How I Power up for My Training

Good morning everyone! I am on my way to the dojo, but before I leave I want to share what I eat before and after my training session. So here we go:

IMG_2715 - BLOG I do not like to eat too much prior to a workout since my body will not have enough time to digest it. I, therefore, eat small and make sure that I load up on good nutrients that digest quickly so that my body can put them to good use right away.

Featured on the picture above are Chlorella and Spirulina, two sea algae which have amazing health benefits. They do add a bit of protein to your diet, so make sure you do not over consume – especially if you are following the 80 10 10 raw vegan diet. If you wish to learn more about why I take Chlorella and Spirulina, then please visit the Supplements category and look for the post named after the two. Since I only take these algae every other day, I try to make sure that I always take them on a day when I am working out.

Besides the algae, there are also three organic, ripe bananas, and a one liter jar of lemon water in which I put the MSM, also featured on the picture. To read more about MSM, please take a look in the Supplements category and look for the post named MSM.

IMG_2724 - BLOGI wake up at 8 a.m., get dressed and stretch a little bit. I then wander out to the kitchen and prepare my breakfast before I head for my bus, which leaves at 9:30. In my shaker bottle, I put one teaspoon of Spirulina and two teaspoons of Chlorella, and then add 400 ml/12 fl.oz. of cold tap water. In my lemon water, I put ¼ teaspoon of MSM. I drink the water first, then wait about 15-20 minutes before I drink the Green Shake. This is so I do not stress my body in the morning. I always begin my morning with a liter or more of water, especially before a workout, to make sure I stay hydrated. Lemon water is especially good since it is cleansing and it provides a fresh taste as well as good nutrients. MSM just makes the lemon water even more powerful!

I then chug my Green Shake, fill the bottle up with ½ cup more of water and drink up one more time. This is to ensure I get all the green stuff into my body. I then wait another 15-20 minutes before I eat my bananas. Depending on their size, I have two to four of them. The bus ride takes almost half an hour which gives me plenty of time to digest the shake and the fruit.

IMG_2731 - BLOG It is not that big of a breakfast, but I feel light, energized and strong. My workout lasts for two hours, from 10-12, and I am usually not at home until 2 p.m. I then have a big, high carb smoothie and my daily vegan multivitamins.

Be happy and clean, stay fruity and green!

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Hiking

This week I am off work, which is great since it gives me plenty of time to relax and enjoy an entire day. I have been really exited to be outside lately. Perhaps this has to do with winter passing, but I honestly cannot remember the last time I felt like being outside for n particular reason. I like this new feeling, and I believe this is one of many bonuses which follow with this new lifestyle. I am so grateful.

Yesterday I brewed some herbal tea, YOGI Classic Original, filled my Nalgene water bottle, put some bananas in my backpack and headed out for the woods. Even though it is still winter over here, the sun kept shining the entire time and the air was balmy and crisp. Sitting on an old and fallen tree with a cup of warm tea while embracing the sounds of nature, and letting the mind fall into state of bethinking is very revitalizing.

Enjoy the photo bomb! And please forgive me for the poor quality.

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Be happy and clean, stay fruity and green!