by Sara Vance, Nutritionist & Author of The Perfect Metabolism Plan & Host of The Metabolism Summit
Energy is Needed for Performance.
Your body needs energy to perform at it’s peak. So when choosing what to eat before and during your workout – you want to look for something that will deliver nutrients and useable energy. Here is a list of 15 Superfoods for Peak Performance to consider adding to your daily nutrition.
But another consideration that is often not mentioned, is that what we use to fuel our workouts should also be easily digested.
You see, digestion takes energy. So if you are putting something in your body before a workout that is not easy to digest – then you are borrowing the energy you need to perform and diverting it to digest that food.
So – essentially overwhelming your digestion will take energy away from your workout.
Think about it – food that is not easily digested can not only make you feel like you have a lump in your stomach (who wants to work out with that?), it can also result in bloating, pain, indigestion, fatigue, and cramping. And if you are regularly eating foods that you are not tolerating well – overtime – this could make you more likely to suffer from chronic inflammation – which impedes recovery and can lead to overuse injuries.
So focusing on your digestion is one good strategy for athletes looking to improve energy, performance and recovery.
Some Easy to Digest Pre-workout Foods:
How do you know if you are not digesting food well?
Common Digestion Foes:
Below are some common foods that may not be ideal fuel for you because they could be working against digestion:
How’s Your Energy?
If you feel your energy lagging in a workout – think about how you fueled that workout. Ask yourself:
Just remember to regularly check in with yourself about how you are feeling during and after your workouts and that will help you to find out YOUR ideal fuel!
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You will hear Sara’s interviews with 30 experts including:
And that is just a few of the 30 amazing speakers you will hear on The Metabolism Summit! This summit is not to be missed – and make sure to get your pens and paper out – each talk is chock full of actionable tips!!
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Article written by Nutritionist Sara Vance, author of the book The Perfect Metabolism Plan A regular guest on Fox 5 San Diego, you can see many of Sara’s segments on her media page. She also offers corporate nutrition, school programs, consultations, and affordable online eCourses. Download her free 40+ page Metabolism Jumpstart eBook here.
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