Have you ever found yourself feeling uneasy after consuming a certain food? If yes then have you ever thought that “Maybe I am eating the right food at the wrong time and in the wrong proportion”. Even your nutritionist does not tell you in detail what to eat before getting engaged in any kind of activity. Well, I want to share some of my personal experiences that would definitely make you think twice before eating anything!
When I was in school, my mother always used to make me have almonds with a glass of milk a night before my every exam. I didn’t realized the magical benefits of almonds back in those days until now. I researched more about it and came to know that almonds are considered as the ‘brain food’ as it contains a high amount of vitamins and minerals that prevents one’s cognitive impairments. In simple words, almonds are the best food to have during exams!
Likewise, I am going to tell you another story about one of my close friends who used to go to yoga classes on an empty stomach. After every class, she used to complain that she failed to concentrate during meditation and this made her more stressed. Then I recommended her to have bananas, avocado, milk or some dark chocolates before going to yoga classes. As expected, after few days, she thanked me for my advice as her concentration power boosted like never before!
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Still not convinced? No worries!! I will explain you more. Below I have enlisted all these wonderful foods that you should have before doing anything. Let’s begin.
Food Before Work Out
Can you expect to drive without gas? Of course NO!! With that being said, workout without food is of no use. Your body needs certain amount of nutrients and energy to get the better result from extensive work out and exercise. Here is a list of some proper diet before work out.
- Boiled chicken
- Greek yogurt
- Fruit smoothies
- Sweet potatoes
- Brown rice or bread
- Protein shakes
These foods contain the right amount of protein and healthy fats. But make sure you consume the above mentioned food 30 minutes before your work out.
Food Before Yoga
Most of you might not know this but it’s important to know the blood sugar level during yoga. Your blood sugar level must be balanced to avoid low energy, distractions and mood swings during yoga. I often hear and see people performing yoga asanas on an empty stomach. But ask yourself, can you concentrate if your tummy is not happy? No, you can’t. So, it’s better to have something like a green tea or some smoothies before yoga. The forward bends and deep twists during yoga can make you burp and pass gas, hence avoid foods that induce those. Try eating healthy nibbles like:
- Berries with yogurt
- Dark chocolate/Energy bar
Food Before Bed
Good sleep is crucial for one to get away from illness. One must get at least 6-8 hours of sleep per day to remain healthy. I know that most of you go to bed immediately after eating a heavy meal at night; this is an unhealthy practice. Eating heavy and sleeping right away increases the fat concentration and develop the risk of obesity.
Not only this, the kind of food you eat before sleeping also increases the risk of insomnia and stress. Certain food like coffee, sugary drinks and spicy food disturbs the sleep pattern. Hence, keeping that in mind, I am going to suggest what to eat before sleeping. Have a look!
- Chamomile Tea
- Cherry Juice
Food Before Exam
If you did not know, our brain uses 20% glucose, 40% water, 35% minerals and vitamins, and a staggering 50% fats in total. Hence, it is necessary to get a good diet for the proper functioning of your brain. And our brains during exams are pretty much strained due to long hours study.
Exams are the time when our brain squeeze out every thing we have learned so far but a tired and malnourished brain cannot function properly, making you go blank and forget answers. Trust me, we hate when it happens! But have you ever thought this might be because of that old sandwich, or sugary cookies, cakes and junk food you ate last night. Remember eating these types of food only makes your brain dull and blank. Hence eating foods like:
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Dark chocolate
- Bone Broth
- Eggs, etc.
are beneficial for your brain and memory power during exams.
Food Before Swimming
Swimming is considered one of the best work out to lose weight and remain fit. Your body needs the food that is rich in complex carbohydrate and nutrients for swimming. An empty stomach makes you tired as the body uses the stored carbohydrates and nutrients. So, you should boost energy by consuming foods that have a lot of nutrients and carbs before swimming. Food like:
- Sweet Potato
- Snack Bars/Energy bars
are ideal for eating before diving in for a swim. However, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s not healthy to eat and go for swimming right away. It’s necessary to allow 2-4 hours rest before going for a swim in case you’ve had a heavier meal.
Food Before Surgery
According to the traditional pre-op order, you are not allowed to eat or drink anything after midnight if you have surgery the next day. However, the length of the recommended fasting before surgery given by the doctors is unnecessarily long. The Society Anesthesiologists says those who undergo surgery can consume the following:
- Liquids like water, black tea, black coffee & fruit juice up to two hours before the surgery.
- Light meals like toast with tea, coffee, up to six hours before the surgery.
- Heavy meals like the fried items, up to eight hours before the surgery.
A long fast may add to discomfort during recovery. Fasting can lead to headaches, nausea, dizziness and dehydration. Dehydration can be serious and makes it difficult for nurses to draw blood for necessary tests.
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