Chug Chug Chug

November 18, 2008

No, that’s not the sound of me drinking beer with lunch (although that would be nice!) – it’s the sound of me chugging through my day. I made some good progress on Micro and am starting on Chem as soon as I finish blogging.

Lunch was fresh and delicious today 8)

A Sabra hummus, red pepper, green lettuce and jalapeno sandwich on GH High 5 bread


Some leftover kale mystery salad


And an Oikos with Quaker Squares crumbles


All together now –


I recently started getting the Nutrition + Culinary Consultants’ Health and Wellness SmartBrief and found this article included in today’s headlines to be worthy of sharing. As always, the bottom line is to listen to your body, but I think it makes some good points about how the average exerciser thinks workouts always need to start and end with a snack –

Post-Workout Snack May Hamper Weight Loss

Study time!

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1 rhodeygirl November 18, 2008 at 1:13 pm

i want high 5 bread! i hope they start making it soon at my gh!


2 Mara November 18, 2008 at 1:16 pm

Looks like a great lunch!


3 VeggieGirl November 18, 2008 at 1:17 pm

LOVE that kale mystery salad!

Thanks for the article link!


4 ashley (sweet & natural) November 18, 2008 at 1:18 pm

Thanks for the article link! I never really worry about getting food in me right after a workout. If I need something, I can feel it and I’ll eat. If I can wait an hour or two, that’s fine too. Whatever works!


5 K November 18, 2008 at 1:21 pm

Thanks for the article! Lunch looks great. Good luck studying :)


6 Oh She Glows November 18, 2008 at 1:22 pm

mmmm hummus! :)

About the article- I think there are way too many factors that go into it to be able to say much about whether post workout snacks will hamper weight loss. It depends on your duration, intensity, whether you at beforehand or how much you ate that day, the amount of muscle you have, etc. Articles like these can be misleading to the public I think…

Angela (


7 Allison November 18, 2008 at 1:29 pm

I know you have a lot to do, but I have a QUICK question! I am a college student living in the dorms, and I find it difficult to get my 5-6 servings of veggies. It’s not that I don’t like them, just with no kitchen, mini-fridge, high cafeteria prices, etc…I always seem to fall short. What do you think about veggie juice as a supplement to fresh vegetables? I wouldn’t have it every day, and I would always make sure to get a good serving of “real” veggies, but it seems so much easier to have a big glass of veggie juice (all natural, with no sodium). What do you think? I can’t wait until the day that I can make fun lunches/ dinners with veggies in a KITCHEN haha.


8 Halie November 18, 2008 at 1:30 pm

Very intriguing mystery Kale salad!

I read the article…I haven’t really made my mind up about the article. Kath is right, you must listen to your body. I don’t like eating before work outs, but my workouts are always before breakfast or lunch.


9 Kath November 18, 2008 at 1:30 pm

Allison ,
I think that sounds like a great way to get in some extra veggie nutrients given your limited storage and cooking capacity :)



10 Runeatrepeat November 18, 2008 at 1:32 pm

I think it depends on what exercise you are doing as well. I know I have a crappy next run if I don’t eat within 30 min to an hour after running. Overall, listen to your body like you said :)


11 Katelyn November 18, 2008 at 1:33 pm

Your sandwich looks delectable!


12 Mel November 18, 2008 at 1:33 pm

Interesting article, I don’t know if I agree with it totally though. I have to have at least something after working out. Although I cannot eat anything for hours before I work out otherwise it makes me sick. That must negate the pre-snack! :)


13 ChristinB November 18, 2008 at 1:35 pm

The article confused me, too. I work out 4-5 times per week and ususally have an apple or a pear an hour before and a yogurt with some type of crumble afterwards. (I thought that the protein/carb combo was good for working out.) I work out for 1-1.5 hours, sometimes just cardio, sometimes cardio+weights. I take some step/spin classes that are pretty intense and afterward I’m really feeling like I need to refuel. I don’t have a heart rate monitor – that’s on the Christmas list – but I do feel like I really exerted myself afterward.

Anyhow, I don’t want this to hamper weight-loss. (I only have 10 lbs or so to lose – not a huge deal but I want to lost them nonetheless.) I do feel like I’m listening to my body and I have energy throughout my workouts but am I doing something wrong?

If any of you readers can clarify this for me, I would appreciate it!


14 Maggie November 18, 2008 at 1:41 pm

Great lunch :) I have to get some yogurt to have with my lunches… good thing my free samples are coming today!

I liked the article… very interesting.


15 MizFit November 18, 2008 at 1:44 pm

*drool* off to make SOMETHING (?) for me and the toddler tornado.
wont be nearly as lovely I fear.


16 neeta November 18, 2008 at 1:49 pm

I also am not sure if I agree with that article. I had always heard before that your metabolism increases after exercising and many times my stomach tells me I need to eat then anyway.


17 Sarah November 18, 2008 at 1:50 pm

Great article, I signed myself up to receive them, too, thanks!


18 Shelby November 18, 2008 at 1:51 pm

Mmm, your sandwich looks delectable!


19 Julia (Santa Barbara Dreaming) November 18, 2008 at 1:52 pm

Interesting article. I know that after I exercise, I let myself eat anything and everything, and that’s probably not the best idea! I think that for the people eating an apple or yogurt after working out have nothing to worry about. The article was talking about high carbohydrate snacks post workout, and yogurt hardly counts as high carbohydrate.
Anyway, you just reminded me I have some hummus in the fridge! I’m excited for lunch now, yay :)


20 Lisa November 18, 2008 at 1:55 pm

Interesting article. I guess I don’t totally agree with it. I mean if you end up with a calorie deficit in the end of the day you should still be losing weight. I don’t think it matters the timing of your food post work out. Although I do think some people over indulge in post workout snacks such as high calorie protein bars because they think its allowed or its healthy. I agree with the others listen to your body eat if your hungry if not don’t! Believe me I know that is easier said than done though haha


21 ModelBehavior November 18, 2008 at 1:55 pm

Thanks for the link Kath, I love that kind of thing!


