There are plenty of foods you can eat that will do the trick before during and after training or racing that don’t involve having to drop money on an “energy nutriton” products

Before

Nutriton before a workout needs to happen 2-3 hours prior to the start and needs to focus on carbohydrate rich foods (lower glycemic index) with small amounts of protein and fat. Pre workout nutrition can be more or less balanced with an emphasis on carbohydrate. Some examples of good pre race foods are:

Oatmeal, Quinoa, Bagels with nut butter and banana, low fiber fruits like bananas

Avoid: foods that are high in fat or protein or high on the glycemic index scale, foods that don’t agree with your digestive tract or that you have mild allergies to

During

Nutrition during a workout needs to focus primarily on carbohydrate because this is primarily what your body is burning.  It’s important to avoid dumping too much carbohydrate into your gut at one time.  Eat or drink small amounts frequently.  Some examples of good food to eat during activity:

Bananas, bagles (lower fiber preferably), dates, almond butter and banana sandwich (for lower intensity, longer workouts), almond butter and banana in a soft shell tortilla wrap (again for longer lower intensity workouts)

Avoid: foods that are high in fat or protein (during lower intensity long endurance work you can get away with more)

After

Nutrition after a workout or a race needs to focus on replacing carbohydrate stores as well as refueling the body with good fat and protein to help regenerate muscle tissue. A balanced meal is usually the best course of action after a long hard workout.  Here are some examples of food to eat post activity:

Lentils, lean meats, nut butters, low glycemic index fruit, quality plant based protein like hemp and pea

Avoid: high glycemic index foods, bad fats, “acidic” causing foods like caffeine, deep fried foods, alcohol

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