon jerky. I just get 2lbs with the skin off, soak it over night in whatever flavor you want (or add just salt and pepper), then half freeze it so it is easier to cut thin. Once I cut the piece thin, I pre-heat the oven to 200. Drape the slices directly over the rack and put tinfoil below to catch the drippings. Leave the oven open a crack. Mine takes about 5hrs. Sounds complicated but it's really a set it and forget it situation.

I had noooo idea salmon jerky was even a possibility...might make some this weekend :)

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I don't eat chicken or beef so I've been making my own salmon jerky. I just get 2lbs with the skin off, soak it over night in whatever flavor you want (or add just salt and pepper), then half freeze it so it is easier to cut thin. Once I cut the piece thin, I pre-heat the oven to 200. Drape the slices directly over the rack and put tinfoil below to catch the drippings. Leave the oven open a crack. Mine takes about 5hrs. Sounds complicated but it's really a set it and forget it situation.

Do you make the salmon jerky with raw salmon fillets? Could you make/have you tried it with sliced smoked salmon? This sounds great! :) I may try this in my dehyrator since my house would be about a million degrees after 5hrs of the oven going!

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Sweet potato mashed with some ghee and/or coconut oil is great pre-workout. Go light on the fat or you may feel it later. Banana and nut butter is not so great. Banana is super high sugar and fruit should really be avoided pre-workout due to potential unexpected, unfortunately-timed BM's. Nothing worse. A hard boiled egg and some macadamia nuts is good as well. Experimentation is the best way to figure out what works. Early AM workouts are a good opportunity to try the macadamia nut/hard boiled egg combo. OR just go without food. That works well too. If you need a pick me up during the workout, if it's over an hour, try the sweet potato and use it just like a gel.

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I've been to two different grocery stores to get Applegate hot dogs to no avail. Both stores were listed on their website as carrying Applegate products - I'm thinking chicken nuggets are probably not keeping with the spirit of the Whole 30 ;) Do Whole Foods or Trader Joes carry them? Or something comparable?

Maureen - my local HyVee grocery store carries them. If you have one locally, you may check with them. Also, many store managers are happy to order in products if there seems to be a demand for them. Perhaps you could make a request?

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