FIRST, HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY. SECOND, IT'S THE TRUTH! YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT.

Yup, when it comes to fitness, you really are what you eat, but even more important is to remember, what you eat is just as important as when you eat it. This is called nutritional timing. Nutrition is more than stuffing your face with foods that are categorized as being “For Sport Nutrition.” To get the full benefit of sport nutrition there is a lot to be mindful of: What to eat for a specific workout, when to eat it, where in your workout you should eat it, and how it works in your body. Here are Vegacreator Brendan Brazier's basic guidelines for Nutritional Timing. Because when you eat is just as important as what you eat:  BEFORE A WORKOUT: The most important factor in a pre-exercise snack is digestibility. If the food eaten shortly before a training session requires a large amount of energy to digest, it will leave the body with less energy—the last thing you want before exercise. Also, eating too much protein right before intense exercise may result in muscle cramping, since protein requires more fluid to be metabolized than carbohydrate or fat. Use protein to build muscle, not to fuel it. It's also important to go into workouts hydrated. Make sure throughout the day you're drinking plenty. For short bouts of high-intensity exercise, fuel up on simple carbohydrates that deliver both quick and prolonged energy. Dried Fruits offer a good source of glucose, which goes straight to the liver for immediate energy. Fructose, has a lower glycemic index than glucose, which means it kicks in at a slower rate once consumed and burns more slowly, which prolongs its effectiveness. DURING A WORKOUT: Sweat consists of water and electrolytes, both of which need to be replaced during exercise. A drink rich in electrolytes can help maintain smooth muscle contractions and energy levels. In exercise sessions exceeding two hours, consume easily digestible nutrients (like gels and chews) as well, about every 25 minutes. As mentioned earlier, the combination of glucose- and fructose-rich foods, (in the form of an energy bar or gel), makes for an excellent quick-energy, endurance-boosting fuel. RECOVERY: Recovering from your workouts is a complex process that involves how—and when—you nourish your body. Consider the following six key elements in your post-workout recovery nutrition:
  • Muscle glycogen replenishment, muscle tissue repair and protein synthesis
  • Hormonal support
  • Soft-tissue repair
  • Immune function
  • Inflammation reduction
  • Rehydration
The right combination of nutrients consumed immediately following exercise—especially carbohydrates and protein (in a 3:1 or 4:1 ratio), plus healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, accompanied by quality rest, offers you a distinct, faster-recovery athletic advantage. Key thing to remember: Quality protein is far more important than quantity.

NUTRIENT TIMING FOR DUMMIES.

Vega Nutrition is more than plant-based, vegan food made from clean ingredients. The entire line of food was made to work in synergy with one another. Basically, it's the perfect line of food if you want to get obsessed with nutrient timing. Each piece of food is designed with purpose to work during a different point of your day and workouts. If you want to try it out, item by item, everything Vega has to offer, check out the Complete Vega Box.
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