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Hitting the Gym? Avoid These Foods Before Your Workout

September 18, 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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Enjoy Farm to Table Cuisine and Delightful Cocktails at Austin’s Salty Sow

September 17, 2014 11:05 am

Harold Marmulstein grew up with a love for high quality food. His father owned a bakery in upstate New York where Harold spent many early mornings and late nights developing a deep appreciation for cuisine. That passion drove him to the Culinary Institute of New York, and, over the course of his career, to the kitchens of more than 30 high-end dining establishments throughout the country where he worked as executive chef.

He finally landed at Salty Sow in Austin, where he's more than just the executive chef—he's also a partner. This means Harold has a voice in creating its menu of farm-to-table fare that utilizes the ingredients of local purveyors. Regular diners praise the Salty Sow's duck fat fries, a small plate that exemplifies the French food influences of this place's New American cuisine menu. The menu also encompasses bacon-wrapped filet mignon, asiago-crusted halibut, and a double cheeseburger.

Some customers suggest that the main draw is Salty Sow's cocktail list. Visit and you can sip a glass of the sparkling sangria or a Rosemary's Piglet cocktail (bubbly pomegranate juice and rosemary syrup) while you dine on tasty French-American food!

Salty Sow
1917 Manor Road
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 391-2337

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Legends of the Caribbean at Departure Lounge

September 13, 2014 10:00 am

Legends of the Caribbean
Departure Lounge
311 W 5th Street at Guadalupe
Austin, TX 78701

September 20th, 2014, 2pm – 5pm

Want to learn about our favorite hotels in the Caribbean? Join your Windsor Gold partner, Departure Lounge, on Saturday, September 20, 2-5 p.m. for “Legends of the Caribbean” to discover top recommendations for island destinations.

These amazing resorts have provided door prizes and special offers for attendees. Enjoy a virtual, visual getaway to each resort, as well as happy hour pricing on Departure Lounge’s wine flights. Find out which famous resort was the venue for a private performance by Diana Ross for Departure Lounge Founder Keith Waldon. They will also be introducing you to these fantastic properties:

Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France, St. Barths
Ladera, St. Lucia
The Regent Palms, Turks & Caicos
Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort, Antigua
Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas
Belmond La Samanna, St. Martin
The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico
Viceroy Resorts and Residences, Anguilla
Rosewood Little Dix Bay, Virgin Gorda
Caneel Bay Resort, St. John
Eden Roc at Cap Cana, Dominican Republic
Half Moon, A RockResort, Jamaica
Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
One & Only Ocean Club, Bahamas
Rosewood Tucker's Point, Bermuda

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