Teaching 11 spin classes/week, commuting by bike plus race training means nutrition needs to be on point. I have to eat enough to keep my energy up and choose the right things that won't cause me to crash and burn. Now adding in #fallfitnonstop workouts and I find that my hunger level at meals has skyrocketed. In these moments-- I would anything I could get my hands on. Which is why I've given myself a plan for handling the hunger. These are the rules:
- BEFORE heading into my workout, I have a healthy snack packed and waiting for me on the other side. Today it was low-fat string cheese! Just enough hold me over until my healthy post-workout meal.
- DRINK LOTS of water. It helps me recover from the workout, keep me hydrated and helps my belly feel full. Lemon water is my jam. I've been filling an entire jug of water and keeping it in the fridge with tons of fresh lemon slices.
- EAT the meal I planned. Avoid going out to eat post-workout unless you know exactly what (healthy meal) you are going to order before you workout! Today the post-ride meal was a GIANT bowl of fresh spinach topped with 2 eggs and 1 egg white, with a side of delicious in-season apple slices w/ almond butter. the bomb.
- AFTER I eat, wait 30min. I finished my spinach and eggs and apple and I wanted more food. I feel this way almost EVERY meal. At the end, I want more. That's when the 30min rule helps SOOOO much. Drink some of that lemon water, clean up your dishes, listen to a podcast, answer some emails, but DO NOT PUT ANYTHING MORE in your mouth until 30min has gone by. Chances are the hunger will subside and you will have moved on.
I hope this helps. Onward #TeamNonStop--- together we got this!