I’m a personal trainer, author, nutritionist, and life coach. I guide my clients to reach for protein and fat (healthy dietary fat) after a workout because we need to fuel the muscles we just exercised. In order for muscles to grow, we need to feed them protein during the recovery phase. The healthy fats keep us full longer so we do not reach for the candy bar or cheese puffs or any (fake) junk foods.
Most folks are hungry after a workout with weights or when using the heart, such as a cardio workout like hiking, running, dancing, etc. Rather than processed foods which may have lots of refined carbs and sugar, I tend to guide my clients towards chicken, fish, seafood, or naturally cured jerky from those animals. Protein keeps us full longer than toast or cereal, and the energy levels stay consistent through the day. Adding healthy dietary fats and greens means the digestion will move smoothly and nutrients will evenly absorb as well. Try raw nuts and seeds and their butters with some Greek yogurt. Add cinnamon or Lakanto. Try butter and dried fruits rolled into balls with coconut flakes and dates. How about trying some raw cheeses and veggies?
I suggest 30 grams of protein at each meal. If you are like me and don’t eat breakfast because you like to exercise in a fasted state, you can double up on protein at a later meal. Cravings seem to fade after eating protein and fats as well. Lucky me! Lucky you!
I hope this helps you on your journey.
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