Once I pulled myself together, I found some good info to share. Taking advice from the Washington Post and WebMD, among other places, common recommendations for pre-workout food are:
- Balance carbs and protein
- Stick with low fiber foods
- Eat something low in fat and sugar
- Hydrate with your meal
You'll want to try different combinations, because everyone is different. For the longest time I would eat a banana before a long run - until I realized it was causing a tummy ache 4 or 5 miles in! Now I eat oatmeal or grits and I feel great.
When it comes to post-workout fuel, the best time to eat is within 30-60 minutes of exercise. Your body needs 10-20 grams of protein and can absorb lots of nutrients in this window, too - so prepare yourself a nice healthy meal and enjoy your post-workout glow! Here are some ideas from Fitness Republic.
What's your favorite pre- or post-workout meal?