22 Exercise mama November 18, 2008 at 1:57 pm

does anyone know if jamfraka bars are dairy-free??


23 Andrea (Off Her Cork) November 18, 2008 at 2:03 pm

That bread looks amazing!


24 Jen November 18, 2008 at 2:04 pm

Your sandwich looks so good!! I need to get over to GH so I can try out their bread! It always looks so delicious!

Great article – thanks for sharing :)


25 Beth November 18, 2008 at 2:14 pm

That sandwich looks awesome! How do you get all that tupperware in your lunch box??


26 DaisyMay November 18, 2008 at 2:16 pm

I think the article is subjective. If you have been working out consistently with a post workout snack and you have maintained your weight then it obviously does not apply to you.


27 Seeleelive (for the love of peanut butter) November 18, 2008 at 2:20 pm

Thanks for that amazing info, kath! I feel like the more educated we are, the easier it willl be for us to treat our bodies kindly and the “right” way.



28 erin November 18, 2008 at 2:33 pm

the article is kind of confusing to me. See i work out in the morning. Before i go to the gym i try to have some soy milk mixed with some protein powder. Then after my work out, i shower & drive to work. So by the time i get to work, it’s an hour and half later. Then i start making my breakfast — which you are an inspiration to.. I’m way more creative with my oatmeal! and i’ve pretty much weaned off the need for brown sugar on it!


29 ChristinB November 18, 2008 at 2:34 pm

Thanks for the input, everyone!

And thanks to Kath for always posting these health-related links. They make for great reading.



30 Beadie November 18, 2008 at 2:36 pm

Interesting article, thanks for posting it!


31 Mary Ponzio November 18, 2008 at 2:37 pm

yumm i wish I could get bread like that


32 Melissa November 18, 2008 at 2:44 pm

I read the post-workout snack article yesterday. very interesting, although i guess I kind of knew that already.


33 Oh She Glows November 18, 2008 at 2:46 pm

I agree with Lisa’s reply that as long as you still have a calorie deficit at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter when you eat those calories. If you are hungry after working out, eat! Eat healthy wholesome foods, but eat nonetheless.


34 zestycook November 18, 2008 at 2:48 pm

Ever since I met I now love hummus on my sandwiches :)

great article link Kath



35 Moran November 18, 2008 at 3:02 pm

I agree with you Kath, it all comes down to listening to your body!


36 Allison K November 18, 2008 at 3:08 pm

When I was losing weight I ate like you do, a small snack before my workout, and then breakfast at work an hour and half later….
I didn’t read the article, but I am assuming they are talking about people who eat snacks before and after a workout, that aren’t part of the planned meals.
But…I didnt’ read the article


37 Megan November 18, 2008 at 3:29 pm

Thanks for the article! Your lunch looks yummy! So jealous of your GH bread.


38 Fitness Surfer November 18, 2008 at 3:45 pm

I’ve been listening a lot more to my body lately, and making sure I don’t get too hungry. I don’t eat unless I’m hungry. Thanks for sharing. I use to be so specific about the times I would eat, and especially in relations to a workout. Now, I just have meals planned and eat them when I’m actually hungry. This is a whole new world of health for me.


39 Heather November 18, 2008 at 3:58 pm

That article is good food for thought (hehe- oh no she didn’t!!). But yeah, I definitely do that whole “snack before, snack after” routine- especially surrounding long runs. Listening to your body is a much better plan.

Good luck studying!


40 Biz November 18, 2008 at 4:56 pm

Dang, I just rememberd I forgot to add my jalapeno slices to my lunch – oh well!

Sammie looks good though!


41 jess November 18, 2008 at 5:32 pm

That bread looks Super wholesome and amazing. Thanks for the link- very interesting.


42 megan November 18, 2008 at 6:04 pm

thanks for article, kath! i am not usually very hungry after i work out. i can usually wait 2 to 3 hours before i have to eat. but if my stomach starts grumble then i usually at some yogurt or fruit or cottage cheese. it was interesting to see that time plays a factor- i did not know that.
by the way, your sandwich looks delicious!
have a good Tuesday evening!



43 Erin November 18, 2008 at 7:07 pm

I think the reason I eat after working out if my adrenaline is pumping and I’m like whoohoo I feel good give me a delicious sandwich etc… etc… I don’t feel as bad eating after the work-out, most of the time….. I think psychologically people will eat or not eat immediately after….


44 Liz turtle November 18, 2008 at 7:42 pm

That sandwich looks amazingly hearty! The bread looks like it has a lot of substance to it.


45 Justy2003 November 18, 2008 at 8:23 pm

Man, if I waited 3 hours after my workout to eat I might just keel over! I’m usually starving within an hour!


46 Teenage Veg Head November 18, 2008 at 8:41 pm

that bread looks so good and healthy!


47 Alicia November 19, 2008 at 3:11 am

I don’t agree with the article. I am usually dying from hunger after circuit training and intervals at the gym and post-workout nutrition is very important.

It really depends on the kind of exercise.


48 runjess November 19, 2008 at 10:35 am

The GH bread always looks so good!

I’ve never understood why people think they have to eat before and after they workout. It’s definitely necessary after a really long, intense effort, but that’s usually not the case for the average exerciser.


49 kate November 19, 2008 at 6:57 pm

Sabra hummus is the best!! way better than your average gross-grocery-store-brand 😛


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