What should I eat before and after going to the gym?
November 13, 2011 6:11 PM Subscribe
What should I eat before and after going to the gym? My priorities are food that (1) won't make me feel like throwing up if eaten before an intense workout, (2) is nutritious and beneficial for a weight-training/cardio improvement regime, and (3) is inexpensive. Specific requirements inside.
At the gym I do weight lifting, calisthenics, or TRX suspension circuit training. This can be pretty active and involve moving my stomach around much, which results in nausea. The only breakfast that's easy to make that I've found so far that seems to keep me fed without running the risk of feeling horrible later is instant oatmeal made with water, and apple juice. I've considered smoothies but usually run out of time. Some things that make me feel not-so-great: bananas, oatmeal made with milk, cereal with milk, yogurt.
Also, what are good things to eat afterward? I don't have access to refrigerated storage during this time, so I generally need things need to be stable for a couple of hours. What I'm eating now: bananas, apples, granola bars. Occasionally if I am above average in planning, I can bring in things in advance such as yogurt.
I also have the option of buying food in the building where I work. This is necessary some days because I occasionally won't manage to bring the food with me. Some options are: bagels, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, hard-boiled eggs, bananas, apples, cut melon, Greek-style yogurt, fruit-and-yogurt parfait, hummus and pita, quiche, egg-and-ham croissant sandwiches, granola bars, energy bars (for example, Clif Bars).