Monday, February 7, 2011


First of all, your body primarily uses carbohydrates (carbs) for fuel. Fat contributes to fuel needs, but your main source of energy comes from glucose. After an evening of rest, your body’s stores of glycogen (stored glucose) is somewhat depleted. Your brain prefers glucose for energy as well. Given this information, for optimum performance and energy, it IS best to eat something prior to your morning workout.

Your best bet for a quick morning meal is some complex carbohydrate for longer lasting energy, mixed with a small amount of protein to moderate your blood sugar. You want to avoid an insulin spike at all costs (this means don’t eat only simple carbohydrates!). Follow this simple rule and you will reduce the amount of times you reach for a quick sugar fix because you will crave less by keeping yourself properly fueled.  Don’t avoid carbs rather educate yourself about which carbs you should eat.

Check out this link and cut and paste onto your fridge.

Depending on your energy needs you could try:
-a hard boiled egg and half a slice of whole wheat toast
-a cheese string and an apple
-a glass of skim milk and half a banana
-sprouted grain toast, organic peanut butter and a glass of skim milk
-half a cup of 1% cottage cheese and fruit (I combine cottage cheese with low fat yogurt)
-a protein smoothie mixed with fresh or frozen fruit

Well I must go eat my boiled egg, one piece of multigrain and jump on my spin bike!  Have a great day! 

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