There’s a persistent myth that you shouldn’t eat before yoga. It’s an understandable mistake to make. Many people worry that they’ll feel ill following food with an hour of contortions. But, eating before your class can help energize you and help your body burn energy more efficiently. It all comes down to eating the right foods before heading to your class. A few of the best choices:
A half-cup serving of oatmeal has enough protein, healthy carbs and fiber to help you stay energized and to stave off hunger until after your class. Top with fresh berries for a delicious extra-nutritious punch.
2. Fresh fruit.
Apples and pears offer energy, fiber and hydration to get you through your class. Bananas help with a good dose of potassium, which works with sodium to keep you hydrated. Melon contains a lot of water and fiber to help stave off thirst through class. Just be sure to avoid acidic fruits like citrus right before class. Acidic foods can lead to stomach upset during some poses.
3. Dried fruit.
Dried fruit like raisins, prunes and dried apricots all have the advantage of being very easily portable. The sugars in these naturally-sweet treats allows you to get a burst of energy. The fiber keeps you full and allows you to feel full throughout your class.
4. Greek yogurt.
This creamy snack has plenty of protein to fuel your practice. The calcium is good for strong bones. The natural sugar in dairy products, lactose, gives you sustained energy to take you through class.
This natural powerhouse is a favorite of many health-loving people. The healthy fats in an avocado make this fruit nutrient dense, so you don’t have to eat a lot to feel full and satisfied. A dose of magnesium and potassium that is 60% higher than what a banana contributes helps support proper cell and muscle function. And, avocados help promote lean muscle growth and lower your cholesterol levels. Stick to half a fruit before practice to avoid feeling overfull.
Nuts like almonds, walnuts and pecans are high in protein, fiber and healthy fats to keep you energized and sated all through class. The magnesium and potassium contribute to your electrolyte levels. Pick nuts that are plain and unsalted so that you can benefit the most.
7. Dark chocolate.
This is a smooth and indulgent treat that does not have to contain a ton of calories. Chocolate is known to keep blood sugar levels smooth and help boost concentration. Eat high cacao chocolate and savor it to enjoy the feeling fullness longer.
By snacking in moderation before class, you will find that you feel better, more energetic and less likely to be distracted by hunger. Pick up a favorite food to eat before heading to a class at our Vacaville yoga studio and see how your performance improves.