Why Green Foods Make Good Fuel for Workouts
According to Fitness and body guru Andrea Orbeck (who happens to train several of the Victoria’s Secret models including Heidi Klum) whose background, beyond personal training includes a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary and certifications ranging from Intracellular Physiology to Postural Design and Myofascial Release technique, “Nutrition, in relation to your exercise program or ‘meal cadence,’ can promote energy, performance and proper recovery.” She believes that the base of good nutrition, and therefore a properly functioning body, is green.
Andrea has all of her clients start their day in a very green way—organic green juice. Why? To rid the system of stuck toxins and get the intestines moving smoothly first thing in the morning. “Over time, our increased exposure and ingestion of our toxic and chemical environment, (incorrect eating habits of acid foods, hormones, GMO foods, chemicals in products and air pollutants, to name a few!) effects our digestive systems and consequently our body.” For fast nutrients to get the system moving first thing in the morning, she suggests home-juiced alkalizing organic vegetables and organic leafy greens concocting a mixture made from romaine, kale, cucumber, zucchini, apple, lemon and ginger. (Hey, if Heidi does it, so will I!) Once the body machine is working properly, it’s time to convert that energy through exercise.
Andrea explains that when you exercise, your body burns through stored energy to sustain your movement. Your body then turns to a system called “glycolosis” to replace this energy. Glycolosis is a process of converting sugars (carbs) into usable energy that we need to contract a muscle and make a movement.
When it comes to what to eat pre, during, and post-workout, Michael Yang, L.Ac. DOM reminds us that “everyone’s bodies respond differently to workouts and foods. But unless you are a serious muscle head and need 5 lbs of fresh meat on you for tryouts in a month, or the Tour de France is on your radar, you can really stick to the general basics.”
Next Page: Some of Yang’s food suggestions.