So many people as the same question when they hear that I workout at 4:30ish in the morning most days (after “are you crazy?” and “how do you do it?”)…do you eat before?
Actually, eating before workouts is a super personal thing. What may work for one person, may not work for you. But, I’m going to tell you what I do.
When I workout that early, I don’t eat first. I need at least an hour to digest much of anything for it to not be on my mind during my workout. I get up, get dressed, check in on my accountability groups while I drink my E&E (one of my secret weapons!) and then get going. I used to have Shakeology before morning workouts when I would get up at 5 and workout at 7. But now, I usually wouldn’t eat before working out then. I used to think that I needed to start eating then, but I’ve found that not starting so early (when I’m not really hungry anyway) has helped me stick to my plan a bit better!
If I workout later in the day, I’ll usually try to time my Shakeology for 1-2 hours before, and then E&E a half hour before. The shake gives me the best of both worlds – I’m full, so food isn’t on my mind, but I’m not feeling weighed down, so that isn’t on my mind either. I can focus on my workout and get it done!
The first thing I’ve been “eating” has been coffee, and this week I’ve stepped it up with a teaspoon of coconut oil, and then blending it up with my blender. I tried this before, but it didn’t stick. The blender makes it nice and foamy and delicious…a real treat. And it does help keep me full. I usually eat actual food for the first time at about 9am.
What do you eat before your workouts?
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