Fuel Your Body Right: 10 Foods to Steer Clear of After Working Out

By Hannah de Gruchy / Nutrition / April 4th, 2022

1. Spicy Foods

Spicy Foods

Most of us love a curry, but whether we can’t get enough korma or we’re more into madras it’s not a sensible idea to eat hot or spicy food after a gym session.

Anything with chilli in it is best avoided including spicy dips and sauces. Chillies contain a substance called capsaicin which can irritate the digestive system, plus hot, spicy foods are more difficult to digest.

After exercise, our body is trying to repair itself and replenish its energy stores, so hitting it with a meal that’s difficult to digest will interfere with this recovery process. Instead, fuel your body with lean protein such as chicken breast, fish, tofu, chickpeas or lentils.


Food that contains chillies can irritate the gut and slow down the recovery process needed after exercise. If you need a substantial meal, opt for lean protein and steamed vegetables instead of a curry.


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