As you might know already, I am yoga addict. I’ve been practising for more than two years now and simply fell in love with its philosophy, its hot but tolerable toughness, its range of exercise and my amazing teachers. I will explain my yoga practice/life more deeply in a following article, but for now, I wanted to share with you all a very big surprise! Half a year from now, my yoga instructor told me that they were having a very special event at my studio during the summer holidays. I was intrigued but hesitated for quite a while actually. I was wondering if it was worth it, spending that much money is such a thing, ore whether I shouldn’t have better to do it abroad. But after a while, deep thoughts and inner discussions, I knew that I wanted to take that opportunity, going way further on my yoga journey….
That’s it people! I am going to join a “Hot Yoga Teacher Training”!!! I am so thrilled to reveal it to you all and can’t wait to see what you all think. It’s meant to be a very though, hard-working but terrific month; we will all have lots to study, three hours of hot yoga lessons a day (from Mondays to Saturdays) and various other lectures on the yoga philosophy, its history or how to be a proper teacher!
I am looking forward to it very very much; nonetheless we are forming a very good team, a mix of different people, cultures, backgrounds and stories – I am sure we will all have to learn a lot from one another – but we will have the chance to be taught by two marvellous and gifted teachers! I guess we’re all a little anxious, nervous about what’s going to wait for us, how our body is going to react to so much activity, how we’re going to feel emotionally etc. But I am confident, and hope that all the people that I am sharing this adventure with are as well!
This is to say that my teacher, Heidi, has asked me to give them all some pieces of advice about what were the best things to eat before our morning session. Therefore, I am grabbing this opportunity to write an article, for I thought that sharing it with you all might be an actual good idea!
I must confess that usually, I tend not to eat a thing before my morning workout. But it usually is just a short one. For longer ones, I always eat something, and you’ll discover what in a few minutes.
A popular fat-burning strategy is to exercise on an empty stomach in the morning. Indeed, studies have shown that exercising on an empty stomach may increase fat oxidation and allow stored fat to be mobilized as a fuel. However, the fat that is used comes from inside muscle cells, and not from below the skin; thus, using more fat does not mean that you’ll lose more. That cancels out that fat burning theory; and maybe worse, what will be used as energy as well are your muscle’s proteins! So in the end, to maximise one’s performance, one ought to eat!
Studies have proved that small carbohydrate intakes are essential before starting your morning workout; it delays the onset fatigue and improves your endurance, because of their ability to enhance the availability of blood glucose to muscles. What is great to add to your snack is a source of vitamins and minerals, from fruits to vegetables, in order for your body to be fully prepared and energized for that sweat! However, what you should not do is binging right before, which will only make you feel nauseous; you’ll end up feeling not satisfied at all about your workout! But again, this is totally personal, and your body might feel or react totally differently; you should not swallow my words as they are but experience on your own, for yourself.
Let’s go over all those beautiful, easy and quick recipes that will guarantee a full but happy stomach. You can almost all make them the night before, so that it’s ready for you to eat before your workout.
The Three Simple Ones
Bananas – They contain three different types of sugars, two being quickly absorbed into the bloodstream (and thus give you a quick energy boost) and one acting more slowly, keeping your blood sugar levels stable and ensuring a long term boost. They also are full of potassium, which energize the brain and makes us all more alert and receptive to learning; its magnesium content improves focus.
A piece of rye bread topped with almond butter – The whole bread will give a lot of energy, while keeping you full longer (with all its fibre content) and is therefore a “sustainable” source of energy for a workout. It will also balance your blood sugar levels. The almond butter (or any other type of nut butter) is full or protein, which is needed in small proportion before working-out. It is also a great source of vitamins and essentials nutrients that will help producing a oxygen, based energy in the body!
Trail Mix – There is nothing simpler to make; just mix almonds, walnuts, gogis, dried cranberries, cashews, and any types of nuts or dried fruits you like together, put that in a jar and carry it with you all day long! It is full of proteins and vitamins, as well as minerals and good fats (that are directly used as a source of energy) and quickly metabolized carbohydrates. If you’re in a hurry or not very hungry, go for this one…it’s just deliciously simple!
The Three Delicious Ones
Energy Balls – You can find the recipe by clicking on the link. They are very good as a pre-workout snack simply because dates are natural sweeteners, full of carbohydrates that do not induce blood sugar spikes and are therefore a long-lasting source of energy. They are perfect on the go, simply delicious, gooey and chocolatey…heaven on earth, one of people’s favourite!
Matcha Chia Pudding (make two small servings) – Chia seeds are full of proteins, calcium, omega 3 & 5 fatty acids, fibres, potassium and antioxidants, all those things you’d like to find in your body before working-out! All these nutrients, vitamins and minerals support healthy muscle functions, are anti-inflammatory (the flavonoid called quercetin) and keep you energized for longer! It was even used by Incans and Mayans as a major source of energy… they were the voice of reason! If you’d like to know a little more on chia seeds, click on this link!
- 2 tbsp of chia seeds
- 1 tbsp of oats
- 1 tbsp of dried coconut
- 1 tbsp of matcha powder
- 200ml of plant based milk
- 1 tsp of maple syrup (optional)
(1) Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
(2) Add the milk and stir well until everything’s well incorporated.
(3) Let it set for about 30 minutes in your fridge, or more, depending on how much milk you put.
(4) Once it reached a jelly consistency, put half of it a a bowl, add banana slices, fresh red fruits, almonds and other types of grains. Enjoy!
Brainiac Breakfast Bars – There is nothing to add on these bars that has not been said on the existing article. They will simply full of fibres, quickly metabolised carbohydrates and fats, vitamins and minerals…you’ll feel like a workout fairy (or elf for us boys)!
Last but not least, what is at the core of a good and effective workout simply is…water! You have to drink as much water as you can; as my yoga teacher told me the other day, “the one that does ask how much water she should drink is not drinking enough of it”! What’s even better for you is to drink a warm lemon water straight out of bed and never to stop drinking while working out; add a few slices of lemon and a pinch of salt to detox your body and electrolyze it (since the human body tends to lose a lot of minerals and electrolytes when sweating)!
Have a beautiful and sunny day people, which will hopefully be started with a big sweat!