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Hitting the Gym? Avoid These Foods Before Your Workout

September 24, 2014 12:04 pm

What you eat before a workout is just as important as what you eat after it, but many supposedly “healthy” foods can work against your fitness goals. Here are some of the most common foods that you should avoid if you’re on your way to the gym.

  1. Beans. It’s common knowledge that beans cause gas and bloating, and this discomfort around the midsection can have a negative effect on your workout. This can cause stomach discomfort during cardio activities like running, but it’s especially uncomfortable (and potentially embarrassing) during yoga or Pilates.
  2. Refined sugar. You know that refined sugar is never the best thing to eat, but it’s especially harmful before an intense workout. Consuming a large amount of sugar will give you a sugar rush that can make you feel more energized, but you’ll quickly crash and begin to feel sluggish.
  3. Salt. Salty foods cause you to become dehydrated, which is hazardous while working out. If you consume a bag of potato chips before hitting the gym, it could cause you to suffer a dehydration headache or muscle cramps.
  4. Fiber. Cereals, oatmeal, or other high-fiber foods should also be avoided before working out. Fiber helps to improve your digestive tract and is known to, well, speed up the digestion process, which could be hazardous when you’re running on a treadmill.

Worst Workout Foods: What Not to Eat Before a Workout [U.S. News]
20 Foods that Can Ruin Your Workout [Shape]
Foods to Avoid Before a Workout [PopSugar]
Top 5 Foods and Drinks to Avoid Before Workouts [SheKnows]

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Bite Into These Recipes for Delicious Pizza Dough

September 18, 2014 1:03 pm

Everyone loves pizza, which means that it’s likely one of your go-to dinner recipes on casual nights at home. Here are three great recipes for pizza dough that you can make right in your own kitchen.

The Pioneer Woman’s Favorite Pizza [The Pioneer Woman]
This vegetarian pizza dough recipe makes enough for two whole pizzas, so you can either store it for later or make two different types of pies. It also only requires four common ingredients that you probably already have on hand.

101 Cookbooks’ Best Pizza Dough Ever [101 Cookbooks]
The addition of olive oil gives this thin-crust pizza dough its moist, supple texture, and the overnight fermentation process provides the fluffy rise and golden brown color after baking. This recipe is a bit more involved than most, but if you want to create truly gourmet pizzas, it’s well worth the wait.

Martha Stewart’s Quick Basic Pizza Dough [Martha Stewart]
Most people make pizza on nights when they don’t have much time to spare, which makes this recipe a great one to have in your arsenal. Plus, you can refrigerate it for up to two hours or freeze it for up to three months for quick dinners in the future.

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Murphy’s: A Top Atlanta Restaurant

September 17, 2014 12:09 pm

Atlanta residents have hundreds of awesome restaurants to choose from, but one name that climbs to the top of almost every best-of list is Murphy’s. This Virginia Highland institution has been serving up New American cuisine for over three decades with no sign of slowing down, and regulars rave about their innovative, delicious dishes.

If you go for dinner, start your meal with a plate of the beer-braised mussels or a cup of their awesome black bean and Tasso ham soup. For entrees, everything is great but frequent eaters say that the grilled Georgia trout with Meyer lemon and arugula ravioli, roasted corn, pea shoots and feta is out of this world. The Guinness-braised beef brisket is a perfect hearty pick for a chilly evening.

Murphy's weekend brunches draw tremendous crowds for specialties like the Eggs T. Murphy – a pair of poached eggs served over honey cured ham on an English muffin and doused with perfect hollandaise sauce – as well as the tasty chilaquiles.

Murphy’s
997 Virginia Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 872-0904
http://www.murphys-atlanta-restaurant.com/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/murphys-atlanta

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