Holla Chicas!!! (My roomie says this too much :P)
Lately, I’ve been getting a little light-headed at the beginning of my workouts though I eat ~200 calories about 30 minutes before. I’ve also noticed I’ve been eating less protein than usual. Could that be why I get dizzy?
Apart from the less protein aspect, I haven’t changed my workout intensity at all and I’m getting more sleep than ever before! Hmmm…Any professional’s out there got some feedback for me?
Let’s look at more eats while you’re kindly helping me ponder this problem. 🙂
No Time for Oats
A nice big apple, a Wildblueberry PURE Bar for breakfast and a pack of Wold of Grains garlic herb crackers for my AM snack (Love the grainy-ness!!). Though everything was tasty, my tummy misses the HOT and slurpy oats.
My first blueberry PURE bar ever!
Taste: I love the slightly tart flavor of blueberries in this bar!!
The organic dates helped to tone down the sour factor and the
larger-than-average cashew & walnut pieces embedded throughout the bar
gave it a fragrant indulgent flavor.
Texture: The bar was really moist and slightly chewy thanks to natural
stickiness of the dates. The surprisingly crunchy nuts really made
this bar stand out, adding a wonderful and unique textural contrast to
Overall: LOVE that this bar is naturally fruity but still satisfying,
moist but also crunchy! Flavor-wise, it reminds me of the much-loved
Larabars but packs MORE protein and has a great crunch from the nuts!
Overall, a delicious and tasty bar that I’d eat again and again. I
just wish it were less expensive.
Pass the SOGGY Wrap!
For lunch, I made a big side salad consisting of carrots, roasted red peppers, canned artichokes, cucumbers, and mixed greens. The soggy part comes in here – the garlic stir-fry of egg whites, enoki mushrooms, & 4 cups of spinach to stuff into my wrap.
At lunch, I just heated up the stir-fry and a Yantoufan WW wrap, then stuffed it with 4 tbs Athenos Hummus, half a can of french cut green beans, and my stir-fry!! It was SO warm and juicy…mmmm. I LOVE hot lunches.
Sometime around 3, I wanted something sweet and reached for one of these Revolution Foods mini PB&J’s. For 110 calories, this was quite a little sandwich.
Overall, I probably wouldn’t eat this flavor of Sammie again, mainly
because I don’t think the grape and PB combo worked for me. I AM a 100% Strawberry jam & PB combo fan. 🙂
I was pretty hungry by the time 7pm rolled around and busted out a WINTERMELON cake from Chinatown. If you translate this pasty literally from Chinese, I had a “Wife Cake”. YUMMMYYY!!!
It’s hard to explain what it is exactly, so click here for a recipe illustrated by pictures of how to make a Wife Cake! 🙂
I tried to slice it into wedges, but couldn’t resist and ate the whole thing.
Dinner Feast for Two
Nothing like treating yourself well on a weekday night huh?
I went over to the bf’s home to cook dinner. We each made 3 dishes! Guess which one’s were mine.
Here’s what they were from the top left:
- Turkey meatballs in tomato sauce, boiled edamame, terriyaky bak choy,
- Home-baked assorted pita chips, beer-steamed orange roughy, spinach & beansprout miso stir-fry!
OK, so I made this stir-fry and wanted to pay tribute to it because we finished it first!
The only leftovers after dinner were the meatballs. heheheh
Oatmeal Honey Peanut Choc Chip Cookies
Of course…I had to bake again! The boyfriend wasn’t a fan of these cookies claiming they were too “oaty” for him. Grrr I will convert him one day!!!
We devoured 2 warm cookies each with some coconut milk vanilla bean ice-cream. Yuuuuummm.
I really enjoyed this flavor and would buy it again if I
wanted a natural tasting coconut-flavorerd ice-cream! I wouldn’t use it in
replacement of vanilla ice-cream because it packs too much flavor by
itself, but I’d eat it right out of the tub. Or even in plain
oatmeal!!! HMMM…I think that’s what I’m going to do next.
Hope you guys have had a FABULOUS day…
and if you have your 2 cents on pre-workout dizziness, please drop me a line or two. 🙂
That’s my favorite flavor Pure Bar!
Wife Cake sounds very interesting.. im sure its delishhhh!
Your oatmeal honey peanut choc chip cookies are making my mouth water.. mmm 😀
Okay, the wife cake looks insanely hard. I think I’m going to either get it from Chinese bakery in Chicago or save it for when I’m a more proficient baker.
All your food looks yummy today! Too bad the boyfriend didn’t appreciate your cookies. LAME!
Ooooh Wife Cake! I ate it all the time when I was in Hong Kong a few years back. LOL!!! =D
And duuudde, I’m coming over and dinning with you guys, I don’t care if I’m not invited! LOL HAHAHA =D
that watermelon cake looks delicious!
Are you drinking enough water before your workouts? I get dizzy when I am hot and dehydrated. You two cooked up a delicious feast…yum!
