Morning! One of the things I’ve been doing this past month is eating 50-55% of my carb macros in my pre and postworkout meals. Since I also get 40-50grams of protein in my post-workout breakfast, this means my day is “front-loaded” with macros which I talked about here. This has been working really well for me. I am having much better workouts and my body seems to absorb and use the calories really well. Not only are my workouts better, I have more energy during the day and (contrary to what I thought would happen) I’m not mad at myself at night for not ‘saving up’ macros. It seems to be one of those cases where investing up front pays off in several different ways.
Here’s how I’ve been spending my macros in the mornings this week:
…. this is about 714 Calories and is on the low-end of what I’ve been eating early in the day. Most days I have been closer to 800-900 calories with my preworkout
PREWorkout: UCAN Chia Pudding
The chia pudding is really easy and is also easy to eat/digest at 430/5am before I workout. I think UCAN is the best carb/starch to have for energy. I used it before all my training runs last fall and before all of my races- 10k PR, half PR, marathon PR. You can read more about UCAN here.
Chocolate UCAN Chia Pudding Recipe:
- Mix together the following:
- 20-30grams of UCAN Chocolate Powder
- 1-2 tsp chia seeds
- couple tbsp of water
- You can eat this right away, or make it the night before and refrigerate it (this is what I do)
PostWorkout: Celery Juice
This is brand new for me. When I re-joined AdoFitness a month ago, I was reading through the packet and noticed that Amber now recommended celery juice in the mornings. Here is some info on the benefits of celery juice. Amber recommends it for helping balance your gut and HCL levels. But here are some of the additional benefits:
Technically, I am supposed to drink this at the very start of the day but I am doing it right after I workout due to the fact that my husband is still asleep and running a blender would not be considerate. Plus, I feel consuming it right after I workout is similar to having it first in the day – I’ve used up my pre-workout fuel at that point and my stomach is empty.
I don’t own a juicer and don’t care to spend $100+ on one when I’m not totally convinced on the benefits that this juice will have on me personally, Plus, everything I’ve read seems to say that juicers take up a lot of space and are hard to clean. So, I decided to spend $8 on a set of strainers instead to test out this juice.
To make celery juice without a juicer, you just have to blend up a head of celery (I used my nutribullet and added a bit of water), then strain it so you can drink the juice (and not the pulp).
I’m not completely sold on this juice yet. But I plan to do this for the next month and see if it really does everything it promises to do. For macros, I just enter it as the head of celery
Breakfast: Protein Frosty and Jasmine Rice with Honey
After the celery juice, I make up some form of carbs – either rice with agave or oats with agave. This week I just made up a bunch of rice and measure out a cup of cooked rice (1/4cup uncooked) to pack for breakfast each day.
I also have been making a 169kcal protein frosty to go! 🙂
And I eat 2-3 digestive enzymes from gains in bulk with the meal each day (code RebekahC10 for discount)
Anyone else do the celery juice thing? Or recommend a juicer?
Hope you all have a great day!!