September 29, 2021 | Fitness, Learning, Nutrition | 0 comments | Author: Terry Barga
In keeping with our slogan of Density > Vanity let’s visit the topic of pre-workout fuel. Now I have said long before that coffee, expresso or an apple are good enough for a pre workout snack. That is of course if you care to have a snack before you workout. This is all dependent on what you’re doing in your workouts. Some of us like to lift, some like to work on balance and resistance training, others like to push ourselves to the utter brink of our body limits with calisthenics. All these workouts can be great for increasing strength just like coffee can be for your pre workout boost. I’m not writing to tell you the same old news… that’d be lame.
I’m here to tell you how much fruits like bananas, apples, pineapple, berries and a whole slew of others have helped me endure some of the hardest workouts yet! I’ve been switching, slowly, to a all fruit morning breakfast/fast. My endurance has been turned up several notches since doing this and I have had little to no soreness. What I’m doing is simple, I have 2 servings of either a smoothie or whole fruit. I have them about an hour before the session and then right after my workout. Then I do not eating again till around 11:00am or noon. I typically get up at 4:30am and workout at 6:00am so this is like a partial day fruit fast for me.
The benefits of fruit are many, but I’ll only share a few with you. For instance the sugars that are in fruit are balanced by water and minerals that prevent blood sugar spikes. Since these fruit sugars are laced with minerals and enzymes they really give the muscle what it needs to both endure a workout as well as quickly repair from your strength training. Also, fruit digests fast so it reserves energy for the body and cleanses the colon. The accessibility of the vitamins and minerals from the fruit are what come along side the body to build strong movable muscle. Not rock hard, dehydrated muscle that we are told we should strive for.
Eating fruit in the morning is a great way to ease into intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting is great for overall hormone production as well. When your body is fasted it can produce HGH (human growth hormone) at 2000% the levels of normal for men and up to an amazing 1300% for women. HGH is the fat burning hormone that everybody wants and nobody wants to work for! Your body will produce this at an amazing rate when fasting. Couple that with the detoxing effects of tree fruits and well you can see why your body won’t hold on to all the built up lactic acid.
If you are game to try this out here’s a sample day:
1 cup of frozen berries
2 cups water
Blend and workout
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
2 cage free pastured eggs or grass fed dairy whey protein (only if you are into it, I’m not).
3 cups of water or pastured raw dairy.
Then between 11:00am and 7:00pm eat farm fresh beyond organic food like normal. Enjoy!