Fueling for Fitness: Top Foods for Exercise Performance | The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans LLC


Athletes and non-athletes alike need proper fuel when it comes to improving the intensity and results of their workouts. Foods that require lots of digestion weigh you down, sap your energy, and leave you feeling sluggish and fatigued.

Fresh, clean foods provide your body with the essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals needed to get fit and stay healthy. Before any sweat session, make sure you’ve provided your body with the proper fuel.

This quick cheat-sheet will help you eat for energy and boost exercise performance:

Food to AVOID

  • Cheese
  • Pancakes
  • Dairy
  • Refined Sugar
  • Pork
  • Energy Drinks
  • Trans Fats
  • Breakfast Cereal
  • Hydrogenated Oil
  • Processed and Pre-Packaged Foods

Fantastic Food Fuel

  • Bananas
  • Chia Seeds
  • Egg White Omelets
  • Greens
  • Coconut Water
  • Gluten-free Grains: Oats, Quinoa, Millet
  • Dates and Figs
  • Homemade Trail Mix
  • Almonds
  • Coffee
  • Green Smoothies
  • Fruit
  • Salmon
  • Berries: Blueberries and Raspberries
  • Fluids!

The ideal pre-exercise meal has five characteristics:

  1. Low fat
  2. Moderate in carbohydrates and protein
  3. Low fiber
  4. Contains fluids
  5. Made up of familiar, well-tolerated foods.

Movement is a critical component to overall health and wellness. You don’t have to be a seasoned athlete, or training for a marathon, in order to be motivated to exercise. Simply find a workout routine that inspires and excites you. Get creative. Moving your body for just 30 minutes a day is a great way to increase energy, maintain a healthy weight, and support your overall health.


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