Your body is a temple, and trainer, cookie connoisseur, and all-around bad ass Spiritual Gangster Crosby Tailor is all about keeping your body as sacred as possible. We spent the day with the celebrity health coach and creator of Eat Dessert Burn Fat who is bringing the power of holistic healing to the health and fitness world. We were excited to spend the day with him in his Los Angeles home, as we talked about all things nutrition, astrology, youtube videos and work outs. Just as no workout is created equal, no post workout meal is the same. Different workouts utilize different muscles, metabolic functions, and recovery times. Crosby shares with us the best post-workout meals specifically geared towards hot yoga and weight training.
Hot yoga was first introduced in the 1970’s when Bikram Choudhury was teaching in Japan and noticed that his students would sit in hot saunas in between yoga classes. As an experiment, he heated a couple classes to 82 degrees, and noticed this temperature increased the performance and detoxification of his students. Now, Bikram classes are taken in a room heated to 104 degrees and Bikram Yoga has grown to be quite popular around the world.
If you are a hot yoga student, you are probably a devoted hot yoga student because you can get addicted to the high of releasing the stress in your body both mentally and physically. I got addicted to hot yoga a while back because my body was so tight from playing college football, and Bikram really helped loosen me up, especially my hips.
Bikram yoga boasts a variety of health benefits from increased levels of therapeutic flexibility, strength, and cardio to the detoxification of your vessel for healing of your muscles, organs, and glands.
Most of us don’t realize that this deep healing sweat also releases a majority of essential minerals from our bodies that after a while of not replenishing can result in an electrolyte imbalance that can cause some serious health issues. That’s why it’s so important to have a proper post workout shake or meal that recharges the bodies electrical current of minerals right after this Bikram experience.
MEGA MINERAL SHAKE
Cold pressed Green Juice or Coconut Milk/Coconut Water
1 serving Bone Broth protein or Plant Protein
1 tbs Collagen protein
1 tsp spirulina or 1 serving of your favorite greens powder
1 serving Premier Research labs Polar Minerals
1 tbs brain octane oil or favorite nut butter
1 scoop Natural Stacks Prebiotic powder
1 tbs powdered lakanto
Pinch pink salt
couple shakes of cinnamon
1/4 dropper stevia
Can of Wild Sardines or Wild Salmon Fillet (sodium & calcium)
Half an Avocado (potassium)
Dark Leafy Green Salad- best if cooked (magnesium)
Seaweed-flakes/nori/seaweed salad (chloride)
Saurkraut or some kind of Cultured Veggie (sodium & chloride)
Sweet Potato (potassium)
Some kind of sugar-free dressing (sodium)
POST WORKOUT LEAN BODY BUILDER
My workout routine consists of at least 2-3 days a week at the gym in order to get a couple heavy lifting days in to maximize strength, hormone levels, and lean body mass. You can “Tailor” your lifting session and post workout meal around gaining size or what I prefer, which is to encourage more growth hormone, muscle density and fat burning.
Some days, I choose to lift until failure while other days are spent on compound lifts like dead lifts, incline bench press, dips, pull ups or wide grip pull downs, and squats. The whole body is forced to work systemically, that will produce a hormonal cascade of growth hormone and testosterone enhancing benefits like greater protein synthesis and muscle growth. Therefore, by doing a workout of compound lifts you will be able to shuttle more protein into the muscle for your desired lean body density. When your hormones are on point you will also burn way more fat throughout the day. The one thing that stops the secretion of growth hormone post workout is a high glycemic, high carb meal.
If you want to be a sugar burner and glycogen replacer for the rest of your life, by all means get your 2 hour workout in, and then take down a sugary banana filled smoothie post workout. But in order to make the most out of your anabolic hormone of GH to stimulate more protein synthesis and expand your muscle fibers for more density, its better to resistant train with heavy weights, and allow your growth hormone to reach its peak post workout by not interfering with carbs.
So then what should you eat? I always make sure to have my BCAAs and glutamine handy directly after my workout to enhance that 30-60 minute GH window post workout. And ladies, please don’t be scared by all this hormone language! This will not bulk you up and in fact it will do exactly the opposite by making you more tone and lean. That window of growth hormone release is when your body burns a lot more body fat as well.
FUSI sells a very clean BCAA and Glutamine powder, and they are both free of fake chemical sweeteners and fermented vegan sources.
I also suggest throwing a serving of BCAAs in your water to drink during your workout. BCAAs, or Branched Chain Amino Acids (Leucine, Valine, Isoleucine) inhibit the release of cortisol so that you can keep your stress levels low and not go into a state of “fight or flight,” which will cause you to hold onto fat and encourage your body to inflame.
Now you’ve maximized your growth hormone window and its time to have a real meal or at least a nutrient dense smoothie.
Here is what I suggest next:
Unsweetened coconut or almond milk
Serving of protein powder (Bone Broth/Whey Concentrate/Plant Protein)
1 TBS Bulletproof Collagen (unless vegan)
1 TBS Premier Research Labs Nutritional Yeast Flakes
1 TBS Chlorella (optional for more Nucleotides)
2 frozen packs unsweetened Acai (antioxidants, good omegas)
1 scoop Natural Stacks Prebiotic powder or Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Powder
1 TBS Lakanto (zero sugar sweetener)
2 opened caps Life Extension Tart Cherry extract (anthocyanins-best antioxidant post workout)
1 serving mineral supplement or pinch of pink salt
1/4 dropper stevia to taste
If its been 45min-hr then a serving of fresh blueberries or goji to replenish glycogen
6 oz protein of choice (Grass-fed Bison/Lamb/Beef, Wild Salmon, Sardines, Ground Turkey, Low Mercury White Fish)
Couple servings of Veggies (cruciferous is best- broccoli, cauliflower, brussels) steamed, boiled, sauteed in ghee or grass fed butter, not charred)
2 TBS Premier Research Labs Nutritional Yeast Flakes on top of veggies (nucleotides)
TBS Olive Oil or Half Avocado (omega 9s, monounsaturated fats)
TBS Bulletproof Brain Octane Oil (MCTs)
Side of Fermented Veggies (Kimchee, Saurkraut, Cultured Veggie blend)
Handful Peeled Tiger Nuts (prebiotic/resistant starch)
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