One of the great things about starting this blog is I’ve been getting lots of feedback from you readers. Recently I was delighted to hear that my friend Beverly (who I always looked up to in high school), had recently started her own fitness journey and had some wisdom to pass on. Some of it counters what I’m doing, but that’s the point: I really don’t know everything, I’m just trying to figure it all out as I go, much like you guys! Ultimately I think it comes down to finding what works for you. Here’s what she had to say:
- when doing cardio as opposed to strength training, you need to include pre & post workout meals. This means slow digesting carbs (i.e. whole grains) with a bit of protein, which will sustain you through your workout.
- it’s okay to eat something right before bed. The only rule to that though is it should be a snack high in protein. Your body is deprived of food through the 7-8 hours you are sleeping, so in order to keep it from going into starvation mode and storing fat, have a snack such as a cup of cottage cheese with a handful of walnuts, a cup of greek yogurt with a little bit of fruit, etc.
- fruits and veggies are good sources of carbs but don’t overdo it because fruits are still considered carbs and they are high in sugar. It’s all about portion control!
She also provided me with this guide to nutrition (below – you might have to click on the black bar to see it). Again, it’s all about figuring out what works best for you, but I found it to be pretty useful! Thanks Bev!