Special thanks to Leah Perrotta, our Well-Being Navigator and Health Expert, for this week's blog!
At Gundalow, we talk a lot about self-love and fueling your ambition. That’s because we believe you really are what you eat (or drink) and that nutrition should be part of your self-care routine. Think about it. The food and drink choices we make can determine how we feel, how we think, and how we talk to ourselves throughout the day. When you view your eating habits as a form of self-respect, it can transform your experience with food.
I’ll admit, when I first started working with Gundalow, I was hesitant to promote juice, because I’d always been taught that juice = sugar and it was better to eat whole fruits and vegetables (hello, we need the fiber!). This narrow-minded judgement led to more negative self-talk after a decision to have a “sugary” drink.
But what I’ve learned is that when juice is made with real fruits and vegetables, and without added sugar or caffeine, it can be a healthy part of your diet – especially for athletes and fitness fanatics. However, deciding how to fuel your body before, during and after exercise can feel like a mental workout itself. Gundalow to the rescue! For example, did you know that because juice removes the fiber, our bodies can absorb the nutrients faster? Talk about a speedy recovery.
So, with the official start to spring this week (despite the blizzard conditions), we want to share how to make Gundalow part of your fitness routine to help you jump start your spring workouts and fuel your body when preparing, rocking and recovering from a workout!
Remember these key players in your diet:
- The time, intensity and type of workout you do will impact your prep and recovery needs. Keeping track of your calorie burn can also help you better understand how much you need to refuel post-workout.
- Carbs provide your body with energy, which is why it is important to have them before a workout to prepare your body, during to sustain your energy, and after to replace the stores of energy in your muscles that may have been lost.
- Water is one of the most underestimated players! Be sure to drink water before, during and after your workout to stay hydrated and keep your body at the right temperature.
- Commonly found in beet juice, nitrates (derived from the nitrogen in the soil where beets grow) have been shown to boost stamina by increasing vasodilation (widening of blood vessels, which decreases blood pressure), which helps the flow of oxygen to your muscles, increasing your aerobic capacity.
- Proteins are the building blocks of our body that can promote muscle development, repair body tissue, and be used for energy, but only after your body uses your carbohydrate stores (cue the juice!). It is important to monitor your protein intake – too much protein can be stored as fat, increase the change of dehydration, lead to calcium loss, or put strain your kidneys. Remember that while protein is important, it is just one part of the game plan.
- The A-Team: Amino Acids and Antioxidants. Amino acids combine to form proteins, and help our bodies break down food, grow, repair body tissue, and perform other functions. Antioxidants combat free radicals (which can be harmful to our bodies) and prevent cell damage.
gundalow Juice: Your favorite workout buddy
Looking for a reliable workout buddy? Look no further! Gundalow Juice is the perfect workout fuel because our juices can be easily broken down and quickly changed to usable energy for your body.
Here are some of our favorite Gundalow workout buddies:
- Beet Shot. Have you heard about Olympic athletes drinking beet juice? It’s for a good reason! Beets contain nitrates, which can help the flow of oxygen to the muscles and increase your aerobic capacity. Enjoy fifteen minutes before your spin class or run!
- Watermelon Waves. Watermelons contain an amino acid, Citrulline, that converts to arginine in your body that promotes blood flow, as well as, vasodilation. Watermelons are also great sources of antioxidants, and of course hydration. We like to freeze our Watermelon Waves (which also has 3 grams of protein per bottle) so that it is a perfect icy treat during a tough as nails workout.
- Starboard Strawberry. Starboard Strawberry can help you recover from a high-intensity workout by decreasing inflammation. Strawberries and pineapple contain antioxidants, and basil has many healing benefits – a recovery trifecta! Add it to your protein powder for a fruity post-workout drink.
- Sailor’s Delight. Organic raspberries offer antioxidants, while keeping it low on the glycemic index (a scale that ranks foods based on their impact on blood sugar). A touch of ginger also provides metabolism benefits. Our Sailor’s Delight will delight your taste buds after a good sweat, providing a refreshing refuel of carbohydrates.
Not sure where to start? Make it a bundle! Currently on sale, our new Spring Bundle is a great way to dip your toes into Gundalow if you haven’t tried us yet. Our Workout Bundle (Beet Shot and Watermelon Waves) provides the best of both worlds for helping you push through that extra mile, squat, tuck, or sprint. Also – check out our first charity bundle, We Run This, to support Girls on the Run – an organization that inspires young athletes to be joyful, healthy and confident! We love any organization that’s committed empowering the next generation of strong and powerful women (YGG)!
As you jumpstart your spring fitness routine, remember that every athlete’s body is unique, and eating well is a form of self-respect. That means pairing our juices with wholesome and nutritious food to recover and gear up for the next challenge. Include the key players, especially carbohydrates and protein as part of your pre- and post-workout routine to keep you sailing windward.
Long story short – there is no miracle potion or quick fix – and making healthy choices can and should taste good. Creating a nutritious diet is an act of self-love, and at Gundalow, we want to be a part of your self-love routine.
How are you fueling your ambitions with Gundalow? Share and tag us in your fitness photos!
Always talk to your doctor before starting an exercise routine or making significant changes to your diet