Good morning my friends!! One more work day for me and then it’s Friday, and that means we’re leaving for Arizona to see our families!! I couldn’t be more excited. It’ll be so nice to have a break and see everyone without it being a rushed, whirlwind visit. I have some great guest posts lined up throughout the week we’ll be gone, and I’ll be checking in every once in awhile too!
I also wanted to thank you all for your input and opinions on the TV shows we were trying to decide on the other day! Man oh man, it was a tough decision. We finally decided on “24″, and we’re loving it so far! We’re about five episodes in already, and it’s gradually pulling us in more and more with each episode we watch. I love the shows that keep making you want to watch more. I suppose it can be a dangerous thing when you can watch them one after another on Netflix.
Ok, so now on to what I really wanted to address this morning: BREAKFAST! I don’t know about you, but breakfast is definitely my favorite meal of the day. I could have breakfast foods for all three meals each day and be a happy camper. I guess that would explain why “breakfast for dinner” shows up quite a bit on our weekly meal calendar!
Something that has intrigued me about breakfast, particularly since I’ve been reading more healthy living blogs, is that I’ve noticed some people eat breakfast before their morning workouts, some eat it afterward, some split up their breakfast in two, some have a snack before their workout and then have a full breakfast afterward… the list goes on. This has never really been something I’ve contemplated in the past because I turned into an “early morning exerciser” just within the past 6-8 months. I used to get my workouts in during the late morning or evenings, depending on my schedule, so when to eat breakfast was never really an issue for me. I would just eat it when I woke up, go on with my day, no big deal. Now that there are some days when I wake up at the crack of dawn to get in my workout, I wonder what would be best for me and my body.
I’ve done a little bit of research here and there to try to figure out when I should eat breakfast in relation to my early morning workouts. There are several different opinions and thoughts that pertain to this topic. I’m not saying they’re all true or factual, but here are some things I’ve heard:
- It’s important to fuel your body before a workout.
- It’s important to fuel your body after your workout.
- It isn’t necessary to fuel your body before a workout.
- If you don’t eat before a workout, you can become nauseous and/or dizzy.
- If you eat before a workout, you can become nauseous.
Do you notice something in these four statements? Yes, a couple of them seem to contradict one another. I think the main thing I’ve realized from this is that I have to do what works for ME and MY BODY. Every person is different. I’ve tried it a couple different ways. If I wake up hungry, I eat a half a piece of bread, get my sweat on, and then eat breakfast. If I don’t wake up hungry, I workout and then enjoy my breakfast. Simple as that. I read my body and how it’s feeling, and go from there.
I’m curious, how do you feel about this? Breakfast before or after your early morning workout? Why?
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