Morning workouts are best for my schedule, and I used to rarely eat in the morning before working out. If I did, it was half a Clif bar or maybe a banana and a glass of milk. I always felt just fine working out without much in my stomach, or without anything at all. But the last month or so I was having a complete smoothie before my workouts, and then a full breakfast afterwards. I thought that maybe it was a good thing to have some food in me while working out. But my triathlon coach has told me that if I don’t feel like I need it, then I don’t need it. At least not for shorter workouts, which is all I’m doing these days. So here is my new daily food routine:
1. Breakfast, green smoothie – Immediately after I get home from my morning workout.
2. Lunch, spinach salad, or something else healthful.
3. Afternoon snack. Something healthful.
4. Sensible dinner with plenty of protein. I’m focusing on fish (mostly salmon) and ground turkey.
Overall I’m trying to include more fruits and vegetables, unprocessed, whole grains, less fat, less red meat, and less sugar. Oh, and definitely less dairy.
Over the past month I’ve been hovering between 215-220 lbs. After going on a strenuous three-day hike in the Uintas of Utah with my family I dropped down to around 210, and now I’m hovering between 210-215 lbs. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes from here. The first shipment of spinach is coming in today, so tomorrow morning will be my first green smoothie.