Do You Wear the Healthy Halo?

haloWhat are you chowing down on after a workout? Do you have the what I call the healthy halo effect? What I mean is that clients often tell me: I just worked out so I deserved to eat the doughnut, cake, cookies, bacon cheeseburger, whatever. The thing is you don’t usually work out so hard that you’ve actually burned that many calories.

Most of us don’t work out long or hard enough to actually offset the extra calories. (PSA: Even if you have worked out that hard your body performs best when it is fueled by real food). One large sports drink or Starbucks flavored latte and you may have had more calories than you worked off. If you walk at a moderate pace for an hour you’ve burned about 320 calories. A grande pumpkin spice latte without whipped creme is 310 calories and don’t get me started on the 10 teaspoons of sugar in that drink.

A better choice after your workout? Water, unsweetened coconut water or a coffee that’s flavored with spices rather than one flavored with syrup. Need a snack? Have an apple with some peanut butter or a piece of string cheese. I love tamari with seaweed flavored brown rice cakes with hummus: a little salty, creamy and crunchy all at once. Greek yogurt with berries and a sprinkle of low-sugar granola is another good snack.

You can have the treat once in a while but don’t kid yourself that you deserve it for working out. It’s something you enjoy and you have it occasionally, nothing wrong with that.

Do you struggle with food choices? Not sure what the best foods are to help you lose weight and keep it off for good? Do you want a way to live that’s not full of guilt or denial? Send me an email, janinemchale@empoweredplate.com, for a complimentary 20 minute power session where we will discover the top 3 issues you are having and leave you with a tip that you can start using immediately.