As you now know, yoga exercises are as important as the meals that you eat when you are practicing yoga, and for you to get the best out of your yoga exercise you need to know how to balance the two. The most crucial part that you need to balance the two is before and after yoga. This is because getting this process wrong at that time can affect the outcome of your exercise. Therefore, you need to learn what is best for you to eat before and after yoga practice.
What To Eat Before Yoga Workout
There are two possible things, which can affect your yoga workouts. One is hunger and the second one is dehydration that comes from sweating and losing excess water in the body. Watermelon is one of the best foods to eat before a workout because it helps you curb both hunger and dehydration. Watermelon is made up of water, which increases water levels in your body keeping you hydrated. The water also keeps you feeling full for longer.
Yoga just like any other exercise needs a lot of energy for you to perform it effectively. One of the foods that you can take to boost your energy is almonds. Almonds contain magnesium, potassium and vitamin E, which are all nutrients that help in boosting your energy. So grab a handful of almonds preferably unsalted the next time you feel like you need more energy to workout.
The other food that is good to have before yoga is a banana. Bananas are usually rich in potassium. When you eat a banana, its potassium works with sodium in your body to help you stay hydrated which is very important when you are working out.
When you practice yoga in a completely empty stomach, most often than not you will get tummy rumbles that are not just irritating but distractive to. You can avoid those tummy rumbles by taking a whole grain toast 2 hours before your workout. What the toast does is it provides you with energy that can sustain you throughout your whole workout and a stomach that is not empty hence no rumbles.
Oatmeal is a good pre-workout snack to take. This is because it is light and easy for your body to burn but strong enough to provide you with enough energy to carry you through your entire workout.
Apples are good to take before a yoga class because they contain water which can help in hydrating your body. They also contain fiber, which can help you not to feel hungry faster.
Greek yogurt is a protein-rich food that is good at keeping you energetic the whole time you are doing yoga. Greek yogurt does that because it contains lactose, a type of sugar that your body uses to provide you with energy.
What To Eat After A Yoga Workout
When you finish your workout, you obviously aren’t allowed to eat anything in the next 30 minutes. That was explained earlier on in the audiobook. Nevertheless, the good news is that you are free to eat after thirty minutes. But, what should you eat?
Yoga practices have been known to cause dehydration so the first thing that you will need to take is water. If you are not a fun of water, then you can squeeze some lemon or blend some mango, avocado, passions or pineapples to create a juice that will keep you hydrated.
Yoga doesn’t just dehydrate you, it also uses up all your stored glycogen, which leaves your body with a decrease in energy levels. This situation is dangerous because it can cause your metabolism to slow as well as cause muscle loss if you don’t eat and provide your body with energy. Here is a list of some of the best foods that can provide your body with energy after a yoga workout:
- Fruit salad
- Brown rice
- Sweet potatoes
- Whole grain or brown rice
- Dark leafy greens
- Chocolate milk
You now know how to eat when you are practicing yoga. The next chapter will focus on frequently asked questions and their answers. This topic is important because it gives you a heads up on the world of yoga as you get to see some of the possible questions that you might have, being answered.