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Thursday, 13 July 2017

What To Eat Pre & Post Workout - A Look At My Diet

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Hello hello, sorry for being a little MIA for the last few days, I've been feeling a little unwell and haven't really slept enough so I'm trying to catch up on myself. I recently posted a video with a look at a new workout and I’ve since had a few messages about my diet. Today, continuing the discussion of my favourite topic, balance, I thought I’d write a post giving a little insight into fuelling your exercise routine in a balanced way and basically giving you a little updated look at what I eat. Let’s talk!

Diets - First things first, I don’t believe in diets and never will. I’m sure you’ve read my blog post all about the dangers of clean eating, but if not, make sure you give it a read. For me, I don’t diet because I don’t believe in deprivation and also, I couldn't live on salad, there are so many incredible foods in the world, I really think life is too short. Life is about living and enjoying and you’ve just got to do it in moderation, you shouldn’t ever need to diet as far as I’m concerned. I recognise some things work really well for some people which is great but I just don’t agree with deprivation. When I deprive I’m just unhappy, moody and I binge. Read: Small things I did to lose weight and tone up. 

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Balance - I’m sure you’re all sick of me going on about this but balance is really important to me and I live by the 80/20 rule with my diet which means I eat well 80% and have whatever I fancy the other 20% of time. This means I rarely binge because I don’t deprive myself. I talk about it all the time but it's because it really is true and I personally find it works really well. If you don't feel deprived you really won't binge, simple as!

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Breakfast - For me, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. There are so many debates on the breakfast topic so I’m gonna leave your thoughts up to you, but for me, I was always told that breakfast fuels you for the day ahead. See your body like a car, the engine needs fuel to work efficiently. I get really sick if I don’t eat breakfast, it’s my metabolism needing fuel apparently!



Breakfast Pre-Workout - Somedays I eat breakfast pre-workout but it will only be a small snack like an apple or a natural bar whilst some days I do my workouts fasted (without eating anything first), it really depends how I feel when I wake up. If I wake up hungry, I will eat a little something so I can work out efficiently. There’s loads of different research on fasted workouts and non-fasted, apparently it doesn’t really make a difference. I can’t workout with a full stomach so have to leave at least 2 hours after a huge breakfast and personally it does feel better when I work out fasted but it depends how hungry I feel. I'd rather have something inside my tummy so I don't pass out, even if it's just a little something before working out.

Breakfast Ideas - I love sourdough toast, rye bread, avocado on toast no more than once a week, healthy pancakes, which I pretty much live on (see my healthy pancake recipe), poached eggs, oats. I always start my day with a cup of green tea, I swear by Bloom and teapigs.



Post-workout Fuel - I tend to have a huge carby meal after working out. I usually eat lunch in my gym (David Lloyd, the best gym ever honestly) and always opt for a jacket potato with tuna, cottage cheese or an omelette with broccoli, cheese and tomatoes. I don’t believe in carbs making people gain weight and literally live on them, I hate hearing people say carbs make them fat as I literally live on them. For me, lunch is such a boring meal unless I’m eating out, I've just never been a sandwich kinda girl but I’ve started to eat a lot of sushi for my lunch if I’m out. Often, I'll have a small snack before working out and then I will have my oats as an early lunch, if I'm not eating at David Lloyd.

Favourite snacks – The main way I keep my diet well balanced is by making sure I have good things to snack on so here’s my go to list of snacks. Note: with my food I focus on the sugar amount and saturated fat. I don’t count calories and never will but try to keep the saturated fat low and the unnatural sugar low. If I want sugar I don’t want it in my salad I want it in my cake!

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Yushoi - I have been picking these delicious pea crisps up in my supermarket for months now as they are a good source of protein but low in saturated fat. Imagine a crunchy snack covered in spices, but actually healthy and still tastes like crisps? Yup, Yushoi are incredible. They’re totally guilt free.

Sushi - Sushi tends to be expensive but it’s definitely my go to snack when I’m out and about. I love Wasabi and Itsu, I just wish they had fresher sushi in supermarkets to pick up.

Naked Bars - I always have a bar in my bag and Naked are the best ones I’ve come across with only natural sugars in and low saturated fat. I also love Deliciously Ella balls. I always have something healthy in my bag so I don't end up grabbing a packet of crisps every day (I easily could because they are my weakness).

Healthy Bars - Naked bars do tend to cost a lot so I make my own healthy bars, they're full of goodness and taste absolutely amazing but fill me right up, they also stop my sweet cravings. You can find the recipe here but they’re absolutely delicious. I'll be blogging the full recipe asap.

Rice cakes - Another filling but not bad for you snack! They're obviously not full of nutrients but they keep you full.

Fruit and veg - I love apples, carrots, blueberries. You name it! Such an easy thing to snack on but they are full of nutrients too. I try to put seeds, fruit and things like that in my oats or smoothies so I ensure I'm snacking on things which are nutrient dense.

So there we have it, a little look into my diet! Remember, fuel is so important and the better the fuel, the more efficient the body but don't beat yourself up for having pizza. We live once, just balance it out. How do you keep your diet balanced?

You might also like:

10 ways to hit your health and fitness goals
12 simple health and fitness tips 
Why I don't believe in diets
Small things I did to lose weight 

Lots of love, Em x

*Huge thanks to Yushoi for working on this with me, as always it's 100% my honest opinion, as with all sponsored content.

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