I think it might depend on what exactly you’re eating before you workout and also how long you workout. The protein could be a factor, but protein usually helps repair after a workout; your body preferably uses carbs for fuel.
You and your bf are such great cooks! 🙂
Your cookies looks so good!!!
The blueberry pure bar is the one I can’t find and desperately want to try.
Now.. craving it even more. Glad you enjoyed it!
I would say maybe try to eat a substantial meal 2-4 hours before your workout with a good amount of protein and unrefined carbs to slow the rate of gastric emptying a bit. Some people, if they do eat carbs 1/2 to 1 hour before a workout, it can cause a spike in insulin who’s job is to reduce the blood sugar, then exercise also causes a reduction in blood sugar. This can lead to hypoglycemia and possibly shaky/dizziness. Maybe you can give that a try? Does it last through your entire workout or change if you say drink an electrolyte drink during? Hydration would be another good place to look at. Everything looks so good! I love that jammy sammy, how cute 🙂
some fabulous food porn here!! those cakes look great, chinese sweets can be so amazing. the feast for two looks fantastic!! and i’ll take you bf’s share of those cookies, i love oatiness 😉
no idea for advice about pre-workout food… the comment above looks very informative though!
Hi dear~~ sorry to know that you feel dizzy before workout. I think there can be two reasons. 1) you’re not eating right, from what I can see, a lo of veggies but as you said, not enough protein and good fat source. but I doubt it could affect you so much if it’s only one or two days of that kind of eats. Of course, it depends on how long you’ve been having this kind of eats…. if it’s for weeks, then I think this is the reason. You may want to increase on those two food groups. 2) it’s just that your body itself is weaker than usual. We go over cycles, sometimes we just get weaker than normal and in those times it’s better to listen to the body and get some rest. if you push it further, you’ll feel bad and it makes the recovery harder.
well….not professional words, just my thoughts. I hope it helps.
I wish I could help you on the dizziness, but the only times I’ve felt dizzy during workouts are when I haven’t eaten enough before hand. Maybe the extra protein will help? Or more water?
I am on a serious mission to find Pure bars! They look so yummy. I love the Larabars I’ve tried, but more protein sounds good to me.
Those cookies look SO FREAKIN’ good!
I keep seeing those Pure bars – and the BLUEBERRY is totally the one I want to try! Thanks for the “review! 🙂
Sorry about the dizziness!! Maybe check to make sure you’re hydrated? Sometimes I would get dizzy if I didn’t have enough sugar before working out?
All of the food looks sooo yummy, especially the soggy wrap 🙂
Im no professional so I’m not really sure what advice I would give about getting dizzy. Sometimes I get dizzy during a workout if I have taken in too much caffine, or just get dehydrated. Hope you can figure it out, I know that is frustrating!!
are you eating some healthy fats? like pb & banana would be great or pb & toast would help. also ditto the water.
If you’re not eating enough in day before your workout – a measily 200 cals priorto your workout aint gonna help much either! make sure you’re eating enough in general!
Wow! Your dinner looks amazing. I’m pretty sure those cookies would be perfect to me. Especially, with ice cream! 🙂
I hope you solve the dizziness problem. I have that problem occasionally, and it is usually when I haven’t had enough water beforehand. That’s never a problem when I work out late in the day, as I sip all day long, but it is sometimes a problem if I work out in the morning. It’s no fun!
holy cow you’re the stirfry queen 🙂
Wow! There is a ton of great food in this post! Thanks for the review on the Pure Bar, I have been wanting to try them for quite some time. And, I too, am strictly a strawberry jam and PB fan. That just seems to be the best combination!
Sorry I missed the granola giveaway.
your dinner and dessert look so yummy!!! as for the workouts, definitely try switching up that pre-workout snack and make sure you are drinking lots of h20 and see if that works!!
Darn it – I want to try PURE bars so bad!!! Got to keep my eye out for those puppies!!
ill take one those cookies please. [more like seven!]
Sorry about the dizziness!!! Maybe try getting more carbs or protein into your diet for the next few days and see how that works!!! If there is still dizziness than maybe you are getting sick? 😦
I’m not sure, but all the food looks great…especially the stir fry!
Yikes about the dizziness! I like what EatingRD said. Also, are you warming up properly? If you’re starting out really hard-core without a warm up, that could be making you feel ill. I know I’ve done that 😦
P.S. I sent you an email!
wife’s cake! as a fellow asian, I know exactly what you’re talking about! I love those! they’re so sticky and gooey inside! mm! wonder why they’re called that though?
Woah everything looks great!
I’ve been wanting to try those PURE bars. Yum 🙂
As for the dizziness…. do you drink enough water? That would be my only guess!
hiya! if you’re looking to increase protein, try spirulina powder. it’s basically blue green algae, but don’t let that scare you off 🙂 it’s basically the best source of vegetable protein on earth…a green superfood!
That surely is one huge feast for two! But I bet it was tasty 🙂
And I think your cookies look good, especially with the coconut milk ice cream.