I was glad that many of you understood what I meant about my peanut butter and chocolate obsession. I will admit to having taken a few spoonfuls of my PB&Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams throughout the day today…
I have been thinking about something I was told after my group bike ride last week. After we finished out 65 miles, the one hardcore rider immediately reached for a can of Coke. I found this kind of curious when there was Gatorade, water, etc. available.
When she noticed our goofy looks, she said “I once was told to drink soda after a long workout.” I found this sort of interesting. She wasn’t positive why, but figured that the calories, sugar, and caffeine were there to boost the system post workout.
This made me pretty interested. I mean, I guess it makes sense to put back some of the calories lost while exercising. But I was still kind of interested to see if there was any real research regarding the information.
So of course, I had a little date with Google today. Coca-Cola says that “children who have been exercising may not drink enough water to get back to the hydration point that they need to be at. So with a little bit of flavoring and a little bit of sweetness, they will drink enough then to get back to where they need to be.” (source).
I find this interesting. I immediately thought “make them some lemonade!” I will admit to being slightly addicted to Diet Dr. Pepper, but I don’t use it to fuel my body, hydrate, or gain calories. In fact, I am trying to wean myself from it!!
Apparently, a lot of body builders drink sodas after their workouts. One source I found states that “the sugar rush causes a rise in insulin, which tends to negate muscle breakdown associated with hard training.” (source). It also states that sugar helps to rebuild the muscle glycogen stores.
In my opinion, there is not a strong argument for drinking soda after a workout. I feel as though water is still my best source of hydration, and I will continue to get a good source of protein after a workout.
On another note, I made an awesome squash/zucchini combo with some of my leftover soup for dinner tonight (Mama should be proud!). I thinly cut up some of my fresh produce, put some salt, pepper, and garlic powder on it, and baked it on 450 for about twenty minutes (with a flip half way!). It turned out fantastic!
Oh, and look who made a visit to my house today…look at this little cutie!
Her name is Minnie and she is six weeks old. Makes me miss when my little Gene Gene was actually little!
Now, he is huge…and mad at me for finding another kitty friend.
What are your thoughts on the soda post-workout?
Do you have full on conversations with your animals? I know I do!