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Jan 22, 2008 12:13 PM

What do you indulge in after a good workout?

So the thread about the marathon training got me thinking. I run,hike,and kayak among other things. Helps offset the calories and I enjoy the activities. For the most part, I carry traditional hiking food with me...nuts..powerbars ...fruit as I am out in the mountains or out on a river. However, when I do a hike close in or an urban hike, nothing is better than a good challenging hike followed by a bowl of pho.

So I am curious. How do you treat yourself?

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  1. After a really good non-workout workout day (ie hike, kayak, etc for pleasure v. for pain), I'll usually sit down with a hot cup of coffee or wine and some hunk of carb/protein. Small, but satisfying: croissant, biscotti, crusty bread with olive oil, cheese & charcuterie, dark chocolate and bacon, croque monsieur. Makes a nice and civilized end to an otherwise rowdy day.

    1. Directly after the workout I have a handful of trail mix. It varies after that, but some of my favourites are:

      - shrimp pad thai
      - slice of cheese pizza
      - spaghetti with tomato sauce and salad

      This is assuming I didn't eat before the workout. Otherwise, the trail mix is it and I treat myself once later in the week (workout three times a week, one meal is the treat for me, rest of the wrrk are the sensible low calorie balanced meals).

      1. It seems to me that pho is not an indulgence in the typical sense of the word. It is a fairly healthy meal, and you could do worse. Say for example a large plate of fries followed by donut.

        Or: we bike a lot in the summer, and after a 2-4 hour bike, we were allowed to stop for poutine (fries gravy and cheese curds) on our way back. Makes the rest of the bike ride a bit more difficult, but the salt really hits the spot.

        Or: after a full day of ultimate (4 games) we are allowed to indulge in potato chips and brownies. Guilt free calories.

        1. My workouts are weights-based. The whole point is muscle maintenance/building, so "indulgence" is just out of the question. Why do all that work to blow it on the wrong food?

          So it's a pure protein shake with added simple carbs (dextrose). No fat (it would slow absorbsion).

          Yeah, hedonistic isn't it? ;-)


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          1. re: pomegranates

            ha, i'm boring like that too... an isopure based shake is my *indulgence* as well, often treating myself to cinnamony-vanilla goodness.

            i also love a large egg white omelette filled with mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes alongside steamed broccoli, cauliflower, and maybe carrots, and a little mashed butternut squash with cinnamon... yum.

            1. re: pomegranates

              My employment is fairly sedentary, but I really look forward to my exercise workouts before breakfast. The routine afterwards is a True Vitality vanilla protein-probiotic smoothie (apple juice or white grape,etc) with fruit blended in, and either a scoop of cottage cheese or a yogurt blended in. The True Vitality has 1% fat, with 17 grams carbs. My wife and I feel like fanatics when we order this stuff x 8 25.2oz containers at a time.

            2. I usually have a banana or a Cliff Z bar (the kids' version, smaller and less sugar.). I work out at 9 a.m. three times a week, so I have the carb portion of my breakfast first, either oatmeal or shredded wheat or granola or a bagel, and my snack after.