Saturday, March 13, 2010

Diet Re-boot

So I hit the gym for the pool on Thursday... and let me tell you swimming is hard.

Parts of my body were sore that I hadn't been used in years. But I pushed through the pain and did some laps. Then I got out of the pool and felt like I was going to pass out, for the second time in a month.

Last time it happened I started drinking more water and taking my vitamins, but now that it's happened again I'm questioning my diet.

Today was grocery shopping day and I loaded up on more protein, fruits and veggies. A lot of what I think the problem is that I workout on an empty stomach. But if I eat before I hit the gym I get all vomit-y.

So I picked up some protein bars to eat in the AM. Hopefully it will be enough to keep my from getting light headed, but not too much to make my stomach icky.

What about you guys, eat before working out or on an empty stomach?


  1. Protein helps me, big time. I tend to get light-headed if I don't eat before I exercise, too, but I've never gotten pukey after chowing down on fruit, veggies or something like a protein bar before running or working out. After I've eaten Cheddar Bites from Sonic, however, is a different story...

  2. I didn't worry about it until I started traing with long miles running on saturday morning. Now I get up about 1 1/2 hours before the run and eat a bowl of cereal with a banana (Cheerios, Raisin Bran, stuff like that). I also hydrate with a glass of OJ and water up until 45 minutes of the run. It's really helped keep my blood sugar and other stuff in synch.

  3. Definitely no food within an hour of working out (unless it's that gel stuff). A protein bar 1.5 - 2 hours before is what I try to do. But if I'm sort on time and really desperate for a little fuel, I'll eat a handful of almonds or half an apple.

  4. I like to work out first thing in the morning, so I never eat beforehand. When I was running after work, I didn't have any caffeine within two hours of the run, and I ate yogurt with banana an hour or two before. It helped with the side stitches I was getting, too.

  5. A banana a day (morning meal) is a great way to manage your weight and eating it before your workout will give you needed carbs!