How Soon After Eating Can You Exercise? | Yuri Elkaim

How Soon After Eating Can You Exercise?

Welcome to this week’s edition of #AskYuri! Today, I’m tackling a two-part question from Ida Walsh. First, she wants to know how soon she can exercise after she eats.

That’s something I’m certain a lot of you have wondered about as well. I’m sure when you were younger you were told that you had to wait an hour after you’d finished eating before you could go swimming. The reason for that, as far as I understand, is because digestion diverts a lot of blood flow to your stomach and away from your muscles.

If you were to go swimming too soon, you’d probably start cramping up because there’s a lot of activity happening in your gut. It’s kind of the same thing with exercise. If you’re eating a meal, give your body a chance to digest it. If you’re eating a substantial meal, give yourself a good two to three hours until you exercise.

That said, if you are going for a workout relatively soon but you’re feeling peckish, have something small to hold you over, like a banana. It won’t get in the way of your exercise, but will give you just enough energy to get through it and fend off any uncomfortable hunger pangs.

Finding the Right Protein Powder

Ida also wanted to know what protein powder I would recommend. She has great timing actually, as we’re in the process of formulating our very own protein powder. I’m taking my time to get it right, so it won’t be ready for a while. That said, I’m very excited about it!

In the meantime, I would recommend a vegan protein powder. I’m not a huge fan of whey protein, as it often causes all sorts of gastro-intestinal problems. Personally, I like Sunwarrior protein, which is a very good vegan protein powder. You can get it at, and also on

If you’re going this route, look for a powder that combines sprouted brown rice protein, hempseed protein, and maybe a bit of pea protein as well. You’ll easily be getting 20 grams in a scoop.

I hope this is helpful to everyone. Ida, thank you for your question!

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