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By Oluwatoyin Adeleye

Whether you’re tackling your first 5Km or training for the #AccessBankLagosCityMarathon, it’s important to fuel your body in order to kick some butt during your sweat session, but you must be careful while doing this. While exercising on an empty stomach isn’t the best idea, fueling up the wrong way before a run can cause stomach cramps, dizziness, and headaches. So here’s what to eat and what not to eat on Saturday:

What to eat: 300- to 400-calorie meal containing carbs, protein, and healthy fats. These include;

  • Whole wheat pasta with cheese and veggies
  • Oatmeal with fruit and nuts
  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
  • Greek yogurt with fruit, nuts, and granola
  • Fruit, yogurt, and greens smoothie (or this vegan protein smoothie that tastes like a vanilla milkshake!)

What not to Eat: Fibrous veggies and high-fat foods that are hard to digest:

  • Broccoli, onions, and a large serving of beans
  • Cream-based soups, burgers, fries, and ice cream

What to eat: 150-calorie snack containing easily digestible carbs and a little protein:

  • Whole wheat toast with nut butter
  • Banana and a small handful of cashews
  • Whole grain crackers and hummus
  • Small bowl of cereal
  • Half a fruit-and-nut bar
  • Cheese stick and carrots

What to avoid: Large meals and foods that are difficult to digest:

  • Spicy foods
  • Pears, apples, and melons

What to eat: Small serving of easily digestible carbs:

  • Half a banana
  • Applesauce
  • A few saltine crackers
  • Raisins

What to avoid: Large serving of protein and carbs or high-saturated fat and high-fiber foods:

  • Pasta
  • Bagel and cream cheese
  • Fried foods
  • Granola or energy bar (high in calories and fiber)

Above all, remember to keep hydrated, so drink about 15 to 20 ounces of water one to two hours before working out. Sip another eight ounces 15 minutes before. Now go and #AccessTheLife.

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