What to Eat BEFORE & AFTER a Workout


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I have recently been doing a new workout routine. I am not ready to unveil it just yet because I want to make sure I love it before I tell you all about it. I was a little too quick to write about the Britney Spears + Jessica Alba Workout Routine. I fucking hate this routine. It made me dread the gym and was so long.  I guess not all things are DIY. Ek!

One things I am confident about sharing is what to eat before you workout and what to eat after. My friend John [who helped me create the new routine] is an Olympian in the 100 meter dash. He actually is a champion wheelchair racer and was once the best in the USA!

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So with great confidence I can tell you: before you workout have a banana. John said it will make you less sore because a lack a potassium amplified sore muscles.  I also found on this Men’s Health article a great explanation:

“They’re nature’s PowerBar,” boasts Dr. Louise Burke, head of Sports Nutrition at the Australian Institute of Sport and coauthor of The Complete Guide to Food for Sports Performance: Peak Nutrition for Your Sport. Bananas are loaded with digestible carbohydrates (read: fuel) and are packed with potassium, which aids in maintaining nerve and muscle function. The body doesn’t store potassium for very long, so a medium banana before a workout will help keep nutrient levels high. Villacorta especially recommends bananas for morning exercisers: “Get up and eat a medium banana with 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt. Wait about 30 minutes and then hit the gym. Your body will need the carbohydrates and protein.”

After the gym you should be drink chocolate milk. I know this sounds disgusting, but it works! John says after a workout you lose glycogen. What is glycogen? Science Daily says, in a matter of words, that humans and animals store glycogen energy in their muscles and liver. Chocolate milk helps replace glycogen and results in a fast recovery. Don’t believe me? UTexas even says so. So ha!

Word of advice from personal experience, don’t workout on an empty stomach!

love, Sarah

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Life Hack #1 – Stay Hydrated with Free Filtered Water from Starbucks


I feel like I always hear about these little “life hacks” from friends, books, research, and my favorite resource: Buzzfeed.  I thought I would share some of this wisdom with you all with a new segment focused on awesome life hacks.

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For this first Life Hack segment, I am sharing how to stay hydrated for free with Starbucks. Ok, I know you are thinking, “water is free, you big dummy!” Yet if you are like me, you never remember to bring a snazzy little water bottle when you leave the house and end up spending money for unnecessary (and wasteful) bottled water.  I have a friend who lives by this trick, we will call her L. L is a hydration Queen.  She swears that Starbucks is required to give water to anyone who asks, regardless if you purchased one of their products. All you have to do is (1) walk in line (2) ask for a Venti ice water – or Trenta if you are feeling bold (3) enjoy free filtered water in a durable cup. This cup is much better than a water bottle because you can reuse it for a couple days and then recycle.  Plus, the water used at Starbucks in notoriously good quality. Starbucks keeps their coffee tasting similar throughout the world by using filtered water – this is a well known fact and also shared on the blog Coffee Cup News.

Happy Friday and stay hydrated out there!

love, Sarah