Your body is in its best shape when it is hydrated well and fuelled with nourishing foods. It is all too often that those who indulge in exercising will cut down on the calories in the fear of putting on weight – this is one nutritional plan that is littered with holes and mistakes.
One must remember that the human body requires calories to be able to maintain the muscle mass and ensure the proper growth and repair of damaged tissue and cells. There are a few macronutrients that need to find their place in your daily diet. These are:
- Fats- for flavor and healthy cell functioning
- Carbs- it acts as the foundation over most diets
- Proteins-for the repair and the growth of muscle
If you are indulging in a plant-based meal with purely plant-based food, then it may become easy for one to miss out on essential ingredients and become deficient.
Make sure to build your nutrients intake around high-carbs for optimal endurance and energy. The meals that you take need to be protein-rich to ensure stable blood sugar control. Here are some of the foods that you can include in the mix:
- Cereals are great sources of energy and carbs- Oatmeal, Whole-grain, and Muesli
- Cut fruits are packed in vitamins and mineral- Both fresh and dried would do the trick
- Baked potatoes and Yam
- Vegetable of all colors- The vibrant your plate looks the richer it is in anti-oxidants
- Dried beans and peas
- Rice, pasta, couscous, wheat berries, and quinoa
- Whole-grain bagels and bread
- Plant-based yogurts and milk
- Scrambled tofu
The Timing Of Your Meals
The time of the meals and the portions are very important. The last thing you want to do is to feel bloated and nauseous after the first set. The larger the meal you eat, the more time you need to give to allow digestion – around 3 to 4 hours would do the trick. Smaller meals will take an hour and a half to 3 hours, while liquids need around an hour to tie in the ends.
Hydration: Drink Up
Staying hydrated is essential. Your performance can severely drop if you are dehydrated and have a parched throat. Just take in plain water just enough to fill in your mouth. Don’t fill yourself with too much water and run around like a water bag. As we say, don’t wait to hydrate.
Stick to a single exercise program, enjoy it, and be kind to yourself if you make mistakes here and there.