Eating is an art you develop over time. You develop the right combinations by following the eating rules of yoga teacher training India suggested by Ayurveda.
Rules for eating from Ayurveda
You must eat mindfully and spend some time chewing and enjoying your meal. Let us say, you eat cheese with carbohydrates, the body makes a choice during digestion and chooses the proteins. The carbohydrates pass undigested and undergo fermentation! This becomes poison in the body (LDL cholesterol). But, don’t worry too much because we often make wrong choices and our digestive system waits for it. Play it safe for your workout, plan to eat only one food item.
What happens during a workout?
When you work out, either the high-intensity exercise or the slow and extended one, you burn calories. The muscles you stretch will tear. These torn muscles get replaced by new ones. The body needs the protein to build the new muscle. Also, you need ready energy during the workout to sustain your body metabolism until you finish. Otherwise, your body goes into starvation mode and it will begin to eat into the healthy tissues you already have. You will not build up muscles, you will destroy it. Be sure to plan your food and stick to this plan.
Before the workout
Before the workout, you need muscle nutrient carbohydrates so you remain nourished through the workout. The best choice is a protein food.
- Whey drink.
- Hard-boiled egg.
During the workout
The important thing during the workout is to stay hydrated. Go for a smoothie or fruit drink. Avoid high sugar fruits like watermelon, apple, or pears. Also, avoid heavy toxin-forming combos such as banana and milk; it slows the brain and needs excessive energy to digest. By this time, the pre-workout food items will kick in with their share of energy.
- Kale and yogurt smoothie.
- Tangerine and pineapple drink.
By not mixing the acids of the fruits with the base content of the vegetables, you have a better chance of avoiding poison build up.
After the workout
You need to replenish the energy you lost and supply the nutrients needed for the repair of the torn muscle tissue. Here you start to get the energy of the “during the workout” drinks. This helps you keep you from hitting the low levels of an energy blackout. It is time to get back on track with your post-workout food supplement.
- Organic chicken or eggs.
- Nuts, seeds, vegetables (do not include carrots and beets as they are high in sugar).
- Plums, apricot, lime.
You need 1-1.3 grams of carbohydrate per kilogram of body weight after the workout. You also need 15-20 grams of protein within 40 minutes after exercise. This helps the muscle protein synthesis. You also need to stock up the muscle glycogen store. Drink fluids to replace the losses but do not drink water immediately after eating food. You must wait for 40 minutes at least otherwise the food will not digest fully.